August 2014 Meeting

July 31, 2014

Our August meeting will be Saturday the 9th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Eric Ginsburg, 215 Boulder Bluff Trail in Chapel Hill. Eric says that the house numbers on his street are out of order, so look for the 7 foot tall carved bear by the mailbox. Also, it’s best to park on the street.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Geri Littlejohn and the flutes of Ted Ceplina. 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.

Coming up on August 15-17 is the Sunwatch Flute Festival in Dayton, OH. Performers include Jan Seiden, Steve Rushingwind, and Painted Raven (with our very own Marsha Harris). It’s a small event, but I’ve heard great things about it, and I’m looking forward to being there for the first time this year. For more information, check http://www.sunwatch.org/.

Also, coming up this September is Flute Haven (http://flutehaven.com/), a week-long flute school held in Valley Forge, PA. Then, in November, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. Both of these events are definitely worth checking out.

If you’re interested in hosting one of our monthly meetings in your home, please shoot me a message and I’ll put you on my list. And 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 9th at Eric’s house.

July 2014 Meeting

July 2, 2014

Our July meeting will be Saturday the 12th 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 drone flutes, and I’ll have a few different styles to show you. Jonny Lipford recently released 2 new CDs, so we’ll get a quick preview of those, and then we’ll take a look at the flutes of Bob Grealish. 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.

Coming up quickly is the World Flute Society convention (http://worldflutesociety.org/), July 16-20 in Eau Claire, WI. The list of performers includes Mary Youngblood, Kevin Locke, Bryan Akipa, Cornell Kinderknecht, Mark Holland, Jonny Lipford, and other Native American Flute players as well as a wide variety of musicians from around the world: Bansuri master G.S. Sachdev, Shakuhachi master Ronnie Seldin, Celtic band Mithril, Hawaiian nose flute player Kalapana Kollars, fujara and overtone flute player Winne Clement, Peruvian quena player Nayo Ulloa, and Chinese multi-instrumentalist Kerry Leung. Most of the performers will be teaching workshops as well. Yes, it’s a heck of a trip from NC, but it’s well worth it. If you have any questions about the event, let me know.

Also, coming up this September is Flute Haven (http://flutehaven.com/), a week-long flute school held in Valley Forge, PA. Then, in November, Native Rhythms Festival will be taking place once again in Melbourne, FL. It’s been an amazing festival the last few years, with outstanding performances and a great workshop schedule. This year, they’re adding a 2-day flute school before the festival. Both of these events are definitely worth checking out.

If you’re interested in hosting one of our monthly meetings in your home, please shoot me a message and I’ll put you on my list. And 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 Betty’s house.

June 2014 Meeting

May 30, 2014

Our June meeting will be Saturday the 21st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Ronnie Pulley, 408 Lochside Dr in Cary. Ronnie teaches African drumming (http://www.drumsonfire.com/) and leads a performing ensemble (http://www.rhythmicity.org/ — they’re playing tonight at 8PM at Waverly Place in Cary if you want to check them out). If you’ve got a djembe, be sure to bring it because Ronnie is going to give us a crash course in drumming. After that, we’ll talk about playing flutes with percussion and then give everyone a chance to get up to the microphone. This month, we’ll also feature the music of Michael DeMaria and the flutes of Fred Keams.

As always, 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.

One quick note from Ronnie: please be very careful about staying off the neighbor’s grass when you park along the street.

The Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation gathering (http://www.rnaff.org/) is next week, June 5-8 in Townsend, TN, with performances by R.C. Nakai, Randy Granger, Steve Rushingwind, George Tortorelli, Painted Raven, Geri Littlejohn, Gareth Laffely, and many others, as well as a full schedule of workshops. If you’ve been considering going and need an inexpensive place to stay, Marsha Harris and I have a spare bed in our cabin. If you want the details, just get in touch.

Also, an event not to be missed is the World Flute Society convention (http://worldflutesociety.org/), July 16-20 in Eau Claire, WI. The list of performers includes Mary Youngblood, Kevin Locke, Bryan Akipa, Cornell Kinderknecht, Mark Holland, Jonny Lipford, and other Native American Flute players as well as a wide variety of musicians from around the world: Bansuri master G.S. Sachdev, Shakuhachi master Ronnie Seldin, Celtic band Mithril, Hawaiian nose flute player Kalapana Kollars, fujara and overtone flute player Winne Clement, Peruvian quena player Nayo Ulloa, and Chinese multi-instrumentalist Kerry Leung. Most of the performers will be teaching workshops as well. Yes, it’s a heck of a trip from NC, but it’s well worth it. If you have any questions about the event, let me know.

If you’re interested in hosting one of our monthly meetings in your home, please shoot me a message and I’ll put you on my list. And 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 21st at Ronnie’s house.

May 2014 Meeting

May 8, 2014

Our May meeting will be Saturday the 24th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Andrew Shakinovsky, 7001 Eastridge Dr. in Apex. We’ll take a look at rim-blown flutes, and we’ll have plenty of them on hand so that you can try to make your first sounds with them. We’ll also feature the flutes and music of Michael Graham Allen, better known as Coyote Oldman. Yeah, we talked about him a year ago, but he’s singlehandedly responsible for reintroducing early Native American rim-blown flutes, so we’d be remiss not to talk about him again this time around.

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 looking for a festival to attend, check out the Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation gathering (http://www.rnaff.org/), June 5-8 in Townsend, TN. Also, 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 either 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 24th at Andrew’s house.

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.