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Remembering Dave Valentin

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in April 2017, Blog, Featured, Issues | 0 comments

Remembering Dave Valentin

Dave Valentin was a pioneer of the jazz flute and passed away on March 8, 2017, but his musical legacy in both the jazz world and the flute world will live on.  We collected memories and stories from flutists who were influenced and inspired by Dave and his music. Thank you to all who contributed to this tribute.     In Loving Memory of Dave Valentin What I will always remember about Dave Valentin beyond his joyful musicality will be kindness, enthusiasm and a ridiculous sense of humor. I’m thinking back on one of the several times I heard him perform live. On this night at Los Angeles’ wonderful Jazz Bakery there were two sets. Since the second set had a little space, those audience members who had heard the first were invited to stay. Of course I stayed, and I remember laughing my head off even as Dave made the same exact jokes on both sets, with equal candor, silly delivery and vigor. The thought brings a smile to my face immediately. I loved the way he directed his outstanding band with large gestures that were at once playful and musical. He hilariously danced around even in between phrases of the melody, leaving the entire audience in stiches. Speaking to him after concerts, Dave always was kind and encouraging. I always left those concerts with a strong impression of Valentin’s contagious enthusiasm for music, and joy for life. Dave Valentin’s playing always bore the core of his beginnings as a percussionist. He was the son of Puerto Ricans, born in New York City who began music at an early age and was already playing percussion gigs at clubs by the age of twelve. He learned flute in his late teens, to impress a girl, going on to study with the great flutist Hubert Laws. The percussiveness of Valentin’s flute playing is undeniable. His tone was dynamic and expressive, ranging from gorgeous and lush to raspy percussive to a clean, full, yet hollow tone that he laid perfectly into the mix of Jazz and Latin Jazz. His solos were often long and built up, and full of rhythmic intricacies grounded in his knowledge of Puerto Rican and Cuban music. Aside from his virtuosic flute playing, Dave Valentin was a pioneer in mixing Jazz and Latin music, creating new hybrid styles. Dave Valentin passed away on March 8th this year. His funeral reportedly included a gathering of the entire Puerto Rican community of New York. He will be greatly missed. We thank him for a legacy of innovation, showmanship and musicality that delighted audience members, and thank him for leaving a rich discography for us to enjoy even though his body has left this world. He was greatly loved and will be remembered. ~ Rebecca Kleinmann   Dave Valentin was perhaps the most rhythmic jazz flute player I had ever heard. He was able to bring a raw physicality to his playing that made his flute an extension of his body, which was always in motion. This made total sense, insofar as he was a percussionist before he switched to flute. No doubt his conga playing stood him in good stead, as it seemed like he was literally approaching the flute as a percussion instrument. Of course, he played with a prodigious technique and...

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The Flute View Young Artist Competition 2017

Posted by on Apr 1, 2017 in Blog, Featured, February 2017, March 2017 | 0 comments

The Flute View Young Artist Competition 2017

  The Flute View Young Artist Competition is open to young flutists who are under the age of 22 (ages 15-22) by June 1, 2017.   Each applicant must be a current subscriber to The Flute View Magazine.         Prizes: Altus Handmade Flutes 1st Prize $1,000   Wm. S. Haynes Co. 2nd Prize $500   2t Flute Academy 3rd Prize $250    Galway Flute Academy including a Skype lesson with Sir James Galway, Audience Favorite Prize $250 (based on number of YouTube Video views)   Repertoire:   1)  Johann Sebastian Bach:  Sonata in E minor movements 1 & 2 2)  Katherine Hoover:  Mountain and Mesa (pick one movement) 3)  Contrasting piece of your choice (if the piece has multiple movements, pick one movement)   Application Deadline is May 1st, 2017 at 11:59pm.   Please upload your videos and title them The Flute View 2017 Young Artist Competition. Each piece must be played in its entirety without edits.  Works may be performed accompanied or unaccompanied. Please submit an email to tfvcompetition@gmail.com and include 1) your name, 2) age, 3) two to three sentence bio and 4) the links to your YouTube submissions.  A $50 USD application fee (thru April 1st) or $75 USD application fee (thru May 1st)  must be paid using the Paypal button below to be considered in the competition.  Each applicant must be a current subscriber to The Flute View Magazine.   Good Luck!   $75 Application Fee thru May 1st   Download printable PDF here:  The Flute View Young Artist Competition 2017 PDF...

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Interview with Brian Feliciano

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Interviews, March 2017 | 0 comments

Interview with Brian Feliciano

Brian Feliciano started playing the flute when he was 9 years old  Today, this 14 year old is the winner of the Music Hero TV Show Competition in the Philippines.  Viviana Guzman interviews him and finds out the benefit of exposure on...

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Flutists of NAMM

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Blog, Featured, February 2017, Interviews, Issues | 0 comments

Flutists of NAMM

The NAMM Show is one of the largest musical instrument trade shows, which takes place in Anaheim every January.  This was my 5th show and my first one as an exhibitor for Fluterscooter bags!   My favorite part of the show is catching up with old flute friends and meeting new ones. Everyone has a unique NAMM experience, and I got to catch up with a few flutists at the show to talk about their NAMM experience.     Josh Jonsson     Of all the music-industry shows around the world, NAMM has to be one of the biggest and most famous. For years I've wanted to go, and this year, I finally got my chance! 2017's NAMM show was my first one ever, and what an experience! It is by far the largest trade show I've ever been to (NFA will feel like a little village fair after this!), and though this is an article about flutists at NAMM, and most of you probably think of me as a flute player, I was actually there in my official capacity as a performing artist for Uebel clarinets. My primary function was to use my experience as a professional clarinetist and sort of "instrument wizard" to relate the features of these fantastic instruments that make them different from other makers to all the clarinetists who stopped by, and to demonstrate them whenever appropriate. It was an incredible few days, not only because I was able to, in a very direct and fulfilling way, work with quite a few fantastic players one-on-one and match them with the ideal instrument for them; but also because I ran into just about *everyone* I know in the entire music industry! It was like a huge party where everybody was too exhausted from working to be drunk, but still really happy to see each other and to be there. Can't wait for next year! (I also never want to hear another trumpet or trombone again)   Sarah Jane Hargis     I have always dreamed of attending the NAMM convention since I first heard about it MANY years ago. My experience over exceeded my expectations by far. I was so excited and honored to have had the opportunity to perform at NAMM on behalf of Earthquaker Devices and Altus/Azumi Flutes. So, what did I do exactly? I did what any gear junky would do! I walked onto the largest convention floor I have ever stepped foot on and hunted for Earthquaker Devices and Altus/Azumi Flutes. On my hunt, I was amazed at the tremendous amount of artists, artisans, and the sales staff of these small and large pieces of art we call instruments. Instruments of all sorts were alongside the various gadgets and tricks to make them or the player even better, enhanced or just plain fun toys. Throughout the weekend, I ran into some amazing artists performing their art right in front of me! I was constantly impressed and overjoyed to be around so much music! When I found the Earthquaker Devices stage I was in heaven!  They had every pedal they make on stage for me to play with! WOW! I was like a kid in a candy store trying to decide where to start.  On top of that, my performance with Lisa Bella Donna was...

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Emmanuel Pahud Video Interview

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Interviews | 0 comments

Emmanuel Pahud Video Interview

Emmanuel Pahud attended the Conservatoire de Paris (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris) in France, studying with Michel Debost, Alain Marion, Pierre Artaud, and Christian Larde. Whilst studying, he won two major competitions, one in Duino 1988 and the other in Kobe in 1989. In 1988, Emmanuel also won the 2nd Prize at the International Scheveningen Music Competition in Scheveningen, Netherlands. Winning these competitions put Pahud in the forefront to become principal flautist in the Basel Radio Symphony, under the direction of Nello Santi which he obtained the position in 1989 whilst finishing his studies in Paris. He resigned from the orchestra in 1992. Pahud also held the principal flautist position at the Munich Philharmonic under Sergiu Celibidache. Pahud graduated at the age of 20 from the Conservatoire in 1990, obtaining the First Prize (Premier Prix). He then continued to advance his studies for the next two years; in style and interpretation with one of France's greatest flautists, Swiss-born Aurèle Nicolet who turned out to be his neighbour. In 1992, Nicolet prepared Pahud in an extensive 10 day rehearsal for both the Geneva International Music Competition, or le Concours International de Genève in September of that year and the audition for principal flautist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) in October. He acknowledges achieving both the first prize at le Concours International de Genève and being appointed for the position at the age of 22 by BPO's conductor, Claudio Abbado to his experience with Nicolet. Enjoy The Flute View's Exclusive Interview!   Flute Chats: Emmanuel Pahud from Viviana Guzman TV on...

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The November 2016 PICCOLO POWER Issue is Now Live!

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The November 2016 PICCOLO POWER Issue is Now Live!

The November 2016 PICCOLO POWER issue of The Flute View is now live!   This month's articles include:   PICCOLO POWER Interviews with professional piccoloists Jennifer Gunn, Kate Prestia-Schaub, Nicola Mazzanti, Zart Dombourian-Eby, Peter Verhoyen, Nan Raphael, Erica Peel, and Nicole Esposito. Piccolo Pedagogy articles focusing on learning the piccolo from Nan Raphael and Jennifer Cluff. Piccolo Orchestral Excerpts: Allison Fletcher discusses the piccolo excerpt from Rossini's La Gazza Ladra. Flute Studio Interviews with students at University of Wyoming, University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. Your monthly dose of entrepreneurship ideas from Barbara Siesel. Content Editor Rachel Hacker discusses commissioning an album via Twitter. Fluterscooter recaps the French Flute Convention. Album Reviews: Sarah Jane Hargis Saving the Queen and Sebastian Jacot Premiere!,   Happy Reading! --The Flute View...

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The October 2016 Issue is Now Live!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The October 2016 Issue is Now Live!

The October 2016 issue of The Flute View is now live! This month's articles include:   Artist Interview with Katherine Bryan, principal flute with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and lecturer in flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Spotlight article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the flute quintet Quintessenz.   Interviews with Flutists Gone Viral: internet flute sensations that have become famous through social media over the past few years including Greg Pattillo, Azeem Ward, Annie Wu, Viviana Guzman, and Roxanne Chalifoux. Your monthly dose of entrepreneurship ideas from Barbara Siesel. Content Editor Rachel Hacker recaps her masterclass experiences in Grolloo. Fluterscooter talks social media and flute cyber-bullying.   Album Reviews: Ned McGown The Art of the Contrabass Flute, Elisabeth Möst Accento Austria, Quintessenz Incantations, and Mithril Duo Bottom of the Punch Bowl.   Happy Reading! --The Flute View...

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The September 2016 Issue is Now Live!

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The September 2016 Issue is Now Live!

The September 2016 issue of The Flute View is now live! This month's articles include:   Interviews with Omar Acosta, Denis Bouriakov (video interview), and our High School Soloist Competition Woodwind & Brasswind third prize winner Daniel Wang.   Viviana Guzman shares some of her personal favorite moments from the 2016 National Flute Association Annual Convention.   Back to School Articles:   Lindsey Goodman talks about what it means to Go OrGAnic for Back to School Success. Alice K. Dade shares her School Year Resolutions and discusses how to stick to your goals throughout the year. New contributor Angelina Panozzo tells us about Going Back to "Flute School" as she returns to playing the flute after a 10-year hiatus. New contributor Ty Gable reflects on the lasting benefits of his different summer festival experiences as he heads back to school. New contributor Christine Gustafson provides tip for traveling flutists including her favorite cell phone apps and technology recommendations. Deputy Editor Amanda Cook concludes her Writing About Music series with tips for writing Program Notes. Content Editor Rachel Hacker shares her perspective on not going back to school on her 20th Anniversary of Starting School. And lastly, Co-Founder Viviana Guzman gives us a review of some of the exciting performances at NFA 2016.   Happy Reading! --The Flute View...

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The August 2016 Issue is Now Live!

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The August 2016 Issue is Now Live!

The August 2016 issue of The Flute View is now live! This month's articles include:   Interviews with Daniel Dorff, Adrianne Greenbaum, finalists from the NFA Arts Venture Competition, and our High School Soloist Competition second prize winner Arin Sarkissian.   NFA Previews of things we are looking forward to including:   Rebecca Kleinmann on the role of the flute in Brazilian and Flamenco music Sarah Jane Hargis on the Electrified Flute Elsa Nilsson on Far Cry Flutes Mara Miller on the 6 Types of People You Meet at NFA.   Happy Reading! --The Flute...

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The July 2016 Issue is Now Live!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The July 2016 Issue is Now Live!

The July 2016 issue of The Flute View is now live! This month's articles include:   Viviana Guzman discusses How to Write a Winning Press Release. Rachel Hacker talks about Why She Got A Day Job and how it can benefit professional musicians. Amanda Cook continues her Writing About Music series with thoughts about Blog Posts. Album reviews of Aralee Dorough's The Ergonomic Flute, Ransom Wilson's Ransom Wilson Plays Jean Michel Damase and Jean Françaix, and Alejandro Escuer's Flux. Interviews with our High School Soloist Competition winner Hanbin Koo, first place award sponsor Gemeinhardt Musical Instruments, and Keith Torgan. Concert Review of Green Golly and Her Golden Flute with the Firelands Symphony in Sandusky, OH. Book Review of Delandria Mills' Demi's Flute: Entering the Realm of Sound. Happy Reading! --The Flute...

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