In 2017, both Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull were commissioned to write pieces for Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project. These pieces will be performed again in a second iteration of the project, presented by National Sawdust, as a part of the Kennedy Center’s DIRECT CURRENT Festival, which is a two-week celebration of contemporary culture. Forward Music Project is an exploration of women’s experiences; highlighting LGBTQ+ issues, reproductive rights, and human trafficking. Forward Music Project 2.0 will premiere at Dupont Underground, March 29th at 9:00pm.
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.
The Anti-Inaugural Ball featured riveting performances by several new music ensembles including the International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, So Percussion and more. In addition to hearing live music, audience members had the opportunity to donate to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Lambda, with representatives from each organization speaking throughout the evening.
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.
I am THRILLED to officially announce the launching of my latest project, Diametrically Composed. This project is inspired by life as a mother and I am privileged to say I am working with an incredibly fierce group of musicians who are also moms!
To add to the excitement, Diametrically Composed has been fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas! Please read on for more details…
Immediately after childbirth, it becomes clear that motherhood is multifaceted and life-changing. This new reality brings the joy of experiencing a newly created being and a powerful impact on creativity. Being an artist-mother is fulfilling, rewarding, and unpredictable – full of love, beauty, and constant learning. Caring for and cultivating the development of someone else’s life is a privilege and artistically inspiring. While our children inform our art, our art informs our children and the steady current of energy generated from the two creates a distinct and flourished experience.
While Diametrically Composed revels in the exuberance of being a mother and an artist, the work also confronts the notion that motherhood and professional life can be limiting factors in their interaction, in ways that fatherhood and professional life are not necessarily. The work aims to artistically probe and unpack this double standard.
The artists of Diametrically Composed are mothers and renown in their field. Conceived by flutist/composer Allison Loggins-Hull, the collaborative artists include composers Paola Prestini, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Valerie Coleman, and pianist Gabriela Martinez. Their contributions reflect personal experiences, exploring diverse themes related to being a mother and an artist. Diametrically Composed reaches beyond the typical flute and piano recital, providing an immersive performance experience incorporating recited text, narratives and points-of-view of mothers from varied artistic professions.
Diametrically Composed will premiere at National Sawdust in NYC in 2018, followed by touring through 2020 and beyond. The music of Diametrically Composed will be released as an album, with a portion of proceeds going to organizations that serve to empower women.
Diametrically Composed is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Diametrically Composed must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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.