Check out this appearance on LunArt Festival – Live!
Madison-based LunART Festival showcases works created by women: from past to present, from revered to forgotten, from rap to rhapsody. Here, I discuss Flutronix’s beginning years, current projects, and more!
Super excited to announce my participation in the Boccaccio Project! I’ve composed a piece for my Flutronix partner, Nathalie Joachim entitled, Have and Hold. Watch video of the performance here. Read for more details about the project from The Library of Congress:
A Series of Musical Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
In the mid-14th century Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) wrote the Decameron, a collection of 100 stories shared between a group of 10 acquaintances who had removed themselves from society during the darkest period of a plague. This early artistic response to an outbreak provided context and a means of expression, and the parallels to the quarantine and social distancing phenomena we have been experiencing worldwide in these difficult past few months resonate with us.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we draw on Boccaccio’s example to offer some musical responses. We have asked 10 pairs of composers and performers to write and perform brief solo works to be premiered online over the course of 10 weekdays in June.
Have and Hold reflects the desire to be near others during an extended period of social distancing and isolation. Personally, I have realized that being around people and experiencing life with them not only brings me great joy, but fuels my energy, creativity and spirit. This piece is truly dedicated to all of the people in my life who I miss dearly and long to be near again.
The Momentary just announced that Flutronix will be featured as one of the Artists-in-Residence for their spring program! The Momentary is a brand new multi-disciplinary arts space, created by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. As a part of Flutronix’s residency, they will partner with local organizations for their project, Discourse, to create work that is unique to the Bentonville community. Director of the Momentary, Lieven Bertels says that “One of the goals of the Momentary is to bring multiple contemporary art spaces together for cultivation of new ideas based on current topics.”
Every few years, Flutronix will get an invitation from our good friend Jun Oshima to work with his students. Jun is an amazing filmmaker and videographer in his own right (he actually shot and directed our awesome Sweet Dreams music video), and he’s also a professor at The New School. Fun fact: Jun and Nathalie were actually classmates at The New School!
Anyhow, Jun usually assigns his video production students to create promotional videos for a featured artist, and some really wonderful work usually comes out of it (exhibit A: our EPK video, and our Candy Candy cover video). We recently realized that we had yet to share to any of the great videos that were shot when we were the featured artists for last school year’s end of semester project. So, without further ado, here are two of our favorites by John Duff and Ruchika Lodha. Enjoy!
For years now, Flutronix has been SUPER lucky to have film director Jun Oshima as part of our Flutronix family. He is the man behind our first music video, Sweet Dreams, our live performance video of Life Lines and has invited us to work with his students at the New School for our EPK video. He’s extremely talented and a dear friend who we are privileged to know.
We recently worked with him on our latest video project for Flock. There was a little Gang Starr influence (see photos), disco dresses, double exposure fun, spinning and more. Jun developed a great concept for Flock and we can’t wait to share the final product with you, stay tuned!