One of Abriel’s passions in life is bringing a love of music to everyone, everywhere. As well as teaching private lessons, she works as a trumpet teacher at Leerorkest Stichtse Vecht, encouraging music appreciation in elementary schools around The Netherlands. Since 2014, Abriel has been the jazz trumpet player in the Ricciotti Ensemble, a 42-person street symphony orchestra that performs for people who do not normally get the chance to experience an orchestra. She has performed in nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, supermarkets and even swimming pools. On her seven tours with Ricciotti, she has not only traveled to every corner of the Netherlands, but has played in Scotland, Brazil, and Cuba. Since 2018 she also plays in Street Orchestra Live, an orchestra with a similar mission based in London.
Abriel performs in a diverse range of ensembles. She is a member of the all-star big band the New Jazz Orchestra. She plays monthly during our jam sessions, is lead trumpet in the all-female salsa band the Lowland Latinas, and is a member of the largest funk band in the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Funk Orchestra.
Her recordings and performances have been featured on De Wereld Draait Door, Podium Witteman and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show (BBC6).