Hear works for multiple flutes including the first of the “Counterpoint” series of pieces by Steve Reich along with flutes from Bolivia, and traditional flutes of Japan – the shakuhachi and the shinobue. From from the New York-based shakuhachi (bamboo flute) player James Nyoraku Schlefer, listen to a suite from his “Solstice Spirit,” composed for shakuhachi orchestra- 18 shakuhachis of differing lengths. Schlefer multi-tracked all of the separate parts of contrasting microtonal tone clusters along with section of shakuhachi quartet in the studio.
Then listen to music from jazz flutist Herbie Mann, and revisit a 1970's recording, "Gagaku and Beyond." This classic album features a contemporary ensemble of Japanese traditional instruments - shamisen, koto, shakuhachi, and taiko drums - led by flutist Minuro Muraoka, and fuses these together with groove and Mann's "family of Mann" ensemble.
Hear the first of the “counterpoint” series of pieces by Steve Reich, written for flutist Ransom Wilson, called “Vermont Counterpoint.” Usually it’s performed by one flute – here the new music champion, flutist Claire Chase- with ten other flute parts on tape (pre-recorded), playing in counterpoint.
Also, listen to the New York experimental duo RighteousGIRLS -flautist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi- from their latest album Gathering Blue, named after the Lois Lowry book of the same name. Plus, music by Flutronix, an electro-acoustic duo who use programmed beats. And more.
PROGRAM #3900, New Music With Flute (First Aired 09-15-2016)
WORK: Imaraycu [2:34]
RECORDING: La Doctrina de los Ciclos
SOURCE: New Albion #029
INFO: Available at iTunes or Amazon.com
ARTIST: James Nyoraku Schlefer
WORK: Solstice Spirit, suite of excerpts [7:30]
RECORDING: Solstice Spirit: Japanese Shakuhachi Flute
SOURCE: Sparkling Beatnik SBR 0001
INFO: Available at CDbaby.com | nyoraku.com
ARTIST: Herbie Mann & Minoru Muraoka
WORK: Kurodabushi [5:22]
RECORDING: Gagaku & Beyond
SOURCE: Finnadar #9014. 1976 LP, reissued in 2001
INFO: Available at Amazon.com
WORK: Nathalie Joachim: Crazy for 2 flutes and electronics [3:52]
INFO: download from Amazon.com or iTunes.
ARTIST: The 13th Tribe
WORK: Dream Hunters [10:02]
RECORDING: Ping-pong Anthropology
SOURCE: Review Records Rere 174cd
INFO: Out of print, but try auction sites, or squidco.com
WORK: Pascal Le Boeuf: Girls [4:19]
RECORDING: Gathering Blue