After 25 years, Hans Zimmer returns to The Lion King with the Re-Collective Orchestra, of which I was co-principal flutist! In a recent article, NPR revisits Zimmer’s Disney origin story, and his collaboration with the legendary Lebo M. (who contributed the iconic vocal and arrangement to the movie’s intro). Zimmer contacted Re-collective Orchestra after seeing the viral orchestral rendition of “All the Stars” from Black Panther, of which I also contributed flute. We recorded The Lion King soundtrack at Sony Studios last April, and it was an experience unlike any other! Stephanie Matthews, concertmaster and co-founder of Re-Collective Orchestra, stated in the article: “It’s really hard to describe the energy in the room, and what happened on that scoring stage, I mean, the representation and the diversity, but also the energy and the camaraderie, and then just using this shared language of music to translate and to transform this already super iconic score. It was just… it’s hard to put into words.”
So excited to announce that I was the co-principal flutist playing on the new live adaptation of Disney’s The Lion King original motion picture soundtrack! I had the most amazing time in Los Angeles with the Re-Collective Orchestra. It was an incredible opportunity to play new adaptations of old favorites, and is such an honor to be a part of this groundbreaking film. The Lion King comes out in theater’s today!
New Music Box recently wrote an article about me and my upcoming commission for the Raleigh Civic Orchestra, funded by the New Music USA grant. I’m very excited for this project, as it is my first time writing for an orchestra! This piece explores the concept of the inter-generational transmission of trauma (i.e slavery, the holocaust, etc.), and will be a part of a larger program that explores similar experiences and histories, and demonstrates the power of music to respond and create collectivity in the face of adversity.
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.”
>Watch Flutronix Featured on Good Day NWA
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.