This spring, I had the honor of serving on the panel for the inaugural New Music USA Impact Fund. The Impact Fund represents the first major effort to aggregate and amplify the voice of the New York new music community online. It supports new residency relationships, provides general operating support, and leverages the New Music USA online platform to share events and news with a growing fan base.
Together, New Music USA and the Impact Fund cohort will tackle challenges facing the NYC new music community today, create a vibrant public identity for the sector, build connections and collaborations, and find innovative solutions to the need for increased performance and rehearsal space.
The other panelists for the inaugural cohort were:
Patrick Castillo, composer and executive director of Hotel Elefant |Laura Kaminsky, composer | Kristin Marting, artistic director of HERE |Ryan Muncy, saxophonist, director of institutional giving, and co-director OpenICE with ICE | Kathleen Supové, pianist | Yulun Wang, owner of Pi Records
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.
This spring I had the incredible honor of performing in the Black Girls Rock! award show. Every year, the Black Girls Rock! award show airs on BET and celebrates the achievements and contributions of black women in entertainment, service and business. I was part of their first-ever orchestra, which accompanied Marsha Ambrosius, Corrine Bailey Rae and Imani Uzuri in a collaborative performance. This was an unforgettable and empowering night, full of incredible energy and amazing women. To share space with black heroines like Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Rihanna, and soo many more… felt magical. I’ll never forget this night and the close musical colleagues I shared it with.
You know that dreaded feeling when you leave the Caribbean? You wake up in the morning and it’s 80 degrees, but by the evening, when you’re back in New York City, it’s a brisk 37… You feel a combination of denial, regret and nostalgia. You begin to question your judgement and lifestyle decisions up until that point. You ask yourself, ‘Why do I live here? Why don’t I live there?‘ Well, 7 days later, I am just now re-cooperating from such feelings after returning from my week-long residency in the Dominican Republic.
Besides enjoying the wonderful climate and island-life, I had the pleasure of serving as a guest artist for this year’s Clarinetísimo, a week-long festival celebrating the clarinet at the Conservatorio Nacional de Música.
My dear friend, Darleny González (clarinetist of Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, professor of clarinet at the conservatory), served as the coordinator and thought it would be exciting to have representation of another woodwind instrument, so she invited me!
The other guest artists were two stellar clarinetists from Spain, José Cerveró and Carlos Gustavo Duarte. In addition to performing a recital of solo works and pieces for flute and clarinet, I had the opportunity to talk with conservatory students about my experience as a professional musician and share insight on career development.
Students participated in masterclasses, ensembles, yoga, and lectures. Darleny and I demonstrated techniques on blending the timbres of flute and clarinet and introduced eclectic pieces in woodwind chamber music repertoire.
The conservatory community was extremely welcoming and warm to both myself and my family. I want to give a special thank you to my wonderful friend Darleny and Prof. Roberto Medina for having me. This trip was truly unforgettable and I look forward to making more music in the Dominican Republic for years to come!