Robert Dick

Robert Dick is an artist who has redefined the flute, despite having deep roots in both classical and jazz music. Robert Dick is a world-renowned artist who has created revolutionary ideas about the flute’s musical roles. He can be heard solo and it can be compared to listening to a full orchestra. His performances typically include flute (with his invention, the Glissando Headjoint(r))piccolo, alto flute, and bass flutes in C and F. On special occasions, he’ll bring out the giant, stand-up contrabass flute. Current performances include: SOLO RECITALS, original compositions for flutes, compiled from Dick’s thirty-years of music-making – repertoire includes the classic Afterlight, the speed-metal intensity and the speed-metal Sonatas of Satan. KING CHUBBY: concert with the “ambient/overdrive group KING CHUBBY,” with Ed Bialek on keyboards and samplers. Will Ryan plays handmade instruments and chanting. DUO PERFORMANCESHAN, santur, voice and improvisations in middle-easian and Indian modalities. He has a B.A. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, and an M.M. The Yale School of Music offers a master’s degree in composition. Robert Dick, a classical composer, is one of two Americans to have been awarded both a Composers Fellowship (twice), and a Solo Recitalist Grant from the N.E.A. Guggenheim Fellowship, commissions from Fromm Music Foundation and Mary Flagler Cary Trust, as well as the Jerome Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation and Mary Flagler Cary Trust, Dick has also received commissions from the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Philharmonie of Zurich and many other organizations. Dick performed his Concerto for Flute/Bass Flute strings and Percussion at the 1999 National Flute Association Convention. Nearly two thousand flutists listened to his performance, and gave him a standing ovation. The New York Times described his concerto as “riveting” in its timbral variety, and “brilliant in Mr. Dick’s playing” at the premiere at Town Hall in New York City. All current compositional projects were commissioned by the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth and the New Century Saxophone Quartet. They also commissioned works for the flutists Elizabeth McNutt (a work to amplified flute) as well as the flute duo Jun Kubo and Jun Kubo (a work for flute). Robert Dick is a respected masterclass teacher in flute. He has been a resident at hundreds of colleges, universities and conservatories across the US, Europe and Asia. His performances and teaching abroad will take Dick to Mexico, Kosovo, Denmark, Switzerland and Switzerland in 2004-05. He will be giving masterclasses in the USA this year. Robert Dick also holds extended residencies in universities and music schools. Students are able to get in-depth instruction and follow-up during a class of five or ten days. He used five days of residency at Chicago’s DePaul University to create a new flute class. He taught basic improvisation as well as extended flute techniques. The class was also presented his Transdimensional Loan Library in concert. Students commented, “You have opened up a whole new world for me”, “This week will help grow us in 21st-century music” and “I can’t thank you enough for what you do with the flute and sharing that with us and the rest of the world.” Transdimensional Lending Library is customizable to fit the needs of all flute classes. Dick is a major musician with over 20 CDs of original solo or chamber music and collaborations with other creative musicians such as King Chubby, the Ambient/Overdrive band King Chubby. Other CDs include music by Telemann (the Fantasies only for flute) and Jimi Hendrix. Recent releases include King Chubby’s IS and Columns of Air, duos with multi-instrumentalist and virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier. Dick is an improvisor and has recorded and performed with New Winds. Tambastics. Oscura Luminosa. Soldier String Quartet. The A.D.D. Trio, Paul Giger, Satoshi Takeishi and Jaron Lanier; Randy Raine-Reush, Barry Guy and Barry Guy; Mari Kimura, Steve Gorn, and many other of Europe’s and America’s top improvisers. He has collaborated with many musicians over the past three decades, including Georg Grawe and Evan Parker, Georg Grawe and Shelley Hirsch as well as John Zorn, Shelley Hirsch, Shelley Hirsch and Shelley Hirsch. Robert Dick has a multifaceted musical career that includes the design of the flute. Brannen Brothers Flutemakers makes his invention, the “Glissando Headjoint”, that does for the flute what a “whammy bar”, does for an electric guitar. Dick plays a modified version of their Kingma-System flute, which Brannen made for him. The flute opens up a world of musical possibilities, and many of Dick’s latest compositions take advantage of these new possibilities. Emerson Musical Instruments also produces the Robert Dick Model bass fiddle. Dick has a close relationship with Emerson. This bass flute is used by Dick in concert alongside the Brannen. It has a strong, rich-toned, but modestly priced goal. Dick has published a number of seminal works on contemporary flutes, including The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques, Tone Development through Extended Techniques, Circular Breathing For the Flutist, and Flying Lessons. Six Contemporary Concert Etudes (Volumes 1 and II). Translations are available in German (Zimmermann), Dutch, Molenaar), Italian(Ricordi), Spanish (Mundi Musica) These books are considered the standard for contemporary flute technique. From

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