Our goal at International Flute Journal is to bring together the finest performers and educators in the flute community worldwide. I have been thrilled by the encouragement and positive energy I have received from all the individuals I have approached so far to serve on our editorial board. This is only a provisional listing of the wonderful people who are going to be involved. There will be more to come. Peter Westbrook, Ph.D, Editor-in-Chief
Editor in Chief: Flutist, saxophonist, writer, film and TV producer and educator, Peter Westbrook holds a Ph.D. in musicology and has studied jazz with Ali Ryerson, and bansuri with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia. Dr. Westbrook has many years of experience as a jazz performer, symphony orchestra member, studio musician and lecturer in musicology and music history, in the UK, the USA and India. He is the author of three books including The Flute in Jazz: Window on World Music and producer of the film of the same name. He has written for such journals as Down Beat, Flutist Quarterly, Pan, Flute Focus, Cadence, Saxophone Journal and jazzreview.com. He is the founding chairperson of the World Music Committee of the National Flute Association (USA). From March to July 2014 Dr. Westbrook was Editor-In-Chief of Flute Focus. During that time he increased traffic to the site by 75%. See: www.fluteinjazz.com
Editorial Board Members:
Robert Bigio was born in the Middle East but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He received a BMus from the University of British Columbia before coming to Britain where he obtained a PhD from the University of London. Robert played the flute professionally for many years before setting up as a flute maker. He is a well-known writer on the flute and flute manufacture and was for five years the editor of the journal of the British Flute Society. Robert is the author of two books on the flute: Readings in the History of the Flute, and the recently-published Rudall, Rose & Carte: The Art of the Flute in Britain. His other publications include contributions for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments (10 articles); Lexikon der Flöte (11 articles); as well as many articles and reviews in journals and newspapers. See: www.bigio.com
One of the few western artists to master of the bansuri, the north Indian bamboo flute. Steve Gorn performs Indian classical and new American music at concerts and festivals throughout the world. A disciple of the late bansuri masters Sri Gour Goswami of Calcutta and Pandit Raghunath Seth of Mumbai, Steve holds a master’s degree in music composition from Pennsylvania State University. As well as his own landmark world music recordings, he is featured on albums with a lengthy list of Indian and world music artists, including a Grammy-winning CD by Paul Winter, Grammy nominated CDs by Paul Simon and Angelique Kidjo., and the Academy Award winning documentary Born Into Brothels. Steve has written scores for films, videos, theater and dance productions including Jean Claude van Hallies’ adaptation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, an ABC-TV special on the New York Jewish Museum and the PBS series The Quiet Revolution. See: www.stevegorn.com
Venezuelan flutist Marco Granados, a winner of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra competition, maintains an active international career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher, appearing at major venues and music festivals worldwide. His diverse repertoire spans from classical to folk, with an emphasis on Latin-American music. He has been a member of many critically acclaimed ensembles, among them the Quintet of the Americas and Triangulo (Latin American Chamber Trio). Mr. Granados is a founding member of the Amerigo Ensemble, the Camerata Latinoamericana and the Granados/Abend Duo. His collaborations include those with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and with such distinguished artists as Paquito D’Rivera, flutists Ransom Wilson and William Bennett, harpist Nancy Allen, oboist Heinz Holliger and soprano Renee Fleming. Mr. Granados has served as Music Advisor to the Caramoor International Music Festival’s Latin American Music Initiative Sonidos Latinos. He is currently a faculty member of the Longy School of Music in Boston, MA. See: www.marcogranados.com
Danilo Lozano is a two-time Grammy Award-winning flautist, musicologist and educator. He is best known for his work with Latin jazz, particularly the charanga music of Cuba, to which he was introduced at an early age by his father, the legendary flutist Rolando Lozano. Danilo has performed with some of the greatest artists in Latin music, including Celia Cruz, Poncho Sanchez, and Cachao (Israel Lopez) and was a featured artist on the soundtrack for Andy Garcia’s film The Lost City. In addition, Danilo holds performance degrees from USC and UCLA and has pursued a career as a classical soloist, with several recordings of contemporary flute repertoire to his credit. Danilo was founding member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and currently serves as musical director and flute soloist with Jose Rizo’s prestigious Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars. He is is currently a Professor of Ethnomusicology and Flute Artist-in-Residence at Whittier College in Los Angeles. See: www.cubanflute.com
Tom Moore is a journalist, musician, translator, and music librarian. He received his BA from Harvard University, and his MA and DMA from the early music program at Stanford University. He has worked as a choral basso and conductor, directing the Dunstable Singers in Boston from1982 to 1987, and performing and recording with Pomerium in New York and Philadelphia’s St. Clement’s Choir. Tom is a founder and current member of the Society for Historical Informed Performance as well as of Le Triomphe de l’Amour. He was visiting foreign professor in the Graduate Program of Music at the University of Rio de Janeiro, 2004-2006. As a flutist, he has recorded Telemann for Lyrichord (USA) and Boismortier for A Casa Discos (Brazil). He has written [writes music] for BrazilMax, Musica Brasileira, 21st Century Music, Opera Today, Flute Talk, Sonograma, Early Music America and Flute Focus, for which he has contributed 50 articles! Tom is currently Digital Media Librarian at Florida International University, Miami.
Three-time Latin Grammy nominee, pianist, flutist, composer and arranger Jovino Santos Neto is among the top Brazilian musicians working today, having received many commissions and awards for his work, which is always informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music: samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha, etc.
Jovino continues to lecture and perform worldwide, working with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, chamber music groups, his Seattle-based group Quinteto and in collaboration with musicians such as Bill Frisell, Paquito d’Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, David Sanchez, Joe Locke, Marco Granados and his mentor, the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal. Throughout his career, Jovino been closely affiliated with Pascoal, performing around the world with Pascoal’s group from 1977 to1992, and co-producing several legendary records. He continues to act as Pascoal’s musical director for special events. Jovino is currently a Professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington. See: www.jovisan.net
Equally at home in traditional and early music settings, Chris Norman, known as “The Man With the Wooden Flute,” has built a brilliant international career as a wooden flute specialist. Norman, who also plays bagpipes, sings and composes music, has toured and recorded both as a solo artist and as a member of such groups as The Baltimore Consort, Helicon, Skydance, Concerto Caledonia and his own Chris Norman Ensemble. His flute playing has appeared on more than 40 recordings and can be heard featured on the Oscar award winning soundtrack of Titanic and other Hollywood films including Soldier and the Stone of Destiny. Chris is founder and director of the Boxwood Festivals and Workshops that take place annually in Canada, New Zealand and the US, inspiring thousands of musicians of all ages. As a flute maker, he brings to bear a discernment forged over a 30-year career to make world-class flutes for traditional, baroque and renaissance music. See: www.chrisnorman.com
Dale A. Olsen received BA and MA degrees in historical musicology and flute performance from the University of Minnesota and a Doctorate from U.C.L.A. Dr. Olsen served as principal flutist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Chile, and has received numerous grants and awards to conduct research in South America, as well as in Europe, America, Italy, China, Korea, Tonga (South Pacific), Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Panama. Dr. Olsen has been published over one hundred times, including seven books, one of which, on the popular music of Vietnam, was completed under a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. He is also known for his performances on a range of instruments including the Japanese shakuhachi, the Irish transverse flute and the English recorder, as well as a long list of indigenous South American instruments. Dr. Olsen began teaching at the Florida State University School of Music in 1973, became a Distinguished Research Professor in 2001, and retired in 2008 as Professor Emeritus. See: www.dolsenmusic.net
Stephen Preston has established an international reputation as a pioneering period instrument performer. He was a founder member of the UK’s leading period-instrument ensembles of the 1970s and made pioneering recordings of major works for baroque flute. Subsequently, pursuing his interest in dance, he worked as choreographer and director for two decades. In 2001, reapplying himself to the baroque flute, he undertook a doctoral research project into improvisation and performance techniques modelled on birdsong, which resulted in Ecosonics. Recently, with the aim of enriching contemporary practice and thinking about historical instruments, he formed TRIO APORIA, which since 2012 has commissioned a wide repertoire of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. He also performs with the electro-acoustic improvisation group Automatic Writing Circle. In addition to playing historically modelled instruments, Stephen’s plays the revolutionary Beaudin flute developed by Jean-François Beaudin. He teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and at TrinityLaban. See: www.trioaporia.com, automaticwritingcircle.org.uk, www.stephenpreston-ecosonics.com
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Deepak Ram is known for his performances of North Indian classical music, his collaborations with musicians of other genres, his innovative compositions and for his excellence as a teacher. Deepak studied under the famous flute maker Shri Suryakant Limaye and bansuri master Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, with whom he has composed and performed extensively. In 1986, Deepak was awarded a masters degree in composition from Rhodes University, South Africa. Subsequently, he lectured full-time at the University of Durban-Westville. In 1993 he collaborated with Darius Brubeck and Airto Moreira on the Gathering Forces project. Deepak’s debut album, Flute For Thought was released in 1998. His 2000 recording Searching for Satyam won Best Instrumental Album at the South African Music Awards. His most recent album, Steps, features performances of jazz classics played on the bansuri. He is featured in Peter Westbrook’s documentary film The Flute in Jazz: Window on World Music. See: www.deepakram.com
Carla Rees is a British low flutes specialist who has gained an international reputation for her innovative work. She is Artistic Director of rarescale, Programme Director for the British Flute Society and Director of Tetractys Publishing. She is professor of flute at Royal Holloway University and London College of Music and teaches composition for the Open College of Arts. Carla plays Kingma System flutes, and has had several hundred works written for her to date. She performs as recitalist and chamber musician, writes articles and reviews for several of the world’s flute magazines and has recorded for Atopos, Metier, Capstone and rarescale records. She also works as a professional photographer. See: www.carlarees.co.uk
With a career spanning over four decades, internationally renowned jazz flutist Ali Ryerson is consistently voted among the top jazz flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll. Having released nearly two dozen albums on major labels, Ryerson has worked with numerous jazz icons such as Kenny Barron, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, Joe Beck, Mike Mainieri, Stephane Grappelli, and classical artists Julius Baker and Luciano Pavarotti. Jazz chair of the National Flute Association (2005-10), founder of the NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, and author of the Jazz Flute Practice Method, Ryerson continues to perform, record and present masterclasses worldwide. Ryerson studied with Harold Bennett and John Wion and is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music. A Gemeinhardt artist with an autograph series, Ali’s latest recording, Game Changer – The Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band featuring Hubert Laws, hit the top ten on the JazzWeek charts for six weeks. See: www.aliryerson.com
A past director of the Asian Cultural Council, Ralph Samuelson was trained in the classical Kinko school of shakuhachi under the guidance of Araki Kudo, Yamato Shudo and Yamaguchi Goro, both in Japan and in the graduate world music program at Wesleyan University. He has performed throughout North America, Asia, and Europe since 1978 and has recorded for several international record labels, including Lyrichord Records, Music of the World, and CBS Masterworks. Ralph has been presented in radio and television broadcasts in the United States and Japan and is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and music schools. He continues to teach the shakuhachi in New York where his students have included Elizabeth Brown, Ned Rothenberg and Perry Yung. See: www.komuso.com/people/people.pl?person=59
“International flute icon” Alexa Still maintains a busy schedule of recitals, concertos and master classes throughout the world. She holds a DMA degree and has more than 20 recordings to her credit. Originally from New Zealand, Alexa studied in the US with Samuel Baron and Thomas Nyfenger. For eleven years, from age 23, she was Principal Flute with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She returned to the US to take up a post as Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Colorado at Boulder (1998–2006), then served as Professor of Flute and Director of Performance Research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2006–2011). Since 2011 she has been Associate Professor of Flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. “Few individuals so brilliantly combine superb musicianship with a unique capacity for mentorship,” writes Dean of the Conservatory David H. Stull. Alexa received a Fulbright Award in 1996 and was president of the National Flute Association for 2006/2007. See: www.alexastill.com
Suzanne Teng is a flutist and recording artist from Santa Fé, New Mexico. She holds a master’s degree in music from Boston University’s School for the Arts, with further graduate work in ethnomusicology at UCLA. Suzanne’s recordings have garnered multiple awards and award nominations, including the Independent Music Awards, Best New Age Artist in 2001 and 2005. She has travelled extensively, performing solo and with her group Mystic Journey, at concerts and festivals throughout the world, at such events as His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s World Festival of Sacred Music. Suzanne’s performances and workshops are marked by her extensive use of flutes of every kind from across the globe, as well as the full range of Western flutes from piccolo to contrabass. See: www.mysticjourney.net
One of the country’s foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable studio sessions, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Connecticut College, Mr. Vadala’s performance and recording career includes a lengthy tenure with the award-winning Chuck Mangione Quartet, in addition to work with many leading jazz and popular artists, resulting in performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy, one Emmy, one AGVA and one Golden Globe Award. As a clinician for the Selmer Company, Mr. Vadala travels worldwide, performing with and conducting student and professional ensembles. His book, Improve Your Doubling, is acclaimed as a valuable addition to woodwind literature. He is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. See: www.chrisvadala.com
Award-winning jazz flutist Mark Weinstein has built an impressive body of recorded work that reflects his meticulous musicological research to create different settings–Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, African, Argentinian and traditional Jewish music as well as contemporary jazz–for his improvisations. A Latin Jazz innovator, Mark was among the first jazz musicians to record with traditional Cuban rhythm sections and was a major contributor to the development of salsa, both as trombonist and arranger, extending jazz attitudes and techniques and broadening the harmonic base, while introducing folkloric elements for authenticity and depth. After an extended hiatus from music to study philosophy and logic, Weinstein returned to performance as a flutist, following which he has conceived, produced, performed and issued almost 20 unique recordings, while moonlighting as a professor of educational foundations at Montclair State University in New Jersey. See: www.jazzfluteweinstein.com
John Wubbenhorst began flute studies with Juilliard instructor Kim Haley and took composition classes from Darius Brubeck. At 15, at the Berklee College of Music, he discovered East Indian ragas and the folkloric sounds of the Pacific Rim. He went on to study with Roger Mather at the University of Iowa, to undertake consciousness studies at Maharishi International University, and subsequently to work and practice with Indian musicians in Washington, D.C. He went on to study with the bansuri master Hariprasad Chaurasia, in India from 1992, and later at the Rotterdam Conservatory. Since then, while working with his own group Facing East, working with such musicians as Paul horn, Paul McCandless, Larry Coryell and Jack DeJohnette, and issuing six recordings under his own name, Wubbenhorst has refined his concept of world and ethnic fusion music to include classical and chamber musics, modern jazz, fusion and new age genres. See: www.facebook.com/JohnWubbenhorst.music
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