Asha Henfry

is a Melbourne-based flautist on the forefront of cross-genre, improvised music in Australia. As an honours graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Per- forming Arts (WAAPA), she masterfully merges her extensive knowledge of classical, jazz and world music stylings and challenges the traditional boundaries of the flute. Specialising in Brazilian Choro (a niche world music genre that she holds close to her heart), Asha glides effortlessly through its technically demanding terrain with her distinctly expressive and joyful, effervescent sound. 

During the course of her performing career, Asha has graced several highly acclaimed local and international stages and media platforms, including Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, The Paris Cat Jazz Club, and Brazil’s popular televised talkshow, Programa do Jô. She continues to present her own projects and frequently collaborates as a member of popular ensembles, Tamanduá, Doug De Vries’ Sexteto Zona Sul, and Panorama Brasil. Recent special highlights include performing Panorama Brasil’s sold-out show (Baden Powell’s Afro-Sambas) at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and their subsequent collaboration with iconic Australian singer and trumpeter, Vince Jones at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2017.  

Asha’s musical travels include three tours to Brazil with The Jarrah Thompson Band (marking the beginning of her love affair with the Choro genre), visiting India, several elite summer workshops across Europe and a special return trip to the birthplace of Choro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to study under the tutelage of Brazilian folk music giants, Antonio Rocha, Paulo Aragao, Dirceu Leite and Mauricio Carrilho.  

Asha divides her time between performing and tutoring both secondary and private students around Melbourne.

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Biografia em Português
Asha Henfry é uma flautista baseada em Melbourne que travessa varios gêneros musicais, misturando técnicas clássicas, jazzísticas e da world music, desafiando as fronteiras tradicionais da flauta.

Amante da musica brasileira, Asha viajou ao Brasil varias vezes pra aprender mais sobre a linguagem do choro. Asha é especialista em choro e domina sua técnica virtuosa com sua flauta de som distinto, expressivo, e alegre.