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#1 flute podcast channel by Clare Southworth and Jean-Paul Wright

Talking Flutes! Flute Fun, performance tips and interviews by Clare Southworth Professor of Flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Jean-Paul Wright - Managing Director of TJ flutes in London.

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#1 flute podcast channel by Clare Southworth and Jean-Paul Wright

    147. How to win a Grammy! - Dr José Valentino

    147. How to win a Grammy! - Dr José Valentino

    "Employing the imagination and never letting go!"
    In this extended 'Talking Flutes Extra' podcast this week, Jean-Paul speaks with Emmy, Grammy and winner of over 50 Downbeat and many many other music Awards, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording engineer, entrepreneur, music Professor and all round lovely guy Dr José Valentino.
    During the podcast José speaks about his musical journey to date.  He also talks about his Grammy winning composition and performance of 'Sacre',  and lists 10 attributes which he believes have helped him personally along the road to being the latest winner of a Latin Grammy Award.


    'Sacre' A COMPOSITION FOR AN URGENT TIME IN OUR SOCIETY . . .




    For millennia, the flute has been utilised as a sacred instrument to evoke both the spirit of humanity and the spirit of God. It is well-observed that the acclaimed Austrian Classical composer, Franz Joseph Haydn, brilliantly utilised the flute in his Credo movements to depict the motion of the Holy Spirit ministering to His people. Ethnomusicologists have noted the breathy timbres of the flute being inspired by the sacredness of humanity's first experience listening to music, which is in the mother's womb hearing her breathe, as well as her heartbeat which is conveyed by the profound rhythmic nuances on the piano.
    In Latin American countries, flutes have been purposed by native tribes to transport listeners into the spiritual realm during worship ceremonies and are subsumed as appointed instruments for amelioration, both physically and emotionally - a tool utilized during the earliest forms of music therapy.
    The etymology of the word, "Sacre", denotes the dedication or setting apart for the service or worship of the Creator. When an entity is sacred, it is considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspiring awe and reverence among observers. Sacredness can be applied to the expressions of creativity including ethnic and cultural wonders of the human experience such as music, the arts, relationships, communication, a person's place of origin, and so forth. Philosophically, it is the reverence for a person's identity, purpose, and role. A derivative of the word, "sacre", is "sacrifice", which is one of the greatest actions and attributes of displayed love for another person.
    Composers Carlos Fernando Lopez [who performed the piano] and Dr. José Valentino Ruiz [who performed the flute] aimed to create a piece the takes listeners on a sonic journey portraying the human experience; the beauties of cultural diversity, inclusivity, and equity which is (1) musically-observed by the respect, unity, and dialogue between the pianist and flutist, and (2) reflected in the harmonic, rhythmic, and timbral expressivity inspired by the quartal and harmonic traditions of Western European's Impressionism, Afro-Latin American polyrhythmic drumming, and indigenous textural expressions on the flute akin to the Colombian zampoña and Peruvian kena.
    In just five minutes and twenty-five seconds, Lopez and Ruiz, provide a chronological road map of the human condition evoking the sacredness and inception of birth to a person's emotional uncovering of the world being both breathtakingly-beautiful [hence the breathy flute sound] and turbulent [hence the piano insinuating pain, war, and struggle]. Ultimately, the listener arrives to a halt and an inner destination where s/he realises that life well-lived requires for humanity to humble themselves and connect with the Creator [evoked with the rubato drone of "eternity" played by the piano and the vocalisations on flute] to plea for restoration for the world. Through the eye’s and ear’s observance of "what IS sacred" such as people's lives, people's identities, people's heritage, and people's hopes and dreams, the person realises that sacredness is omnipresent and must be preserved, not abolished.
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    146. Little bombs of Virtuosity - Nicola Woodward

    146. Little bombs of Virtuosity - Nicola Woodward

    The musical genius that is Charles Koechlin (1867 - 1950)
    In 'Talking Flutes' this week Clare speaks via Zoom with musician and flute player Nicola Woodward about her study of, and recording of the 'Chants de Nectaire', 96 unaccompanied pieces by Koechlin.
    Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) was a French composer who although unduly neglected during his lifetime is finally earning the recognition he deserves as equal of great composers like Faure, Debussy and Ravel.  He seems to have had a particular affinity with the flute, possibly because in its simplest form it is the most primitive and natural of instruments, closest to the human voice. The ‘Chants de Nectaire’ op 198 199 and 200 constitute one of the greatest works for flute both in terms of length and quality. Koechlin’s writing is so idiomatic and sensitive that it is hard to believe that he did not play the flute himself. 
    For more information visit www.nicolawoodward.uk 
    'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com
     

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    145. Coffee, cake, wine and Syrinx! - William Dowdall

    145. Coffee, cake, wine and Syrinx! - William Dowdall

    "Teaching is not a science, it's artistically very easy!"
    In 'Talking Flutes Extra' this week Jean-Paul talks with William Dowdall Professor of Flute at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin about Syrinx, flute playing and his wonderful new short flute teaching videos.
    Get your free original Syrinx flute score via www.williamdowdall.com 
    'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com
     
     
     

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    144. Don't just play the notes - Clare Southworth & Jean-Paul Wright

    144. Don't just play the notes - Clare Southworth & Jean-Paul Wright

    Motivations for change in 2021!
    With the devastation that Covid has caused to music, musicians and people around the world in 2020, Clare and Jean-Paul discuss their hopes for the New Year and 2021 as a a whole that Vaccines will bring to humanity.
    'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute family.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com 

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    143. Jigsaws at Christmas - Clare Southworth and Jean-Paul Wright

    143. Jigsaws at Christmas - Clare Southworth and Jean-Paul Wright

    Banishing 2020 to history and looking forward to 2021!
    In this festive edition, Clare and Jean-Paul talk about their Christmas traditions and also the importance of planning your flute practice to give yourself permission to take a little time off.  
    On behalf of the team at 'Talking Flutes' and TJ flutes, may we wish you a very happy Christmas and my 2021 bring you much joy and good health!
    'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by teh TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com 
     

    • 32 min
    142. Drinking Santas and 'Dark is Light is' - Elsa Nilsson

    142. Drinking Santas and 'Dark is Light is' - Elsa Nilsson

    "Being homesick for my culture during this festive time of the year."
    In this 'Extra' podcast, Jean-Paul catches up again with NY based Swedish musician and flute player Elsa Nilsson at the end of a turbulent year for her.  They discuss how she is feeling now and also look at her new album 'Dark is Light is'.
    'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.trevorjamesflutes.com
     

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13 Ratings

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Nice 'bite-sized' flute podcasts!

At last!!...some nice 'bite-sized' short podcasts with some excellent practice and performance info.

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