From Body Cast to Belly Dancing Flutist Viviana Guzman’s Inspiring Life...

Jul 14, 2013 by

Viviana Guzman is a phoenix bird. Rising out of the ashes of a difficult early life, she has emerged like that beautiful avian creature of colorful plumage, her bird cry a melodic song.  Viviana was born in Concepcion, Chile to her father Mario, an electrical engineer, and mother Clara,...

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Supporting Composers: by Sy Brandon...

Jul 11, 2013 by

I believe that it was the late Dr. Neil Humfeld, former Trombone Professor at the University of Texas at Commerce, who had a requirement that all his students giving recitals needed to contribute in some way to expanding the repertoire of their instrument. They needed to do an arrangement...

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Composing for the Flute: Far Corners and November Sonata. by Bruce Lazarus...

Jul 11, 2013 by

Throughout my career as a composer I've been fascinated with the the expressive and technical possibilities of the flute; its apparently unlimited agility, high register which may be strident or delicately bell-like, breathy harmonics, and the darkness of its lowest tones.  Flute music suffuses my work, from childhood pieces...

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Nicole Esposito: Blue Solitude Review...

Jul 11, 2013 by

Blue Solitude 
performed by Nicole Esposito and Alturas Duo 
Con Brio Recordings Leo Brouwer: Paisajes, retratos y mujeres •    Retrato de Wagner con Mathilde •    Mujer bailando un minuet •    La passion según Dowland Raimundo Penaforte •    Elegia •    Interlúdio Ariel Ramírez •    Alfonsina y el mar Peruvian Folk...

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Ian Clarke: Deep Blue Review

Jul 11, 2013 by

Deep Blue
, music of Ian Clarke 
performed by Ian Clarke and Tim Carey •    Deep Blue •    Curves •    Magical & Woven •    Plaintive •    Presto •    Touching the Ether •    Hatching Aliens •    Something Is There! •    Blue Alien/Alien Chill Out •    The Fear Returns/Battle Tempo •    Beverley...

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Happy, Healthy Hands: by Beverly Hawkins...

Jul 11, 2013 by

Technology, laptops and handheld devices have changed the demands on everyone’s hands.  Add being a flutist and you can quickly experience some discomfort.  Relax! There is a lot you can do to navigate non-flute related tasks by having your arms, hands, shoulders and neck, work smarter, not harder! Simply...

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The future of American orchestras: Three Approaches...

Jul 11, 2013 by

Orchestras have come under a great deal of pressure in the last few years to be more inclusive, to reach out to their communities and create innovative programs and embrace various art forms and musical styles. As a result many interesting concerts are happening – some more successful than...

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Flutes by the Sea

Jul 11, 2013 by

As I write this listening to the waves crash by the sea, it is difficult to not be inspired by these surroundings.  Viviana Guzman’s Flutes by the Sea masterclass, in its first year, was a combination of masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and concerts from flutists of all ages set in...

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BETA BLOCKERS: stage fright cure or unfair advantage?...

Jul 11, 2013 by

A hot topic in the sports world is the use of performance enhancing drugs.  From Lance Armstrong most recently, to any number of Olympic athletes and professional baseball players, there is a lot of controversy surrounding this issue.  Why?  Quite simply, steroids give athletes an unfair advantage. Athletes have...

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