Happy December, everyone! My friend Elizabeth Robinson and I have started a podcast called Music Crush, under the auspices of our organization, Flute New Music Consortium. Episode formats vary between interviews with composers and flutists influencing the contemporary performance world, new music listening sessions, and conversations exploring the nature of our work as musicians and collaborative artists. New episodes will come out every other Wednesday.
You can subscribe anywhere you get your podcasts, and find complete show notes at our website. Here's what we've got lined up for the next few episodes:
E1 (12/7): MICHAEL GENESE, composer of The Highest Arm for flute and electronics (winner, FNMC 2022 Composition Competition), chats with Nicole and Elizabeth about how different NYC communities dealt with the pandemic, social justice in music circles, the great importance of having a collaborative community, and some great advice on learning how to wear multiple hats as a musician.
E2 (12/21): Is there an endpoint?: Elizabeth and Nicole discuss the ups and downs of all-ages performance competitions, things we didn’t learn in grad school, musical taste and professional guilt, doing right by composers, and being middle aged ladies. And because we’re nerds, there’s a little flute pedagogy talk, too.
E3 (1/4): ROBERT MCCLURE, composer of writhe unfurl for flute quartet, (winner, FNMC 2022 Composition Competition), schools Elizabeth and Nicole in desert grasshoppers and the linguistic controversies surrounding how to pluralize the word octopus, explores the visual aspect of his soundscapes, and fills us in on his excellent composer collective, ADJ-JECTIVE. Bonus: we learned what a demi clarinet is, too!
E4 (1/18): I like chickens, I like feminism, and I like Jennifer Higdon: Elizabeth introduces Nicole to some new-to-her music she’s working on, explains her deep love for Jennifer Higdon as a human being, and discusses her commissioning experiences. Nicole also explains her weird coordination issues with extended techniques and they both explore the plight of the composer whose work isn’t accurately represented in performance. (PS, please communicate with your composers before you perform their pieces!)
E5 (2/1): LISA NEHER, a singer and composer based in Portland, won FNMC’s 2022 Composition Competition with her solo flute work Reach Out. She discusses the dichotomy between performing and composing, the importance of genuine social connection, and some great practical advice for composers looking to pay their rent (spoiler alert: you will not make all of your money from sheet music sales).
E6 (2/15): Find a Way to Make it Work: Flutist and composer NICOLE CHAMBERLAIN visits with Elizabeth and Nicole her recent struggles trying to compose during tragedy, the challenge of remaining relevant as a freelancer, and the balance between self care and grit. Nicole C. shares some great marketing for other musicians of all stripes, as well.