The Metropolitan Museum of Art has commissioned me to compose an original work for the incredible soprano Julia Bullock and string ensemble as part of her 2018/2019 residency. The work will premiere in a concert entitled, “History’s Persistent Voice.” Julia Bullock will sing the words of pioneering Black American mixed-media artist Thornton Dial in a recital featuring traditional slave songs and words penned by Black American artists from the southeastern United States, including the esteemed quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. The texts are set to original compositions by a roster of all-women composers including Tania León, Courtney Bryan, Jessie Montgomery, and myself.
I feel like I’ve been given the opportunity to compose for a Stradivarius and I’m beyond humbled to be in the company of such trail-blazing and brilliant women of color! This event will be unforgettable so SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 15!
Read more about Julia’s incredible residency: NY Times
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!
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.
August 29th was the first day of my class at SUNY Purchase, “Trends in Music and Society.” I’m so excited to be a part of Purchase’s newest initiative to incorporate professional development courses into the curriculum. There is so much potential to create an outstanding, critical and supportive course of study in music leadership, and I am beyond thrilled and grateful to be a part of it. Onward, Purchase!
My latest project Diametrically Composedhas been awarded a grant from New Music USA! Of the 1229 projects received this past January requesting over 7 million dollars in support, Diametrically Composed is one of 107 chosen for an award. I am floored by this and more pumped than ever!