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Thanks to Andy Woodson for the following clips!

"Happy People" by Andy Woodson, with Andy (bass) and Mark Flugge (piano) at Mark's Capital Faculty Recital, November 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UdQPVBtkAc

"February's Promise" by Mark FLugge, with Andy Woodson (bass) and me (flute) at Mark's Capital Faculty Recital, November 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnVPSwX8zWU

Lisa Jelle, Flute; Mark Flugge, Piano
Mark Flugge

Story

Mark Flugge wrote this for our group, The Flying Colors Duo, in 2010.  We have performed it at the Bungalow Jazz Concert Series, at Mark's Faculty Recital at Capital University, at the University of Ohio, at Western Michigan University, at Capital University's 2011 NOW Festival, and at the National Flute Association's 2011 Annual Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The parts are now published and available for purchase!  All parts are written out, but there are sections for optional improvisation, if you are so inclined.  This piece opens with Bolling-inspired lyricism and soon descends into a darkly virtuosic boogie-woogie.  Very fun for both performers and audience- a great closer!

 

Lisa Jelle, Piccolo; Mark Flugge, Piano
"Timeless" by Ken Benshoof. We introduce the piece with Mark's improvised chorus of Gershwin's "Embraceable You".

Story

Ken Benshoof's "Timeless" was commissioned in 1999 by John Hunter as a birthday gift for his wife, piccoloist Karin Ursin.  Elements of Gershwin's "Embraceable You" are scattered throughout; we have chosen to introduce the piece with an improvised chorus of the Gershwin jazz standard.

Lisa Jelle, Flute; Gary Moody, Bassoon
Richard Cioffari, 2009

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Gary Moody and I co-commissioned this work from Richard Cioffari, Music Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University and a frequent piano collaborator for recitals in Central Columbus.  Gary is Professor of Double Reeds and Music Theory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins; we were colleagues in the Breckenridge (CO) Music Festival for nearly 20 years together.  We perceived a lack in the repertoire for quality duos for flute and bassoon, and hope many musicians discover and perform this piece!  

Richard Cioffari holds degrees from The University of Michigan, and is Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, where he taught for many years, including seven years as Department of Performance Studies chairman. He currently holds the Reinberger Foundation Chair as keyboardist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently as assisting pianist and chamber recitalist. A published composer and arranger, his works are regularly commissioned and performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been featured at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the International Horn Society, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Flute Association, and on NPR.  Several of Professor Cioffari's works appear on the Music Educator's National Conference state affiliates' contest lists. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is listed in the International Who's Who in Music. An unusually versatile musician, he has performed as principal double bassist of the North Carolina Symphony and has recently served as conductor of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.

Lisa Jelle, Alto Flute; Mark Flugge, Piano; Andy Woodson, Bass; Jim Ed Cobbs, drum set & percussion
Mark Flugge, 2008

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Mark Flugge wrote "A Solidao Bonita" in the summer of 2008 while I was in Colorado for 5 weeks with the Breckenridge Music Festival.  The title translates as "The Beautiful Loveliness"; the alto flute evokes this emotion very clearly.  I love playing the alto flute!

QuintEssential Winds: Lisa Jelle, flute, piccolo, alto flute; Stephen Secan, oboe; Gail Lehto Zugger, clarinet; Kimberbly McCann, horn; Christopher Weait, bassoon
Richard Cioffari

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The Capital University Faculty Woodwind Quintet commissioned "Variations on a Theme of Grieg" from Richard Cioffari, and premiered the work in 2007.  The piece is tuneful, virtuosic, and playful.  Coincidentally, Richard's choice of Grieg reflects my Norwegian heritage.  The composer is Music Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University.  My colleagues in the QuintEssential Winds on this recording are Stephen Secan, oboe; Gail Lehto Zugger, clarinet; Kimberly McCann, horn; and Christopher Weait, bassoon.

Parts and score are published and available from TrevCo Music.

Richard Cioffari holds degrees from The University of Michigan, and is Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, where he taught for many years, including seven years as Department of Performance Studies chairman. He currently holds the Reinberger Foundation Chair as keyboardist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently as assisting pianist and chamber recitalist. A published composer and arranger, his works are regularly commissioned and performed by artists nationally and internationally, and have been featured at conferences of the International Double Reed Society, the International Horn Society, the International Trumpet Guild, the National Flute Association, and on NPR.  Several of Professor Cioffari's works appear on the Music Educator's National Conference state affiliates' contest lists. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and is listed in the International Who's Who in Music. An unusually versatile musician, he has performed as principal double bassist of the North Carolina Symphony and has recently served as conductor of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra and the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Columbus.

Lisa Jelle, Flute & Piccolo; Gail Lehto Zugger, Clarinet; Mark Flugge, Piano
Mark Flugge, 2009

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Mark Flugge composed "Tranquillo e Inspirare" for the Inspirare Duo (Lisa Jelle, flute; Gail Lehto Zugger, clarinet); the three of us premiered it in 2009.  "Tranquillo" is reminiscent of Satie.

Lisa Jelle, Flute; Gail Lehto Zugger, Clarinet; Mark Flugge, Piano
Mark Flugge, 2009

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Mark Flugge composed "Tranquillo e Inspirare" for The Inspirare Duo (Lisa Jelle, flute; Gail Lehto Zugger, clarinet); the three of us premiered it in 2009.  "Inspirare" has a quasi-country, feel-good vibe. We have performed this piece at the Capital University NOW Festival, the Lancaster American Music Concert, and at Ohio University.

Lisa Jelle, Flute; Mark Flugge, Piano
Bill Evans, arranged for Flute and Piano by Mark Flugge

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"B Minor Waltz (for Ellaine)" is one of jazz piano legend Bill Evans' lesser-known masterpieces; here we present Mark Flugge's arrangement, with the flute given Evans' right-hand improvised solo from the 1977 recording You Must Believe in Spring.  Evans played flute at Southeastern Louisiana College and subsequently in the Fifth Army Band at Fort Sheridan, Illinois.  His improvisatory style fits the flute tessitura very well.  Ellaine was Evans' common-law wife.

Lynda Hasseler, Mezzo-Soprano; Mark Baker, Baritone; Lisa Jelle, Flute; Gail Lehto Zugger, Bass Clarinet; Robert Breithaupt, Tympani
Dina Lentsner, 2009

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Dina Lentsner created "Love Improvisation No. 2" (2009) at the urging of two of her Capital University colleagues, Lynda Hasseler and me.  This recording is from a live performance at the Capital University NOW Festival in Huntington Recital Hall on February 10, 2010. My colleagues in the performance are Lynda Hasseler, mezzo-soprano; Mark Baker, baritone; Gail Lehto Zugger, bass clarinet; and Bob Breithaupt, tympani.

The text is from Derrida, a documentary by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman.  Jacques Derrida was one of the most well-known and prolific twentieth century philosophers; he developed the theory known as deconstruction.

A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Dr. Dina Lentsner is Associate Professor of Music History, Music Theory and Composition at Capital University Conservatory of Music. She completed her undergraduate studies in music theory at Pskov College of Music, and her graduate studies in composition at St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. In 1990 she immigrated to United States with her family, and in 2002 she received a Ph.D. in music theory from The Ohio State University.

Lyrics

-Just whatever you want to say about love...

-About what?

-Love...

-Love or death?

-Love, not death. We've heard enough about death.

-Love?

-Love.

-I have nothing to say about love. I am not capable of talking in generalities about love. I am not capable... I have an empty head on love...

-Supposing I love someone. Do I love someone for the absolute singularity of who they are?... Does one love someone or does one love something about someone? ... The history of love, the heart of love is divided between the who and the what.

Lisa Jelle, Flute; Mark Flugge, Piano; Andy Woodson, Bass; Jim Ed Cobbs, Drum Set & Percussion
Mark Flugge, 2001; arr. 2010

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Mark Flugge wrote "Action Planet" in 2001 and arranged it for this recording in 2010.  High energy, Latin percussion, optional improvised solos- what's not to love?

Lisa Jelle, Flute; Mark Flugge, Piano
Duke Ellington, arranged by Mark Flugge for solo flute and optional piano effects

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In 2011 Mark Flugge arranged Duke Ellington's piano solo, "Single Petal of a Rose" for solo flute with optional piano effects.  The piece will receive its premiere performance at the CD Release Party/Recital/Signing on January 18, 2012. This hauntingly beautiful ballad is a lovely and thoughtful benediction to the collection of wonderful new works for flute on the CDWaltz into Madness.