Redi Fernandez – Flute, Woodwind, Piano Teacher

Redi Fernandez
Flute, Woodwind & Piano

Redi Fernandez

He/HIm/Hia

M.A Jazz Performance, The New School

B.A Classical Flute, Music Theory, Ear Training, Superior Institute of Arts

Classical, Jazz, Funk, Cuban

When did you begin playing Flute, and why?

I started playing flute and piano at the age of 10, flute as a mayor and piano as a complementary instrument that was required on the musical program in Cuba: the study was during 13 years only focused on classical music and why I picked the flute is because is an instrument that is very present in the music scene of the island.

What other instruments do you play, and what is your experience with them?

Tumbadora, I played as a secondary instrument in a group of flamenco where we were mixing the “cajón” with afro-Cuban “toques” on the tumbadora, I worked there from 2015 till 2017. 

What are your personal goals as a musician?

Record an album tributed to Richard Egües between Cuban musicians that are in New York and others that are in Habana.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?

Time has been the only real click in my experience as a musician because every single time when you think that you reach some goal in your day by day study, something new appears or something that a teacher from your childhood have to tell you, or a new angle of approach of the same pice that you have repeated and repeated over and over again. There was a time when I was in my last year of the Superior Institute of Art in Camaguey and there was a professor of saxophone that he played Cuban music but he was obsessed with classical saxophone and we became very close during this last year and he was always talking about colors and not structures in class because he belive that forms are fickle and throw repetitions they change, he believes that forms and structures are to enjoy in the privacy of the study. Regarding techniques of sight reading for example have been the most helpful ones when I make mistakes: before starting to play, see everything around the partiture and try to connect harmonies as much as the time allows you in order for you to have tools that can help those mistakes that you are going to make. 

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument

On the flute when I was learning the 3rd octave and at the beginning, to have a profound and strong sound on the C, C#, and D of the 1st octave. On piano, independence and the development of the left hand. 

What is your biggest musical achievement?

Had played with some of my idols in music, Reggie Workman, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Paquito D’ Rivera, Ingrid Jensen.

Favorite thing about teaching?

To be part of the development of something.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?

keep making sounds

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