"The flute player could really play."
The launch of #tinyefforts2020
I'm making four new compositions available for free download and will use my stimulus check to support musicians who make a recording of any of them. It's my tiny effort to keep making music in the summer of 2020.
Summer 2020 would have been my first season as the senior session flute faculty at Luzerne Music Center. I look forward to excellent music making, learning, and inspiration there next year!
I've joined the faculty at UpBeat, an after school El Sistema music program in the Bronx, teaching flute and conducting the new wind ensemble.
Ensemble 365's album Eastern Currents has been named a National Honorable Mention Finalist for The American Prize for Chamber Music Performance in 2018-19.
In March 2020, I commissioned two pieces by Kimberly Osberg for my students as part of her Commissions from Quarantine series. Enjoy!
No. 24 "Adventurous and Spunky"
No. 25 "Change of Color"
Praise for Ensemble 365's CD Eastern Currents from Colin Clarke in Fanfare Magazine--
"The standard of performance throughout by all performers is pretty much faultless."
"The performance here [of Frangiz Ali-Zadeh's Three Watercolors] is fabulous, the aching loneliness of “Narcissus” for soprano and flute (itself implying a shakuhachi) balanced by the angular play of “The Boatman.”
"Mary Hubbell is a most expressive soprano, and Alice Jones the perfect partner (the two parts are very much equals). The deep flute resonance of the opening of the final movement, “Dream Song,” and the way Hubbell’s blanched tone morphs with the flute sound is a spectacular sonic feat that captures the fluidity of sound that lies at the heart of Lam’s music."
"A phenomenally interesting release... required listening."
The CD is available on Amazon and iTunes and Spotify.