Bio and discography

Andrea Fraenzel was born on April 4th, 1980 and grew up in Gmunden, upper Austria.

She was awarded a first prize in upper Austria’s young musician competition „Prima la musica“ in the category classical guitar solo performance in 1998. She later discovered that her musical heart beats an octave lower and gradually the bass pushed back the guitar.

Playing both acoustic and electric bass, she is now an experienced and reliable bass player whose abilities are held in high esteem by her coworkers.

Working solely as a freelance artist, she enjoys working within a wide range of styles: pop, rock, indie, classical and contemporary music, folk, world, blues, jazz and improvised music.

This has led to a busy schedule with approximately 100 performances per year at festivals and clubs, for example:

European Music Festival Vietnam (14), International Percussion Festival Taiwan (14), Jazz Festival Vienna (12), Danube island festival (04/05/11/12/13), International Folk Festival Waidhofen (11), Vienna Blues Spring (12/13), Wackelstein Festival (09/12), SOHO in Ottakring (09), Schrammelklangfestival (09), Jazzwerkstatt (09), Blue Bird Festival (05), and many more.

Apart from Austria Andrea has performed in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Thanks to a scholarship from „Berklee College of Music“ and Austrias „SKE Fonds“ Andrea spent a year at Berklee Valencia Campus in Spain where she graduated summa cum laude as „Master of Music“ in July 2014.

She was the first student form Austria who has been accepted into the Contemporary Performance Master's Program.

Apart from studying she was invited to play with Victor Mendoza and Steve Houghton in Taiwan and toured in Spain with Christiane Karam.

Berklee College of Music honored her efforts and acheivements by presenting her with the „Outstanding Scholar Award“ in July 2014.

Education

2013 to 14: Berklee College of Music: Contemporary Performance Master’s Progam; graduating summa cum laude as a master of music

Andrea studied acoustic and electric bass with Mario Rossy and Alain Pérez

Classes and ensembles with: Victor Mendoza, Mariano Steimberg, Perico Sambeat, Polo Ortí, Ben "Encanti" Cantil, Stephen Webber, Gael Hedding

Workshops with Eddie Gomez, Ira Coleman, Miguel Zenon, Hans Glawischnig, Chico Pinheiro, Yoron Israel, Christiane Karam, Patrice Rushen, Pat Pattinson

Before, Andrea followed an intense study program at the Unversity of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria, as follows

2002 to 08: Musical education: voice and instruments with a major in bass;
graduating cum laude as a bachelor of arts
1998 to 06: Secondary school teaching diploma in Musical education and French;
graduation as a magistra artium
1999 to 05: Musical education: voice and instruments with major in guitar (classical music);
graduating cum laude as a bachelor of arts

Workshops with Achim Tang, Hans Strasser

Private studies with Peter Herbert, Thomas Stempkovski and Juan Garcia-Herreros

Performances and collaborations with:

Victor Mendoza (MEX), Christiane Karam (LIB), Mariano Steimberg (ARG), Steve Houghton (US), Patrice Rushen (US), Sebastian Laverde (COL), SAAVEDRA (COL), GuGabriel, Joey Green (US), Celia Mara (BRA), Rabouge, Mary Broadcast Band, Juci Janoska, Birgit Denk und die Novaks, Ernst Molden, Jörg Leichtfried, Julia Schreitl, Mara Kolibri, Ursula Baumgartl, Alois Bauerstatter, Martin Spitzer, Judith Reiter, Ludwig Ebner, Alwin Miller, Alfred Bäck, 4stimmig, SOLO, Hotel Palindrone, W.i.t.Ch., VerAndA, Andi Neumeister, Karin Vadon, Lukas Vendl, Habib Samadi, Bruno Pisek, Christoph Rabl, Monika Ciernia, Wolfgang Steubl, Helmut Steubl, Barbara Helfgott & Rondo Vienna and others

Selected Discography

2017

Album AllOne
Artist Lîla
My work Acoustic bass
Link www.atsrecords.com
Album 25 Jahre - I feel good
Artist Mundharmonika Quartett Austria
My work Bass harmonica
Link www.muha.at
Album Cabrioletta
Artist Cabriolette & die Johnnys
My work Acoustic bass
Link www.cabrioletta.at

 

2016

Album Maldita y Santo
Artist SAAVEDRA
My work Acoustic bass
Link https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/maldito-y-santo/id1115814399?l=en

 

Single What about us
Artist GuGabriel
My work Acoustic bass
Link

https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/what-about-us-single/id1118203101?l=en

 

Album Minstrelle
Artist Kristina Bijelic with Felipe Téllez
My work Acoustic bass on "Enamorarme de ti"
Link https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/minstrelle-ep/id1144523131?l=en



2015

Album Places
Artist Jelena Ciric
My work Acoustic bass
Link https://jelenaciric.bandcamp.com/releases
Album Weird Glitches
Artist Stephen McHale
My work Electric bass on „Parakeet"
Link http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stephenmchale
Album Dizzy Venus
Artist Mary Broadcast
My work Electric bass on „Love me“ and „Searching but not finding“
Link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dizzy-venus/id956815737


2013

Album Wintry While
Artist Karin Vadon
My work Double bass on „China“, electric bass on „Emotionally Overdosed“
Link www.karinvadon.com
Album Azubi
Artist François Guilbeault
My work Double bass
Link

https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/azubi/id640600873?ignmpt=uo%3D4

2012

Album Casino Baumgarten Jubiläums Compilation
(Sampler to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the prestigious Viennese Label „Preiser Records“)
Artist Artist: Birgit Denk and the Novaks
My work Double bass on the track: „Aber der Novak lässt mich nicht verkommen“ („But Novak doesn’t let me dow“)
Link http://www.preiserrecords.at/album.php?ean=717281907972
Album Privat (Personal)
Artist SOLO
My work Played double bass on the album
Link http://www.hoanzl.at/musik/pop/privat.html
Album Love Is Our Mission
Artist Mary Broadcast Band
My work Played electric bass on the album / band member
Link http://www.hoanzl.at/love-is-our-mission.html

2011

Album Silent Symphony
Artist Drew Sarich
My work Double bass on the track „Silent Symphony“
Link https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/silent-symphony/id471355875

2010

Album The Blue Frog Society Walks On The Moon
(Soundtrack to a radio program, CD as attachment to a book)
Artist Barbara Holub & Bruno Pisek
My work Double bass
Link http://www.kunstradio.at/2010B/14_11_10en.html
Album Anna und der Wolf (Anna and the Wolf)
Artist Traumfänger Kindertheater (Kid’s Theater Company „Dreamcatcher“)
My work Electric and double bass
Link http://www.kulturplattform-traumfaenger.net/html/theater/anna_06_hoerbeispiele.htm
Album Limonen und Gras (Limes and Grass)
Artist W.i.t.Ch.
My work Electric bass
Link http://www.heurekord.com/label/heurekord/

2008

Album On the Ground
Artist Bluespender
My work Electric bass; band member
Link http://www.wolfgangbayer.info/cds.htm

2005

Album Smile
Artist Moni and her Mosquitoes
My work Electric bass; band member
Link http://www.mueksch.at/shop/moni-her-mosquitoes-smile
Album What is Gone Doesn’t Necessarily Disappear
Artist Alalie Lilt
My work Electric bass; band member
Link https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/what-is-gone-doesnt-necessarily/id74274768

2002

Album Cyclopedia
Artist Alalie Lilt
My work Electric bass; band member
Link https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/cyclopedia/id16267963