Inauguration Day was a day we were both dreading. Feeling utterly concerned and uncertain, we were less than enthused about the swearing in of our 45th President. Fortunately, we were invited to perform at The Anti-Inaugural Ball at The DiMenna Center in New York City, giving us the opportunity to express ourselves through music with a community of like-minded musicians. There was truly no better way to spend the night.
While everyone’s frustration with the election results was palpable, the room was full of positive energy and a great sense of community. The Anti-Inaugural Ball affirmed that the arts bring people together, are vital to political and social commentary, and are an integral component of humanity. We are personally more committed than ever to pursue our craft in a way that is reflective of the times and responsive to injustice and The Anti-Inaugural Ball served as the perfect catalyst to embark on this new journey.
This past week, I had the pleasure of coaching the flute ensemble at Montclair State University on my piece “Stacked” for 6 flutes. They’ve performed it multiple times and brought a great sense of joy and excitement to our coaching session. We also had a blast reading through Flutronix’s piece “Flock” for 4 flutes and alto flute. All-in-all, it was fun afternoon with lots of fluting and laughs. Thanks to Dr. Silverman for having me and the students for their hard work!
Flutronix had the distinct honor of competing in the inaugural M-Prize, an international chamber arts competition based in Ann Arbor, at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. After reviewing over 170 applications from 13 countries, the M-Prize Screening Jury invited 29 ensembles to compete in the live Semi-Final, Final, and Grand Prize rounds of competition. Flutronix is thrilled to have competed with such a diverse group of high-caliber ensembles! // More Information
This past May, Flutronix made their Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago debut. Presented in association with the eighth blackbird residency, Flutronix performed music from their latest EP City of Breath, along with selections from previous releases. Held in the MCA’s third floor galleries and with a packed crowd, the duo’s program paid homage to their classical upbringing, featuring more “acoustic” works. Watch a fan video from this performance.
This past spring, Flutronix spent a day at the British International School of Washington D.C. as part of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program. Launched in 2015, The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program is a multifaceted collaboration to create an innovative arts education curriculum for students in grades K-12. The program brings Juilliard’s philosophies of teaching dance, drama, and music to Nord Anglia classrooms around the world. Flutronix had the privilege of working with elementary and middle school students, presenting their original workshops and a live performance for the entire school community. // More info.