April 2014 Meeting

March 29, 2014

Our April meeting will be Saturday the 12th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Barbara Pedersen, 28 Oakwood Drive in Chapel Hill.

This month, we’ll be talking about the ergonomics of flute design — what can be done to make fingerholes easier to reach, especially on those big low flutes everybody likes so much. We will also be featuring the flutes of Ed Hrebec and the music of Cornell Kinderknecht. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

If anyone is up for an epic spring break road trip to celebrate the end of this year’s never-ending winter, Musical Echoes Flute Festival (http://musicalechoes.org/) is taking place April 25-27 in Fort Walton Beach, FL. For something a little closer to home, the Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation gathering (http://www.rnaff.org/) is June 5-8 in Townsend, TN. And finally, an event not to be missed is the World Flute Society convention (http://worldflutesociety.org/), July 16-20 in Eau Claire, WI. If you’re interested in attending any of these and would like more details, please feel free to get in touch.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 12th at Barbara’s house.

March 2014 Meeting

February 26, 2014

Ok, let’s try this one again. Since we cancelled the February meeting due to the Snowpocalypse, we’ve just shifted the entire thing — location, topics, etc. — a month. Our March meeting will be Saturday the 8th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll be talking about using microphones to amplify your playing. We’ll look at the different types of microphones, how close to the mic you should be, and where you should point the mic for the best sound. We will also be featuring the flutes and music of Bryan Akipa. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Potomac Flute Festival — http://www.potomacflutefestival.org/ — is coming up on March 14-16 in Rockville, MD. It’s a great indoor event packed with classes and workshops. Cornell Kinderknecht, Jeff Ball, Mark Holland, Suzanne Teng, Scott August, and Arvel Bird will be performing this year. I’ve seen them all over the years and they’re all amazing musicians. Registration info is on the website. The event costs $130 for the full weekend if you register before March 1, or $155 after. Single day tickets are less. If you’re interested in going and would like to share a ride, please let me know. I know of at least one person who is interested in carpooling, and I’d love to help connect people so that more of our friends from the Raleigh/Durham area can attend this festival.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 8th at Catrrine’s house.

February 2014 Meeting

February 2, 2014

We are officially canceling this Saturday’s flute circle meeting. Many of our members drive quite a distance to come to meetings. While road conditions are currently improving, there is more wintry precipitation being predicted for the area north of the Triangle on Friday evening, and most of the Triangle has more snow in the forecast on Saturday as well. I’d rather play it safe than ask people to risk driving in more possible bad weather, so we’ll skip this meeting. Stay tuned for an update on our next scheduled meeting.

January 2014 Meeting

January 7, 2014

I hope you survived the holidays unscathed and have had a great start to the new year. To kick things off, our January meeting will be Saturday the 18th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Dawn Leith and Ed Dougherty, 359 Green Meadow Lane in Roxboro. It’s a mile or two off 15-501, way north of Durham. They have two big dogs that are in and out of the house, so if you have allergies or other issues, please be aware.

This month, we’ll be talking about playing transverse flutes, and I’m sure we’ll have a few for people to try out. We will also be featuring both the flutes and music of George Tortorelli. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Potomac Flute Festival — http://www.potomacflutefestival.org/ — is coming up on March 14-16 in Rockville, MD. It’s a great indoor event packed with classes and workshops. Cornell Kinderknecht, Mark Holland, Suzanne Teng, Scott August, and Arvel Bird will be performing this year. I’ve seen them all over the years and they’re all amazing musicians. Registration info is on the website. The event costs $130 for the full weekend if you register before March 1, or $155 after. Single day tickets are less. If you’re interested in going and would like to share a ride, please let me know. I know of at least one person who is interested in carpooling, and I’d love to help connect people so that more of our friends from the Raleigh/Durham area can attend this festival.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 18th at Dawn and Ed’s house.

December 2013 Meeting

December 1, 2013

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftover turkey (or in some cases, Tofurkey), I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. On Saturday the 14th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 2nd Annual Epic Holiday Musical Shindig at my home. We’ll fire up the PA system, break out more instruments than you can count, and create lots of bodacious grooves and tasty jams. No discussion topics. Just music. And door prizes. And plenty of food. It wouldn’t be a holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods (definitely involving chocolate, with the possible appearance of something wrapped in bacon) as well as coffee, tea, and soft drinks. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, that’s great, but please don’t feel obligated to do so. My goal is just to get everyone together and enjoy creating music before the mad rush of the holidays.

We’re located at 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs, just south of the Raleigh/Cary area. You should be able to find us on Google Maps or your trusty GPS, but if not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide you with directions. We’re on a cul-de-sac so parking is at a premium, but we’ll manage. I look forward to seeing you there.

Just shoot me an email (jon@jonnorrismusic.com) or RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get a headcount and plan accordingly. It would be tragic if we ran out of chocolate.

Also, just so you can get it on your calendar, our January meeting will be on Saturday the 18th at the home of Dawn Leith and Ed Dougherty in Roxboro.

Thanks,
Jon Norris

November 2013 Meeting

November 4, 2013

Our November meeting will be Saturday the 16th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Betty Tew, 1809 Keokuk Court in Apex. It’s off Old Jenks Rd. near Highway 55.

This month, we’ll be talking about playing duets, including some techniques that we’ll try out. We will also feature the music of Joe Young. Then we’ll take a look at the flutes of Leroy Cully. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

If you’re up for a road trip, Native Rhythms Festival — http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/ — is this coming weekend, November 8-10, in Melbourne, FL, just south of Orlando. It’s a great event with lots of wonderful performances, workshops, and vendors. If you’re interested in going and would like to share a ride and possibly a hotel room, please let me know. I know of at least one person who is interested in carpooling, and I’d love to help connect people so that more of our friends from the Raleigh/Durham area can attend this festival.

Also, our friend Randy Granger will be back in town the week of November 12-16. If you’re interested in hosting a house concert, Randy would love to perform for your family and friends. For more information, please contact Dawn Leith (dawnofanewage@hotmail.com).

And finally, just so you can get it on your calendar, our 2nd Annual Holiday Musical Shindig will be Saturday, December 14th at 2PM at my home in Holly Springs. More details will follow in a few weeks.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 16th at Betty’s house.

October 2013 Meeting

September 24, 2013

Our October meeting will be Saturday the 5th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Robin Kirwan, 9712 Straightaway Lane in Bahama, just north of Durham on 15/501.

This month, we’ll be joined by our featured flutemaker and recording artist, Arnold Richardson. A member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe, Arnold records under the name Tsa’ne Do’se. We look forward to hearing from him. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

If you’re up for a road trip this fall, be sure to check out Native Rhythms Festival — http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/. It’s November 8-10 in Melbourne, FL, just south of Orlando. There are always quite a few of us from the Raleigh area there. I’ll be vending there, along with Ed and Dawn from Tree of Life Designs. Our very own Marsha Harris will be taking the stage with Painted Raven. Many other performers will be there, including Randy Granger, Mark Holland, Jonny Lipford, Jan Seiden, and more. They have a full workshop schedule as well, so you can learn quite a bit. The best part is that the event is entirely free. It’s definitely worth the trip.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 5th at Robin’s house.

September 2013 Meeting

September 6, 2013

Our September meeting will be Saturday the 14th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Ruth Pardue, 1713 Athens Drive in Raleigh. Directions and parking information can be found at http://bookspring.com/1713/.

This month, we’ll be talking about playing a flute with piano accompaniment. We will also feature the music of Painted Raven. Then we’ll take a look at the flutes of Geri Littlejohn. And of course, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

If you’re up for a road trip this fall, be sure to check out Native Rhythms Festival — http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/. It’s November 8-10 in Melbourne, FL, just south of Orlando. There are always quite a few of us from the Raleigh area there. I’ll be vending there, along with Ed and Dawn from Tree of Life Designs. Our very own Marsha Harris will be taking the stage with Painted Raven. Many other performers will be there, including Randy Granger, Mark Holland, Jonny Lipford, Jan Seiden, and more. They have a full workshop schedule as well, so you can learn quite a bit. The best part is that the event is entirely free. It’s definitely worth the trip.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 14th at Ruth’s house.

July 2013 Meeting

July 6, 2013

Flute Friends,

Our July meeting will be Saturday the 20th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Josh Kleinstreuer, 4522 Centrebrook Circle in North Raleigh. Please park in spots labeled “GUEST”, which there should be plenty of on a Saturday. There is also additional parking available on Valley Stream Drive.

This month, we’ll be discussing breath control as it applies to flute playing. We will also feature the music of Mark Holland. Then we’ll take a look at the flutes of Brad Young. And of course, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Speaking of Mark Holland, he and N. Scott Robinson are currently on tour in support of their new Wind & Fire release, Lost In The Beauty Of It All. They will be performing at Common Ground Theatre in Durham on Saturday, August 10. As a world music duo, Mark and Scott combine superb flute playing with amazing percussion. If you’ve never seen them play together, you’ll be blown away. The performance will begin at 8PM, and tickets are $20 at the door. Please help spread the word. Bring your families, neighbors and coworkers out for this outstanding evening of music. This concert will serve as our August gathering.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th at Josh’s house.

Thanks,
Jon

June 2013 Meeting

June 13, 2013

Flute Friends,

This month, instead of our normal meeting, we’re doing something a bit different. Please join us to welcome the uber-talented multi-instrumentalist and award-winning musician, Randy Granger! Randy will be in North Carolina on Saturday, June 22nd, to grace us with a workshop, potluck meet & greet, and house concert in the pastoral beauty of northern Durham. Please join us at Black Horse Run, 11402 S. Lowell Rd. in Bahama, NC.

If you have not been to one of Randy’s informative and compelling workshops, and desire to hone your skills and become a better player, you simply MUST be there. Players of ALL levels from beginner to advanced will learn something new and are welcome! The workshop curriculum will start at 3:00 and run for two 45-minute blocks with a break in-between, as follows:

THE ABC’S OF PLAYING THE NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE

This workshop explores techniques, concepts, ideas and playing skills for the modern Native American flute. The goal is to bring more expressiveness and enjoyment to your playing experience. Techniques such as tonguing, articulations, yelps, trills, tone and phrasing will be explored and demonstrated in a fun, non-threatening, easily understood manner. Many of the techniques are the same used by professional recording artists including Granger, a professional, full-time musician.

The second half of the workshop will be in what is called a Master Class format. Master classes are well known in classical music education as a way for students to receive feedback on their playing from a professional. Granger will listen, offer positive feedback as well as areas of improvement. You will be able to witness how subtle changes in your playing, posture or breathing can improve your stamina and communication as a musician whether you play for your own enjoyment or aspire to become a professional. This workshop is a MUST for any player of any level and you will take home new skills and techniques from this master musician. Randy makes his workshops FUN! Bring a flute of any key and a list of some areas you might like to improve your own playing.

Randy Granger is an award-winning recording artist, composer, flute instructor and performing artist. He is classically trained in percussion, voice and performance. A former instructor with the Yamaha School of Music as well as private students, he now conducts workshops around the country on flute and Hang playing. The majority of Granger’s private students are now taught via Skype with students all around the world. He has performed and shared the stage with R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Graham Allen, Peter Phippen, Skip Healy, Scott August among many other top recording artists. His workshops are extremely popular and he has facilitated flute playing workshops at INAFA, Zion Canyon, Native Rhythms, Oklahoma Flute fest, Handpangea to name a few.

After the workshop, we will have a potluck supper starting at 5:00 and meet and greet before the concert, which starts at 7:00. Please bring a dish to share, as Black Horse Run is in the country, with no food options nearby.

HOUSE CONCERT WITH RANDY

Please share the concert info with friends and family, as this show will be one you DO NOT want to miss. Everyone in our flute family needs to hear the incredible talent that is Randy Granger, live in an intimate house-concert setting. Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Randy Granger blends elements of southwest music like Native American flutes with world percussion, distinctive vocals and other worldly Pan instruments like the Halo, the Hang and Moyo. The unique sound and energy of Granger’s live performances has earned him headline status at many Native American and World Music festivals around the U.S. His YouTube channel has 1.5 million views. He’s been nominated for and won many awards including the Indian Summer Music Awards, Native American Music Awards (NAMMY’S), New Mexico Music Industry Awards, US Songwriting Competition and many others.

The concert will start promptly at 7:00, so come early and claim your seat! CD’s will be available for purchase at the show and can be personally autographed by Randy! If you have not been to one of Randy’s concerts, you simply MUST be there! We hope to see ALL our circle members and their friends at this show, so let’s have a great turnout! You may bring your own wine or beer, as this is a private event, BYOB.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the workshop are $20, concert tickets are $15, OR $30 if you are attending both. Concert tickets are $15 at the door, for those not attending the workshop. If you are coming for the concert, please arrive by 6:30.

RSVP is recommended ASAP to prepare and get an accurate head count, especially for the workshop, to Dawn Leith and Ed Dougherty at treeoflifeapothecary@hotmail.com, or message Dawn on Facebook. Please feel free to contact Dawn with questions or comments. Hope to see you all there!