Andra Bohnet is a flutist who embraces a rich variety of musical styles with both virtuosity and sensitivity. In addition to her position as Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama where she teaches flute, music literature, music technology, and music business, she is the principal flutist with Mobile Symphony Orchestra where she has been a featured soloist on several occasions. She plays Irish flute, whistle and Celtic harp in a variety of settings including new her newest band, 2nd Breakfast (www.2ndbreakfast.org), and Liminal (www.liminalduo.org), a flute and percussion duo, which crosses the threshold between ancient and modern musical idioms with a bit of technology added into the mix and released it’s debut CD in 2020. She previously performed with the legacy band Mithril (www.mithril.us), a high-energy Celtic/world music band which released seven CDs and appeared with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. from 2002-2018.
Her solo CD, Clinton on Clinton, rediscovered the music of John Clinton (1809-1864), an Irish flutist, composer and flute maker who was a major figure in 19th century flute design (www.clintonfluteproject.com). She also performed with the Trebuchet Wind Trio who released their CD Perpetuum Mobile in 2016.
She also recorded and toured previously with her chamber ensemble for flute and strings, the Silverwood Quartet, which has performed throughout the United States and in Japan. The group recorded six CDs and explored popular and world music in addition to the classical repertoire. Also the group's primary arranger, Andra's creative charts capture the musical essence of styles ranging from Irish traditional to Tibetan Chant and alternative rock and roll. Their last CD, A Celtic Mosaic, explores a variety of unique and original music from Celtic sources including music from Riverdance, Lord of the Rings, Ballykissangel, and a trilogy of tunes by Loreena McKennitt. About The Classic Rock Album, rock icon Ian Anderson, flutist and leader of Jethro Tull, said, "Many thanks for the CD. I enjoyed it very much and especially the variety of musical styles it incorporated. Keep up the good work and help bring the worlds of pop/rock and the Classical traditions together." And To Drive the Cold Winter Away, their holiday CD, is an annual best seller and has over 4 million streams on Spotify!
Andra performs and records on flutes of all shapes and sizes (classical, traditional simple system, baroque and a variety of ethnic instruments), as well as whistle and Celtic harp. She has performed and presented at several National Flute Association Conventions, the Canadian Flute Convention, British Flute Society, World Flute Society, and Boxwood Canada. In addition to fluting, Andra is a master martial artist, yogi, avid snow skier, techno-geek, and alternatively wishes she was a hobbit or a Jedi knight!
Andra performs on concert flutes by Muramatsu in silver and 9k (muramatsu-america.com), and Chris Abell (abellflute.com)
Irish Flutes by Windward Flutes in D, kingwood and mopane, and Eb, tulipwood (windwardflutes.com)
Whistles by Michael Burke (burkewhistles.com), Susato (susato.com), and low D by M&K (mkwhistles.com)
Alto flute by Trevor James (tjflutes.com)
Bass flute by Guo (gflute.com)
Contrabass flute by Pearl (pearlflute.com)
Piccolo by Roy Seaman (original) with Mancke head (mancke.com)
Mobile, Alabama 36695, United States