July 2014 Meeting

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.

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By Jon Norris

Jon Norris is a full-time musical instrument maker living in Holly Springs, NC. He has been playing the Native American style flute since the early 90's, and has been making them since 2002.