August 2018 Meeting

August 8, 2018

Join us at Tony and Melissa Griffin’s home on Saturday, August 11 at 2pm for the monthly flute circle. We will focus on playing flute with a variety of percussion instruments, from hand drums to gongoma and more!

Mara Cohen will guide us in a layering of sounds and we’ll take turns adding flute song to the rhythm of the circle. Bring your favorite percussion, or select from a vast assortment that will be available for sharing. We’ll have a couple of small amps for those who wish to mic their flutes. The second portion of our time will be playing and chatting about performing with flutes and percussion. Poetry can also be incorporated with the music, so bring a poem if you like.

Snacks provided; feel free to bring a dish to share. Chairs provided. We’ll be outside, weather permitting.

Address:
7001 Orchard Knoll Dr
Apex NC 27539
919-387-3650

Note: we are closer to Cary and Holly Springs than we are to Apex, near the intersection of Holly Springs Road and Ten Ten Road. From Cary’s Crossroads Shopping Center, travel south on Holly Springs Rd for about 5 miles. Turn left onto Ten Ten Rd, then right on Orchard Knoll Dr. We are about .6 mile on the left. White House, yellow door. Feel free to come around to the back deck.

This month, we will also feature the music of Mark Holland (specifically his Wind & Fire album with percussionist N Scott Robinson as it relates to our program) and the flutes of Greg Jones

As always, 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.

The following is our 2018 schedule. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We do still need facilitators some months, as noted below, so please let me know if you’d like to help with leading our playing activities. Here’s the schedule:

September 8: Dave / Facilitator needed
October 20: Barbara
November 3: Jeff & Kim Martin / Facilitator needed
December 8: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 11th.

July 2018 Meeting

July 4, 2018

Flute Friends,

Happy Fourth of July! Our next meeting will be this Saturday the 7th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at Dawn and Ed Dougherty’s new home, 2685 Ridgeville Rd in Prospect Hill, up Highway 86 north of Hillsborough. Their phone number is 919-801-2846 if you get lost or need directions. Ed and Dawn have two large lab dogs as well as a tiny but spunky cat, in case you have allergies or issues with animals.

This will also be our summer potluck, so please bring a dish to share if you’re able.

This month, we’ll forego our usual program and just enjoy making some music. If the weather cooperates, there may be some hatchet and knife throwing as well.

As always, 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.

The following is our 2018 schedule. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We do still need facilitators some months, as noted below, so please let me know if you’d like to help with leading our playing activities. Here’s the schedule:

August 11: Melissa & Tony / Mara
September 8: Dave / Facilitator needed
October 20: Barbara
November 3: Jeff & Kim Martin / Facilitator needed
December 8: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 7th.

June 2018 Meeting

May 30, 2018

Flute Friends,

Our June meeting will be this Saturday the 2nd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at my home, 112 Oakbeech Ct in Holly Springs. We’re on a cul de sac and parking is at a premium, so find spots where you’re able.

Instead of our typical program featuring a flutemaker and recording artist, I’ll be doing a seminar on the history and evolution of flutes in North America. The modern flute that we all know and love is a fairly new creation. In this workshop, we will explore the origins of wind instruments in North America, starting with primitive bone instruments and the rim-blown flutes of Ancestral Puebloan cultures. Then, using replicas of several historical instruments as well as some more recent flutes, we’ll take a look at how the Native American Flute has evolved over the last 200 years to become the instrument we play today.

For our playing time this month, Rick is going to do a quick review of Number TAB as taught by Scott August, and then we’ll play some rounds.

As always, 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.

The following is our 2018 schedule. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We do still need facilitators some months, as noted below, so please let me know if you’d like to help with leading our playing activities. Here’s the schedule:

July 7: Dawn & Ed
August 11: Melissa & Tony / Mara
September 8: Dave / Facilitator needed
October 6: Barbara
November 3: Jeff & Kim Martin / Facilitator needed
December 8: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

Feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 2nd.

May 2018 Meeting

April 30, 2018

Flute Friends,

Our May meeting will be Saturday the 5th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Nancy Meiners, 1605 Wingers Ct (sometimes shows on GPS as Wingers Dr) in Fuquay-Varina. In order to keep her Homeowners Association happy, please do not park on the grass.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Butch Hall and the music of John Stevens (who some of you may remember from Flute Haven). Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. If anyone is able to step in and handle facilitation this month, please let me know.

As always, 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.

The following is our 2018 schedule. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We do still need facilitators some months, as noted below, so please let me know if you’d like to help with leading our playing activities. Here’s the schedule:

June 2: Jon / Rick
July 7: Dawn & Ed
August 11: Melissa & Tony / Mara
September 8: Dave / Facilitator needed
October 6: Barbara / Facilitator needed
November 3: Jeff & Kim Martin / Facilitator needed
December 8: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

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.

This Saturday’s flute circle meeting at Forest Theater in Chapel Hill has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather as the planned activities were to take place outdoors. We’ll see you in May. Details for the next meeting will be available soon.

March 2018 Meeting

March 7, 2018

Everyone, just a reminder that this Saturday, March 10th, we will be meeting at the home of Mara Cohen, 304 Morganford Place in Cary, for a concert by Hawk Henries. Please note that we’ll be meeting at 1PM instead of our usual 2PM. Here are the details:

Native American Flute Player, Creator, Musician, Artist, & Storyteller, Hawk Henries is a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck, a people indigenous to what is now Southern New England. Hawk has been composing original music & making Eastern Woodlands flutes using hand tools & fire for more than 30 years. Hawk serenades with his gift of music & stories, taking us on a journey while he plays a variety of native flutes & shares his perspectives about Life. His warm, thoughtful presence literally fills the room as he creates a calming yet engaging, contemplative space, still maintaining a note of humor. His music reflects his belief that we each have the capacity to make change in the world, & you will love him! Hawk has presented at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Harvard Medical School Graduation, & in the U.K. with the London Mozart Players. He enjoys educational settings from kindergarten to university, & small venues like ours, engaging the audience in dialogue.

Hawk’s handmade flutes are found in personal collections all over the world, and also appear in several museums. He has three original CD’s, First Flight, Keeping the Fire and Voices. He is also featured on the compilation CD Tribal Winds. His music has been used in a variety of films and documentaries some of which won or were nominated for Emmy awards. To learn more about Hawk visit his website at: www.hawkhenries.com or Facebook at Hawk Henries Flute Maker/ Musician.

Minimum Love Donation for Hawk is $10. Hawk will also have his much sought-after flutes and CD’s of his amazing music for sale! Refreshments will be available, feel free to bring a snack to share! Please RSVP to Dawn Leith-Dougherty at dawn@treeoflifedesigns.com or Mara Cohen at moorishgypsy@gmail.com

February 2018 Meeting

January 26, 2018

Our February meeting will be Saturday the 3rd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Lloyd and Judith Jenkins, 4925 Bartwood Dr in North Raleigh.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Belo Cozad and the music of Thurlow Lieurance. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. As always, 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.

Also, please make note that for our March meeting, we’ll be doing something a little different. Hawk Henries will be joining us on March 10 at 1PM (note the time change) at Mara Cohen’s home in Cary to share his music with us. Minimum Love Donation for Hawk is $10. Hawk will also have his much sought-after flutes and CD’s of his amazing music for sale! Please RSVP to Dawn Leith-Dougherty at dawn@treeoflifedesigns.com or Mara Cohen at moorishgypsy@gmail.com.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2018. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to host this year. We do still need facilitators some months, as noted below, so please let me know if you’d like to help with leading our playing activities. Here’s the schedule:

March 10: Mara
April 7: Ken / Facilitator needed
May 5: Nancy / Facilitator needed
June 2: Jon / Facilitator needed
July 7: Dawn & Ed
August 11: Melissa & Tony
September 8: Dave / Facilitator needed
October 6: Barbara / Facilitator needed
November 3: Jeff & Kim Martin / Facilitator needed
December 8: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

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 3rd.

January 2018 Meeting

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! Our January meeting will be Saturday the 6th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at Dawn and Ed Dougherty’s new home, 2685 Ridgeville Rd in Prospect Hill, up Highway 86 north of Hillsborough.

Instead of our normal program this month, we’ll do something a little different. Please bring your very first flute (assuming you still have it) and be prepared to tell us a little about it and how you got into the flute world.

Also, if you have them, please bring flutes in B, A, E, and D for an activity on playing harmonized duets. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. As always, 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.

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 6th.

December 2017 Meeting

November 28, 2017

Flute friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftovers, I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. On Saturday the 9th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 6th 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 proper holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods as well as coffee and tea. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, that’s great, but please don’t feel obligated to do so.

As the format for this meeting will be largely an open mic setup, please bring some instruments and have something in mind that you’d like to play. There are plenty of us who play percussion, strings, or other instruments, so if you’d like some accompaniment, just let me know.

If you’d like to contribute something for the door prizes, that’s would be awesome. In the past, we’ve had enough items that everyone got to take something home, but my own stash of giveaways has dwindled significantly over the last couple years. Old CDs you don’t listen to any more, flute bags, instructional materials, etc. would be great contributions.

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 or RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get a headcount and plan accordingly.

Also, just a head’s up that our January meeting will be on the 6th at Ed and Dawn’s new home. Details and new address will come soon. I’m working on dates for 2018 and will be looking for volunteers to host those meetings soon.

Thanks,
Jon

November 2017 Meeting

October 31, 2017

Flute Friends,

Our November meeting will be Saturday the 4th at 2PM. This month, we’ll be at the home of Jeff and Kim Martin, 2021 Massimo Dr in Creedmoor.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Cornell Kinderknecht and the flutes of Miguel Medina. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. As always, 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.

In order to make life a little easier for all of us, I went ahead and scheduled out all meetings for 2017. Many of you have already volunteered to host these meetings and to act as our monthly facilitator for playing time, and I definitely appreciate that. Here’s the schedule listing both host and facilitator for each month:

December 9: Annual holiday shindig at Jon’s house

2018 dates coming soon…

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 4th.