B I O G R A P H Y
As an artist in a globalized world, Andreas Arnold expresses himself through a musical kaleidoscope that reflects the classical traditions of his homeland Germany, jazz from the US where he has been living for the last decade, and music from the Mediterranean, in particular the Spanish art form of flamenco. Through this unique fusion, Arnold proves that purity is not defined by any one culture or style but transpires when one finds his voice to express his personal experience in society, art, and life.
While living between New York City and Andalusia, Spain, Arnold has participated in numerous productions as an instrumentalist, composer, improviser, and producer, touring on five continents. On his new album Ojos Cerrados he was accompanied among others by Carles Benavent, legendary and longtime bass player of Paco de Lucia.
Arnold grew up in a family of classical musicians in southern Germany. He fell in love with Paco de Lucia as a teenager but went on to study jazz guitar at the conservatory of Amsterdam and later in NYC with Mike Stern, John Abercrombie and Wayne Krantz before entering a period of complete dedication to the art of flamenco guitar. He is currently the musical director for internationally renowned Jordanian singer Farah Siraj as well as for the New York Flamenco Jazz Project.
To date, Arnold has released three albums of original electric and acoustic music under his name. Because of his strong affinity with the Mediterranean, the Goethe Institut Paris commissioned him in 2013 to bring the multimedia performance Suite Camus to the stage. The following year he produced Dunya, the second album of Jordanian vocalist Farah Siraj as well as, A Contraluz, flutist Maria Toro’s debut album that featured the rhythm section of Jean Michel-Pilc, Ben Street and Justin Brown. His latest work Ojos Cerrados, on which he collaborated with vocalists Antonio Lizana, Carles Denia, and Alfonso Cid was recorded in Barcelona and is the vision of flamenco-jazz for an ever-evolving artist.
Arnold performs Ojos Cerrados in various settings from solo guitar acts to a 6-piece ensemble featuring singers, dancers, and various instrumentalists, often providing unique encounters between artists from different cultures.
C O N C E R T H I G H L I G H T S
Kennedy Center (Washington), Blue Note (NYC), Sunset (Paris), Casa Arabe (Sevilla), Biblioteca Nacional de Peru (Lima), Noche Blanca Flamenco Festival (Cordoba), House of Blues and Jazz (Shanghai), United Nations (NYC), Royal Concert Hall Amman, (Jordan), Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Arab Arts Festival (Liverpool), A-Trane (Berlin).
C O L L A B O R A T I O N S
Farah Siraj, Juan Carmona Jr, Leni Stern, Carles Benavent, Amir John Haddad, Rocio Parilla, Lara Bello, Paloma Pradal, Violette, Petros Klampanis, Maria Toro, Moto Fukushima, Yelsy Heredia, Julia Patinella, Pär Lammers, David Enhco, Carlos Ronda, Alfonso Cid, Antonio Lizana, Miguel Hiroshi.