We are attaching a link with all relevant information regarding the upcoming Japan Woodwind Competition. Flute is the 2018 instrument of focus in the annual rotation of instruments. Deadline for applications is September 6, 2018. (Information in Japanese and English)
Andreas Blau, former Principal Flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic, kicked off his mentoring at the 2018 Pacific Music Festival with a masterclass last night in Sapporo’s Concert Hall Kitara. He offered many musical and technical insights to masterclass performer Yumie Nakamura, a freshman at Hokkaido University, as she tackled the notoriously difficult Jolivet Chant de Linos. PMF Academy participants and members of the public alike were furiously taking notes as Herr Blau offered tips on approaching the piece. His advice particularly on varying vibrato for expressive purposes and directing the air stream through the phrase (rather than to the highest note in a passage) produced enormous improvements in Ms Nakamura’s performance of the piece. No doubt, many of those in attendance will be taking all the gems of advice home to mark in their own parts.
For your further enjoyment, we are attaching a link to a conversation of a few years ago between Herr Blau and Emmanuel Pahud when they were the sitting Co-Principal Flutists of the Berlin Philharmonic. The conversation is in German with English subtitles.
National Flute Association conventions are always an invigorating four days filled with wonderful performances, learning opportunities, exhibits, and friendships – new and old. Where else can one hear Baroque flute, beatbox, klezmer, and jazz all in the same day? …or be introduced to the astonishing youngsters of tomorrow, brimming with technical facility and artistic passion, on the same program one pays tribute to such venerable luminaries as the 93-year old Bill Hebert, former piccoloist of the Cleveland Orchestra?
I look at the above photo, and smile. …two of my favorite people – David Straubinger (Straubinger Flutes) and Paul Chang (Ochres Music). As with so many others I saw at the convention, my path crossed with these two, and was changed forever for the better. Every year, there are new flutes, new innovations, new compositions. But the foundation of it all is a shared history with the many flutists – friends and colleagues – that make an indelible mark on your music and your life.
It’s that time of year again – the countdown to NFA! Only this year, we have the added anticipation of launching our website to coincide with the usual excitement, frenzy, and flutistic flights of fancy associated with the convention. Just as the convention is a journey, so too, we expect this blog and this website to be journeys. We are beyond excited to share this journey with you as we step into the larger realm of the world wide web flute community. So with flute in hand, and music in the soul, we take this next step.
See you in San Diego and beyond!