Articles

Osner - Unbound

In this collection, Elise Osner presents us with a lovely collection of music for Native American flute that she composed herself; she states in her liner notes that this music is “often received as a gift rather than created.” She further explains that much of the music has come from the beach or the mountains....

Bevani - Sacred Songs Within

This album by Bevani, who describes herself as a classical crossover artist, features twelve perfectly pleasant tracks. Bevani is based in Seattle and teaches lessons as well as plays around town. The tracks on this album are all played with synthesized backing, which was arranged by Bevani and Jeremy Gordon. There is a consistency about...

Massey - The Elements

Angela Massey, who works as an orchestral musician, solo artist, chamber musician, and instructor, is currently based in New York City. On this album, The Elements, Massey has chosen to include works that relate to the classical elements of earth, water, wind, and fire. The works are generally modern, and many American composers are featured....

Bledsoe - Ghost Icebreaker

Ghost Icebreaker is a collaboration between flutist Helen Bledsoe (of Ensemble Musikfabrik based in Cologne) and St. Petersburg pianist Alexey Lapin. This album is remarkable in that it features both instruments in free improvisation. However, this is not jazz improvisation as many might expect. There are some surreal moments on this recording, which are partially...

Noteworthy Duo - As In Dreams

On this recording, Noteworthy Duo (Lisa Schroeder, flute and Michael Anthony Nigro, guitar) present a handful of Latin American works. Of special interest is the José Luis Merlin work, Agua de Trapiche, which was commissioned by the pair. For this piece, Merlin took inspiration from a small town in Argentina where he has pleasant childhood...

McBirnie - Find Your Place

Canadian jazz flutist Bill McBirnie has released a new album which is organized as an organ trio. The unmistakable sound of the Hammond B3 organ is combined with flute and drums to present a variety of jazz tunes. McBirnie, who is based in Toronto, has built a solid career as a jazz flutist. He has...

Councell-Vargas - Gran Danzón

Martha Councell-Vargas, Assistant Professor of Flute at Western Michigan University, has assembled an album of charming Latin American music for flute. Most of these works combine European forms with Latin-inspired sounds. She was motivated by her first trip to Central America in 1996 and the charanga tradition made popular by the dance orchestras in Cuba....

Guzman - Meditation for Performers

This recently-released CD by inspirational artist Viviana Guzman helps performers focus their internal dialogue in a positive, healthy way. This recording is helpful for musicians who are in the beginning stages of their development, professional performers, and everyone in between. It would be useful for those who have stage fright or those who just want...

Reading a New Piece

Where to start when taking a look at a piece for the first time? Obviously there are as many approaches as there are musicians, and different pieces call for different attention. For an example, let's take a look at the Duos for Flute and Clarinet by Robert Muczynski. (I'll be performing this with my clarinetist...

St. Simons Sounds

St. Simons Island, 5 July 2017, 11:00pm