Yesterday a young man posted on flutenet re: inline vs offset G flutes. The discussion has been interesting and I certainly have ‘chimed in’ plenty! In sum, I have a strong bias towards the open hole offset G. This stems from having tried playing inline for several years but never really feeling comfortable with the violin-like position of my left hand, then moving to offset back in 1979 (a time when very few people were buying pro flutes with offset G) and liking it much better.
There’s a short clip of Dave Valentin playing Pedro Flore’s “Obsession”
I’ve been fortunate to catch Dave numerous times in concert over the past twenty-five years or so (yikes! – has it been THAT LONG already??) – check him out!
Recently on flutenet, a question about which kinds of pads came up. This is one of those areas where I really can’t hear the difference or understand why people would dish out lots of money to have Straubinger’s put in. The durability and lower cost of the standard pad still gets my vote.
I just got back from seeing the show at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. It was great!
Ian Anderson really knows how to put on a show: the comedic/natural rapport with the audience, the ballet-like theatrical movements of his legs and body, his vocals, his songwriting and of course – his flute playing! – all make for a highly entertaining and memorable experience. Thanks Bruce for the ticket! 🙂
If you get a chance to see his act – do!
The 34th annual NFA flute convention is being held in Pittsburgh, PA from August 10 – 13. As usual, many top flutists and flute companies will be attending. For more info, go to http://www.nfaonline.org/conv.asp#info
Catch it if you can!
Canadian flutist and teacher Jennifer Cluff has a new home for her Web site – JenniferCluff.com
Jen’s site is a great resource for flutists – check it out!
Discovered Rocketboom and GeekBrief.TV today thanks to a post on Yahoo! Tech. Anyhow, found this vblog from the archives very enjoyable (soundtrack even has flute and piccolo!)
[Here’s the latest from Jeffrey Cohan]
2006 WOOD FLUTE FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE June 16-18 . University of Washington, Seattle 866-808-6708 (toll-free) . firstname.lastname@example.org . www.woodflutefest.com . registration and tickets available online .
Prominent flutists from all around the USA and Canada who play wooden Boehm-system flutes or wooden headjoints will gather in Seattle to celebrate the versatility of the “modern” wooden flute in five concerts and two cabaret performances which will showcase jazz, klezmer, Brazilian music from three centuries, the avant garde, early flutes from the renaissance through the present, woodwind quintets, and multiple flute ensembles in the first Wood Flute Festival and Conference. Lectures, discussion and ensemble sessions and performers’ and makers’ symposiums will be presented with well known scholars and collectors. Presentations are to include:
The Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet Duozona with Theresa and Chuck Hulihan, flute and guitar duo “The Avant-Garde Wooden Flute” with flutist/composer Clifford Dunn “Klezmer Flute” with Adrianne Greenbaum and Alexander Eppler, cimbalom “Brasilidade: Brazilian Music from Three Centuries” with Danilo Mezzadri “New Music from the Heartland” with flutist Tim Lane (Wisconsin) and pianist Namji Kim Flutist Lanny Pollet (Victoria, BC) performing the Cambini Wind Quintet No.1 and Villa Lobos “The Wood Flute: On the Cutting Edge through Six Centuries” with Janet See, Courtney Westcott, Kim Pineda and Jeffrey Cohan, performing on wooden flutes from the Renaissance through the 19th century
Felix Skowronek Memorial Concert:
The final memorial to Felix Skowronek and showcase performance will feature Soni Ventorum bassoonist Arthur Grossman, flutists Tim Lane, Clifford Dunn, Danilo Mezzadri, Lanny Pollet, Adrianne Greenbaum with cimbalom player Alexander Eppler, jazz flutists Martin Lund, Bradley Leighton and Jim O’Halloran, Duozono, the Wisconsin Woodwind Quintet, and a special selection performed by all conference participants with Mr. Skowronek’s University of Washington Flute Choir.
Flutist Jim O’Halloran and the Jim O’Halloran Quintet Jazz flutist Bradley Leighton with the Tom McElroy Trio
“The Wooden Flute in America” with David and Nina Shorey (Antiqueflutes.com) “Biophilia: Connecting with Nature and The Wood Flute” with Martin Mador (Yale) “Flute Woods and the Mysteries of Wooden Flute Construction” with Alexander Eppler (Eppler Flutes) “Historical Development & Orchestral Use of Wood Boehm-System Flutes” with Shelly Collins (Seattle Pacific University)
“Felix Skowronek, Pioneer of the Wooden Flute,” an audio-visual tribute by William McColl and members of the Soni Ventorum, with Neil and Theo Skowronek
Don’t miss this exciting first-ever event, whether or not you currently have a wooden flute or headjoint. Registration fees, which provide entrance to all events, are just $100 ($50 for students), and $65 ($25 for students) for one-day participants. Tickets to individual concerts are $20 ($10 for students). Housing is available at the University of Washington. For more information and for online registration please see www.woodflutefest.com or call Jeffrey Cohan at (866) 808-6708 toll-free.
The wooden modern flute was championed by UW professor of flute Felix Skowronek, who conceived and led the Wood Flute Conference until his untimely death in April. The final event in the weekend festival and conference will be a memorial concert dedicated to him. The Wood Flute Conference now serves in part as a tribute to Felix, an ardent spokesman for wood and everything it means for the flute, as he demonstrated in the concert hall, through his scientific studies and work in the UW School of Forestry, his many wood-gathering expeditions in mountainous wilderness in the United States and Australia, his involvement with flute-making, and his
information-gathering excursions among the wood flute players of Europe.
January 7-14, 2007 in the Caribbean, on board Celebrity Cruises luxurious Millennium
Join master flutists MAXENCE LARRIEU, RANSOM WILSON and SERGIO PALLOTTELLI for an unforgettable experience! Daily flute performance classes, technique classes, chamber music, and recitals, accompanied by warm tropical breezes, gourmet dining, impeccable service, exciting nightlife, and exotic destinations.
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