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.”
In 2017, both Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull were commissioned to write pieces for Amanda Gookin’sForward 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’sDIRECT 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.
Flutronix had a great time chatting with Caity Massoud at the Flute Center of New York for the Flute Unscripted Podcast. They recalled how they first met, and their fond respective memories as faculty at the Juilliard Music Advancement Program. They also discussed Flutronix’s most current project Discourse. As a part of their residency at University of North Carolina, Discourse is a social change initiative aiming to engage communities to create conversation around personal experience. Nathalie says that the project is “about tying people together” and “once you hear someone’s story it makes you see them in a different way.” To which Allison responds that “once you see the human experience behind what someone is talking about, you can actually start to see each other’s point of view.”
On February 5-7, I had the enormous pleasure of serving on the faculty of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, PlayUSA workshop. Carnegie Hall’s PlayUSA supports partner organizations across the country that offer instrumental music education programs to low-income and underserved K–12 students. These organizations receive funding, as well as training and professional development for teachers and arts administrators, in addition to guidance from Carnegie Hall staff to help address challenges and build on best practices.
The workshop served as one of the many professional development offerings to partner organizations. The theme was “Empowering Students to Lead” and I offered an interactactive session entitled “Cultivating Successful Teacher-Student Relationships.” I was joined by fellow faculty members Thomas Cabaniss, César Cruz, Margaret Jenks, Dennie Palmer Wolf and Randal Swiggum, along with the wonderful staff of Weill Music Institute.
Alongside serving as a faculty member, I was lucky enough to also participate in all of the other sessions. The amount of expertise in the room was inspiring and I walked away with many facts, stories, and teaching techniques to digest. It was wonderful to get to know all of the organizations, as they are doing powerful and meaningful work in music education throughout the country.