I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I will be joining the adjunct faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music! I will teach the course “Trends in Music and Society” and be actively involved in their entrepreneurial coursework. This is such an exciting, new journey in my career and I am humbled to return to my alma mater in this capacity. I look forward to working with the students as we dive into this LOADED and ever-evolving topic.
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!
Flutronix is beyond thrilled and honored to say we are BOTH composers for cellist Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project. We are joined by a roster of phenomenal women composers including Angelica Negrón, Amanda Feery, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, and Morgan Krauss.
From Amanda’s site: “The Forward Music Project is driven by social justice for women. We musicians, now more than ever, have an incredible ability to effect change in our communities. I commissioned composers to write pieces based on their personal story or a particular issue that affects women and girls. The compositions are stylistically contrasting and represent the vast definition of what it means to be a woman, ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment. A visceral experience, the composers require that I embody the spirit of their message physically, mentally, and emotionally. In performance I sing, chant, fight and breathe life into these works.”
The Forward Music Project has been a unique opportunity for us to explore deeply meaningful and important narratives, while diving into the soundscape of the cello. Nathalie’s piece, Dam Mwen Yo, is a work for solo cello and electronics. Dam Mwen Yo in Haitian creole simply translates to “these are my ladies”. In Haiti, the cultural image of women is one of strength. They are pillars of their homes and communities, and are both fearless and loving, all while carrying the weight of their families and children on their backs. As a first generation Haitian-American, these women -mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, cousins – were central to Nathalie’s upbringing and understanding of what it means to be a woman. In Dantan, Haiti-Sud, where Nathalie’s family is from, it is rare to walk down the countryside roads without hearing the voices of women – in the fields, cooking for their loved ones, gathering water at the wells with their babies. This piece and the voices within it are representative of these ladies – Nathalie’s ladies. And the cello sings their song – one of strength, beauty, pain and simplicity in a familiar landscape.
Allison’s work, Stolen, is a sonatine for unaccompanied ‘cello with 3 short movements exploring the journey of a young girl who is sold into marriage. The first movement represents her stolen youth and the lamentation of saying goodbye to childhood. She is reflective of playtime, family memories and former dreams. While she is remembering pleasantries, she is also recognizing they are things of the past. The second movement explores the anxiety and sense of urgency felt about being forced into womanhood. She is full of complex feelings ranging from fear, unpreparedness, resentment and sadness. She also knows she has to bravely and quickly become an adult and sooner than later, a young parent. The third movement is her reluctant acceptance of and submission to an undesired life. She has assumed her new role, but is deeply yearning for the childhood she barely had and to have ownership of herself. Despite this, she must tend to her adult responsibilities as a matter of life or death. Today, one third of girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18 and 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15.
The Forward Music Project will continue to tour for upcoming seasons. Follow the project here for more info.
Flutronix’s last EPK (electronic press kit) video was made possible by our dear friend Jun Oshima, a film director and professor at The New School. He invited us to his class and assigned students to interview us and create a EPK video. It was wonderful to not only work with his students, but to also have several great videos to choose from!
Recently, Jun invited us back to his class to do a new EPK video. We had the opportunity to share our history, our new work-in-progress Black Being, and explore topics outside of music-making including the American political climate, social justice and the arts at large. We’re excited to see what the students come up with – make sure you check back to see the final video when it’s done!
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.