- First Monday Meditations with Cassie Maloney: Mondays 9:30am – 10:00 PST. Upcoming - August 7 and September 4. These 30 minute livestream classes will include some very gentle stretching and guided meditation to help calm your nervous system and clear your mind. Especially good for those with racing minds, learn to include gentle tactile and sensory experiences to your meditations. Class can be done seated, lying down, or however you feel comfortable. No experience needed. Attend livestream or automatically receive the recording. $8 or through membership. https://www.cassiemaloney.com/offerings/first-monday-meditations
- Album Release – Crossroads Quartet (flute quartet) - "The Crossroads Quartet is thrilled to announce the release of their debut album featuring flute quartets by Eduardo Angulo, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Eric Ewazen, Herman Beeftink, and Mike Mower. The album is available on all major streaming and purchasing sites including Apple Music, iTunes Store, and Spotify. The Crossroads Quartet includes GPFS member Sophia Tegart (Assistant Professor, Washington State University), Jonathan Borja (Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse), Brielle Frost (Assistant Professor, Lamar University), and Krista Jobson (Associate Professor, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley). Physical CDs can be purchased by contacting Sophia Tegart at firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Auditions for the Portland Wind Symphony - Auditions will be held for flute, oboe, trumpet, and percussion July 24, at 7:00 p.m. Northwest Christian Church. (13405 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR). For more information, contact: Email: email@example.com; Phone: 971-732-2676 (Richard), https://www.portlandwindsymphony.org/
- One of Adrian’s compositions will receive its world premiere at the National Flute Association annual convention this August! It is called "2020: The Year We Could Not Breathe" and will be performed by a young man from New York, Anthony Trionfo. (https://trionfoflute.com/). The convention is in Phoenix this year at the Phoenix Convention Center. There is info on the NFA website: https://www.nfaonline.org/convention/main-convention-page. In case you are in that area and want to attend, you can get a single day ticket at the door. HIs piece will be performed Friday afternoon, August 4, at 4:30pm, in Room 221AB (unless that changes). This piece is completely unlike anything else I have written. It uses some modern "extended" techniques, some improvisation, and even an electronic Loop. It deals with all the ways in which we could not breathe in 2020: George Floyd's last words, the whole world on masks and respirators, and the wildfires filling our homes with smoke. It is very demanding for the performer, including dictating when he (or she) can, and cannot, breathe.
- The International Low Flutes Society has some upcoming online workshops. Learn more here: International Low Flutes Society. The next session is – “Hot Tips for Low Flutes – Saturday May 13th – Noon Eastern, 9am Pacific, 5pm UK – On Zoom. Join our board members, Chris Potter, Daniel Dorff, Mariana Gariazzo, Ece Karsal, Paige Dashner Long, Carla Rees & Alexa Still, for a collection of short talks on Low Flutes. Topics include: Travel Tips for Low Flutes, How to Commission Music, Love My Contrabass, Breathing Tips for Flutes & Becoming Friends with Your Footjoint.” Learn more and register: ILFS webpage.
- NFA Online Events - While the spring and earlier events have concluded, this site archives past events and provides a link to the YouTube recordings. Simply go to this webpage and find what’s interesting to you. To access all the videos for a given “season” just click on the little numbered icon in the upper right (e.g., “1/5”) - NFA Online Events Site.
- Flute World Collective - Workshops, events, flute related resources. Learn more/subscribe to notifications here.
- The National Flute Association Community Events Board has a listing of Events on their homepage, scroll down to the bottom of that page. However, please note that not all country or global events are listed there. GPFS will use this listing below to make sure our membership is aware of as many opportunities as possible, particularly those in the Pacific Northwest and from our membership.
- New Jersey Flute Society – This society continues to offer online events. Keep an eye on their webpage.
- Fabulous Flute Music Company - This outstanding duo of Phyllis Avidan Louke and Patricia George continue to offer two hour performance and pedagogy classes on Sunday afternoons with upcoming dates in September and October.
- British Flute Society – Our European friends from the British Flute Society are offering an online series for their members with periodic (not weekly) episodes called: Masterclass Mondays - guidance on all aspects of playing from top flutists; Technique Tuesdays – top players share their tips; and, Warm-Up Wednesdays - an opportunity to warm-up (live and on-demand) with a range of outstanding flutists.
- Online Piccolo Academy - The International Piccolo Flute Academy has launched this very affordable online piccolo academy - about $7.00 a month. A “roster of renowned international players such as Nicola Mazzanti provide tips, advice and educational materials. New lessons are added every month. This resource can be accessed through your phone, tablet or computer.
- Flute Center of NY: While their Summer Salon Series has passes, keep an eye on this company’s events website, YouTube Channel and Instagram. They have been holding concerts with featured artists on Facebook.
- Miyazawa Online Events: While their summer festival series has passed, some of the individual events and more current events such as special artist interviews can still be found on their YouTube Channel - Miyazawa Flutes. This is a good reminder to be on the lookout for outstanding educational and performance opportunities from the flute makers and their performance artists. Consider subscribing to the social media and newsletters of this maker and others.
- Simply Flute – In honor of GPFS’s fall guest artist Paul Edmund-Davies, we remind you here of his web presence www.simplyflute.com: “a platform dedicated to providing instruction and exercises to help flute players of all stages and ages on their respective musical journeys. Content for the site is regularly created and updated. Subscribers have access to more than 1750 pages of music and text and in excess of 370 performance/teaching videos, all for the price of less than two coffees a month!”
- Podcasts Galore! – Feeling adventuresome, maybe you want to connect with new flutists, fresh fluting ideas or simply find tidbits of good company and perspective during these more personally and musically isolated times? Consider trying some of the podcasts listed on the GPFS Flute Resources webpage. Simply scroll down to the Podcast heading and take a look at your options. They are all quite different in purpose and tone so try them on for size and maybe pick a favorite one to listen to!
SOME RECORDINGS TO ENJOY
Flutist Dawn Weiss’ recital was Livestreamed and archived. It can be seen on: Concerts at First - Dawn Weiss and Friends. "The other thing I might mention about our concert is that we performed the World Premiere of the Roberto Di Marino "Fandango" for Flute and Cello. As I explained at the concert, my first encounter with Di Marino's work was when I attended a GPFS flute and guitar recital a number of years ago. They performed some lovely Tango style music composed by Di Marino and I was very excited about it. I immediately contacted him and asked him to send me his flute and guitar pieces. A number of months later, while considering the possibility of putting together a professional duo for flute and cello, I discovered there really wasn't much successful repertoire for that combination. So, I reached out to Mr. Di Marino and commissioned this work."
Brave New World 45th Parallel Concert - In case you were not able to attend, here is Brave New World, performed by flutists Martha Long, Adam Eccleston, Zach Galatis, Tim Hagen, and Alicia Paulsen. On creating the program, Martha says – “I’ve often wondered how I can use those isolated hours and minuscule muscle movements to make the world a better place. As an adult, I have found little ways to give back and pay it forward in my daily life but I still wish that my art form was more accessible and more of a vehicle for social change. This program and its heavy themes are a small part of the answer. By listening to sometimes-dissonant sounds about difficult topics, we bring the flute and classical music into an ongoing discourse and have a chance to reflect on our world. During this time, I invite you to be in the moment and experience whatever thoughts, feelings, and reactions come to you.” WORKS: 00:00 Timothy Hagen: La brute, c’est Pan, after Debussy’s La Flûte de Pan (“Syrinx”); 14:20 Eve Beglarian: Can I Have It Without Begging?; 12:09 J.S. Bach: Sarabande from Partita in A minor, BVW 1013, arranged by Gary Shocker; 16:14 Timothy Hagen: The Other Side of No; 28:19 Allison Loggins-Hull: Homeland; 35:26 Dai Fujikura: Poison Mushroom; 45:05 Jennifer Higdon: Amazing Grace. Link to recording - click here.
Rose Bishop released her solo debut album, Diversions, which was released through Odd Pop Records and features music by all living female composers. There are 3 pieces by Portland-based composer, Lisa Neher, on this album! Diversions is Rose Bishop's debut album of solo flute repertoire that she either commissioned during the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, or performed as part of her residency with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra in October, 2021. Rose premiered Linda Robbins Coleman's flute concerto for alto flute, flute, and piccolo, Diversions, during this residency and the world premiere performance is included on the album. This album features compositions by all female composers, and includes works by Amber Beams, Nicole Chamberlain, Linda Robbins Coleman, and Lisa Neher." https://www.rosebishopflute.com/diversions-cd
- Dr. Sophia Tegart, Associate Professor of Flute at Washington University, has released two albums this year. The Pan Pacific Ensemble, a standard wind quintet in which Tegart is a member, released its third album shortly after being named the 2022 winner of The American Prize in Professional Chamber Music. Their album “Ambiguous Traces” features newly commissioned works by Portland composer Kenji Bunch and Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, as well as works by Austin Yip (Hong Kong), David Jarvis (Hawaii), and Chen Yi (UMKC). The album, released through Albany Records, can be found on all streaming sites, including Apple Music. Additionally, The Cherry Street Duo, Tegart’s duo with Dr. Krista Jobson (Associate Professor of Flute at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley), released its debut album “Flute Duos by Women Composers.” This album features works by Shulamit Ran, Chen Yi, Claude Arrieu, Yuko Uebayashi, and Maria Szymanowska. The album was released through WSU Records and can be found on all streaming sites, including Apple Music. Apple Music link Pan Pacific Ensemble: https://music.apple.com/us/album/ambiguous-traces/1640095236. Apple Music link Cherry Street Duo: https://music.apple.com/us/album/flute-duos-by-women-composers/1621169955
- Oregon Symphony Essential Sound Bites: For your enjoyment, Martha Long, principal flutist with the OR Symphony, plays Debussy’s “Syrinx” for solo flute – YouTube link to performance. Keep your eye on their webpage for future performances of interest - OR Symphony Essential Sounds.
- 45th Parallel, Flute Duo: A pleasant recording of duets from OR Symphony flutist Martha Long and her friend and fellow flutist extraordinaire, Chicago-based Tim Hagen – YouTube link to performance. “The Portland Social Distance Ensemble presents Flutes Across the Distance, featuring Oregon Symphony principal flutist Martha Long and Chicago based flutist Tim Hagen in a cross-country collaboration. Their program includes Duet in D Major by W.F. Bach, Duos for Flutes by Robert Muczynski, and Grand Duo in D Major by Friedrich Kulau.”
- 45th Parallel, Arcturus Wind Quintet: This “live stream concert features the Arcturus Quintet performing August Klughardt’s brilliant “Wind Quintet in C Major.” Five stellar wind virtuosos will performing from five different places will be combined into an integrated ensemble, featuring clarinetist James Shields (New Mexico), flutist Martha Long (Hillsboro), bassoonist Steve Vacchi (Eugene), hornist Joe Berger (Milwaukie), and oboist Karen Wagner (Portland) - YouTube link to performance.
- 45th Parallel, Zach Galatis: - Another recording for your enjoyment is “This week’s Fridays With 45th Parallel features Oregon Symphony piccolo player and singer extraordinaire Zach Galatis, joined by pianist Maria Garcia in a program of Poulenc, Prokofiev, and Sondheim” – YouTube link to performance. The program also includes a CPE Bach piece.
- Seattle Flute Society (SFS): “Inspiring and serving the Pacific Northwest flute community since 1979,” announces their new SFS Online Series - https://www.seattleflutesociety.org/. They also released their “first ever digital exclusive content: 8 for August, a unique collaborative performance of Paul Hindemith's Acht Stücke. Eight brilliant Seattle flutists have each taken on one of the movements of this masterpiece for solo flute; the resulting compilation is a wonderful showcase of the vibrant artistry of our Seattle flute-playing community! Featuring performances by Zart Dombourian-Eby, Sarah Bassingthwaighte, Sarah Pyle, Christina Medawar, Rose Johnson, Jeffrey Barker, Merrie Siegel Parmley, and Paul Taub!” Listen to the release of “8 for August” here, scroll down to see the video link!
- Sophia Tegart, Assistant Professor of Flute at WSU, Yamaha Performing Artist and a GPFS member has released an album of works for flute and piano with pianist Michael Seregow. “Palouse Songbook,” features compositions inspired by nature, art, and poetry by women composers. Released on Centaur Records, the album contains both newly commissioned and previously written works by Emily Doolittle, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ingrid Stölzel, Nadine Dyskant-Miller, Jessica Rudman, and Jean Ahn. The project was funded by a WSU New Faculty Seed Grant and is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Amazon – Spotify Link for Palouse Songbook.