Flutist Gabriel Gimenes and Dia Do Choro, April 7th, 2023 at 7:30pm. Gabriela is a Portland-based flutist from Brazil. She is a GPFS member. We would like you to know about this upcoming event of hers and musician colleagues. Of this area, she says – “Ever since I moved to Portland, OR I am amazed with how many people dedicate themselves to playing Brazilian music in the PNW area, and every year they have a concert dedicated to Choro!!!!! Come join us for an evening of beautiful Brazilian music.” Tickets here.
- Flutist John Savage on April 16th, 3 pm. Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble presents John C Savage and Lie Very Still for a celebration and recording release of the new album, “Nova Pangaea.” Where: Reed College Eliot Hall Chapel. Cost: $5 Arts for All. Free for Reed Community with valid ID. General admission $10-$25 sliding scale.
Flutist Amelia Lukas on April 6th, 2023, 7:30, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, she'll be performing Natural Homeland: Honoring Ukraine. Designed and performed by Amelia Lukas, Natural Homeland is a multimedia, tour de force program of music for solo flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, and electronics, that delves deep into the meaning of home in light of current events. This timely show weaves together stories of natural and human disaster, political unrest and displacement, but also of hope and inner sanctuary. A uniquely arranged version of the haunting Ukrainian folk song Plyve Kacha sets the tone. “This is a reflective, restorative and important program that draws expansive connections around ideas of shelter, belonging, and freedom, all offered through Lukas’ riveting performance… The scope of extended techniques and global palette of sounds featured in these works is stunning, and rarely heard on the concert stage.” (The Islands’ Sounder) Tickets start at $25. For full event details, please visit the Alberta Rose Theater website.
Yoga + Tea Workshops Join Cassie Maloney, flutist and yoga instructor, for an online gentle yoga class paired with a special tea chosen to match (delivered right to your doorstep)! Join one or all three classes from the comfort of your home and invite more wellbeing into your daily life. Registration closes 10 days before event date. More info and registration here.
Folias Duo - flute and guitar - will be in Oregon on June 6th - 5:30 - 6:30 at the Lake Oswego library. Carmen Maret (flute), and Andrew Bergeron (guitar). If you can make it, Folias Duo is not to be missed. They are one of the most outstanding flute and guitar duos in the country. Their new album, Heartdance, is their sixth album, all the pieces are composed by the duo and are very pleasurable and interesting to listen to. Learn more about Folias here: https://www.foliasmusic.com. Event venue and details here: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/library/first-tuesday-music-folias-duo
- FLUTE ALLIANCE FLUTE BOOT CAMP 2023. Flute Alliance is now accepting registrations from middle through high schools flutists with 2+ years of band/lessons for the 16th annual FLUTE BOOT CAMP. Large and small ensembles coached by the powerhouse staff of Dr. Sydney Carlson (PSU, Prof. of Flute and Portland Opera Orchestra), Martha Long (Principal Flute, Oregon Symphony Orchestra), Adam Eccleston (Artist in Residence All Classical Radio, BRAVO orchestras, MYS Flute Ensembles), and Denise Westby (adjunct PSU, MHCC, and Flute Alliance Administrator). Summer fun and games, a camp recital and a coaches mini recital on Day 1 of camp! SPACE IS LIMITED TO 25 PLAYERS. DATE: JUNE 26-30. TIME: 9:30-3:00. LOCATION: RISE CHURCH, TIGARD, OREGON. REGISTRATION/questions: www.flutealliance.com or contact Denise Westby at email@example.com
- 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 in 2021!
SOME RECORDINGS TO ENJOY
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.