Fellowship to Israel

I was fortunate to be awarded a faculty fellowship to Israel during December 2017 – January 2018. It was an amazing experience. One of my main takeaways: Israel is complicated. My travel began in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Tuesday, December 26. I flew through Minneapolis to JFK to Tel Aviv. After dinner and introductions,…

2017 in Review

2017 brought some very rewarding projects, some happy surprises, and a generous handful of disappointment. Continued from last year was the constant adjustment to tripling the number of children in my house (with now-toddler twins). For next year, my plans are on a larger scale and more geographically diverse. In terms of teaching, highlights included…

Fall 2017 Tour

This fall’s tour was a whirlwind few days of friends, collaborations, and satisfying musical experiences. One big takeaway: performing multiple times within an intensely-compressed time period is really effective in keeping one on one’s toes, performance-wise. There’s no time for nervousness and no time for mistakes. The program has to be clearly thought through, and…

Surman – The American Album

The American Album Centaur CRC 3525 Patricia Surman, flute Kostas Chardas, piano Dr. Patricia Surman, who has recently joined the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, has released a stunning album of American works on Centaur Records. The composers represented on this album span the entire 20th century into the 21st century. I especially appreciated the…

Möst – Accento Austria

Accento Austria (Gramola 99100) Elisabeth Möst, flute, Maroje Brčić, guitar   Flutist Elisabeth Möst and guitarist Maroje Brčić have presented a lovely collection of works that span nineteenth- and twentieth-century Austria. While the majority of the works on this album were written in the twentieth-century, two were written by composers whose lives span the eighteenth- and…

Clark – SoundTracked

Stephen Clark, flute Los Angeles Screen Orchestra and Chorus Album Title: SoundTracked Album Label:  Voyage Records BMPCD214 Pirates of the Caribbean (He’s A Pirate) – Hans Zimmer Lord of the Rings (In Dreams) – Howard Shore
The Bourne Identity (Main Theme) – John Powell Ladies in Lavender (Main Theme) – Nigel Hess Braveheart (For the Love…

Gori – The Electric Flute

The Electric Flute (MGMusic 01) Michele Gori, flutes, effects, loop station Beat 70 – P. Metheny Danse de la Chèvre – A. Honegger Just Blues – M. Gori Summertime – G. Gershwin Pièce – J. Ibert N⁰24 – M. Gori Château Rouge – M. Gori Highway – M. Gori xniryS – M. Gori   Michele Gori’s…

Shim – Pheromone

Pheromone Aerocade Music, AM001 Meerenai Shim, flute Jacob Abela, piano Eli Fieldsteel – Fractus III: Aerophoneme for Flute and Live Electronics Gregory C. Brown – Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo for Alto Flute & Digital Delay Emma O’Halloran – Pencilled Wings for Flute, Piano, and Stereo Playback Douglas Laustsen – 60.8% for Bass Flute and…

McBirnie – Grain of Sand

Grain of Sand represents the second collaboration between Canadian jazz flutist Bill McBirnie and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Jones. On this recording, Jones serves as composer, vocalist, performer, arranger, and engineer. They collaborate on original works, which range in style from ambient to bossa nova. Jones, who was raised in Brazil, brings this musical influence to his…