New music to me is primarily a living art, defined by today's practicing composers, and collaborating artists. What is most exciting to me is that in this landscape, the flute can embody a much wider spectrum of personalities and sensations than in traditional Western flute repertoire. In this world, the pure, golden tone that we strive for in the classical idiom is but one among many iterations of breath that one can think of:
Inhale. Exhale. That single breath can be exuberant and athletic, or dry and thin, luxurious and sensual, or skittering away, simply frightened out of its wits, and all of this can be shown on the flute with different techniques. The quality of our breath is intimately tied to our psychological and emotional experience, from moment to moment. I have worked alongside new music composers, improvised, and begun composing myself in order to hone and develop this palette of breath personalities. The flute, after all, is just a tube, so the bulk of the work is in developing theatrical and expressive ideas that I can then find a way to transmit through the instrument. My new music projects include: Playing contemporary solo repertoire on flute, my duo The Witches, playing in contemporary ensembles such as Now Hear This, Ensemble 4'33'', and Trio Jinx.