The Festival starts on Friday, March 20th and concludes Sunday, March 22nd at the Urayasu Concert Hall in Urayasu, Japan. It is accesible by airport limousine bus from Narita or Haneda airports.
Events at The International Low Flutes Festival will include:
- Professional Low Flutes Choir
- Performances by international artists
- An alto flute competition
- Performance opportunities for soloists, chamber ensembles and choirs
- Coaching sessions for amateur and professional ensembles and choirs
- Meet the composer round tables
- Sight-reading sessions for low flutes choirs
- Opening Flute Choir, open to all players
If you would like to be notified about further festival information please send your email address to:
Yuko Hoshi, Festival Director
Mr. Taku is a one-of-kind, multitalented flutist/composer/entertainer. As a concert flutist, Mr. Taku has also performed concertos accompanied by many different orchestras and he has premiered works by composers from many countries. He is the leader of a flute trio called “Magnum Trio,”considered a next-generation performing group which has toured throughout Japan and the UK, Canada, Korea. Mr. Taku is the director of “Mederu-dan”. Mederu-dan – an ensemble group that ‘loves’(mederu in Jp.) low flutes. Founded in 2017, it is the very first low flutes orchestra and consists of members from all over Japan who have passion for low flutes. They performed their first annual concert in August 2018.
Ali Ryerson, who ranks among today’s top jazz flutists, grew up in a musical family. Her father, jazz guitarist Art Ryerson, played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, then became a top studio player in NYC. Ali has become an internationally renowned touring & recording artist and educator. Former NFA Jazz Chair, current Low Flutes Chair, founder of NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is Flute Professor at Sacred Heart University, and conducts master classes worldwide. Ryerson, a Hartt School of Music graduate, studied with Harold Bennett and John Wion, and is a Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes.
Peter Sheridan is a creative performer, educator and passionate supporter of new music whom has commissioned over one hundred works for the low flutes. A native of New York City, he studied at the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia Performing Arts), Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard Preparatory Division. Further graduate studies were undertaken at London Goldsmith’s College and the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Sheridan currently lives in Melbourne Australia, and is a active Teaching Associate for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music-Monash University, where he is director the University Flute Ensemble.
Chris organized the first International Low Flutes Festival in 2018. She is an internationally recognized alto and bass flute expert and has performed in the UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada and many cities in the US. She directs a low flutes choir for the James Galway Festival in Switzerland and was the first chair of the National Flute Association’s Low Flutes Committee. Chris has commissioned and premiered many compositions for low flutes, including Matthias Ziegler’s Low Flutes at High Tides, Mike Mower’s Obstinato and Scareso and Katherine Hoover’s Two for Two. She has written many books for low flutes, including an award-winning Alto Flute Method and Bass Flute Method.
Japan Jazz Flute Big Band (JJFBB)
JJFBB has been formed by Yuko Hoshi (flutist) since 2015 as the first jazz flute big band in Japan. They play jazz standards and Japanese traditional songs that mixes jazz. JJFBB invited Ms. Ali Ryerson and had concerts and master classes in Tokyo in 2016.
Registration for the 2020 Festival is not yet open! Registration for the Festival will be $95 U.S.
When the time comes – fill out the Festival Registration Form which is not yet available. We are accepting proposals! Go to the Proposals tab.
- Email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pay the registration fee through the PayPal link
- Book your hotel room
See the Festival Registration page for links and more details.
Sakura Opening Low Flutes Choir & Farewell Low Flutes Choir
The Sakura Choir will be conducted by Paige Dashner Long. The Farewell Choir will be conducted by Hikaru Watanabe.
- The Choirs are open to all players
- The Sakura Choir rehearsal will be Thursday March 19th and the performance will be Friday, March 20th at 9 AM at the Festival’s opening event
- The Farewell Choir rehearsal will be Sunday, March 22nd around noon and the performance will be Sunday, March 22nd at the Festival’s closing event
To be part of either Flute Choir see the community choir section on the Festival Registration form when it becomes available and indicate which instrument you will be playing.
- Muramatsu Flutes
- Kotato & Fukushima Flutes
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