photo by Erin Patrice O’Brien
Flutronix, a critically acclaimed flute duo comprised of Nathalie Joachim and Allison
Loggins-Hull, have released the first video — directed by Jun Oshima — from their sophomore long player 2.0 , a slinky/sly re-imagining of “Sweet Dreams,” the Eurythmics’ classic. I hope you’ll enjoy it and if appropriate, post it.
2.0 was co-produced by Joachim and Loggins-Hull with Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu) of Studio G Brooklyn. One featured track was produced by legendary hip hop producer Ski Beatz. Guest artists include drummer Joe Blaxx and the Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC, Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director; Jenny Clarke, Executive Director. The new album is being released April 8 on their own Flutronix Records label. I’m hoping you’ll consider covering via feature or album review. Let me know if you need the music.
2.0 boasts a seductive but provocative range of styles from sensuous Neo-Soul to tracks that blend EDM with its serial-music roots – all prominently but tastefully featuring these ladies’ fleet, sweet flute work. Describing “Life Lines” Joachim says: I wrote this for the people in my life who keep me moving forward. The perpetual rhythmic motion and the way the melodic lines of the flutes lean on, lead and carry one another throughout the piece is representative of the support I’ve been lucky enough to receive over the years. ”
Meanwhile, Allison notes, “‘Type Writer’ is a response to those that judge and stereotype, the people who think they know you, but have no idea. It’s about staying focused, moving forward, and doing your own thing.” Nathalie explains “She Is” this way: “Working with the Melodia Women’s Choir on this piece was both experimental and organic. In addition to capturing their classic choral sound (as heard in the opening), we had them record several abstract concepts emphasizing texture. The result was the gorgeous and almost otherworldly sea of voices you hear towards the end of the piece–a true depiction of the ‘strong, stoic and complex’ woman that is the song’s subject.” “Often in music, the flute is used to represent birds,” points out Loggins-Samuels. “‘Flock’ is a rhythmic homage to the birdlike nature of the flute and nods to minimalist composer Steve Reich and his piece for multiple flutes, Vermont Counterpoint. Drummer Joe Blaxx adds a special flare that captures the energy and intensity of the song.”
Their multiple roles as composers, performers and producers have moved them to collaborate with artists and ensembles from different realms and disciplines, including electronic music sensation Dan Deacon, hip-hop producer Ski Beatz and conductor/composer Pierre Boulez’s International Contemporary Ensemble. In recent years, they’ve garnered some great critical notices:
“…a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” – Tad Hendrickson , The Wall Street Journal
“If you’re ever in need of an energy boost, take a shot of Brooklyn-based cutting-edge doublet Flutronix. Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, formally trained musicians, are redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.” – Richardine Bartee, MTVIggy.com
“Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull are both accomplished players of the instrument in their own right, but together as Flutronix the duo conjures something special.” – Alexander Abnos, WNYC Gig Alert
“Joachim and Loggins-Hull’s success here lies in the duo’s impressive timbral coordination of acoustic flute with the inherent polish of synthetic sounds – no simple achievement.” – Doyle Armbrust, Time Out Chicago
Nathalie and Allison knew they had to master and manage every aspect of their work — from music, publishing and business interests to sharing their hard-earned knowledge and experience – in order to achieve success on their terms. Flutronix publishes its own work and hosts an online web series, Real Flutists, which presents iconic flutists from all walks of music in an informal interview format where they share their insights directly with viewers. Much sought after as clinicians and educators, Flutronix has presented and lectured for the Juilliard School, the University of Wisconsin, the New York Flute Club, the Atlanta Flute Club and other institutions across the country. Flutronix also presents on-site workshops for university students to develop their confidence, know-how and awareness in developing and sustaining a music career in the 21st century. They teach musical workshops for grades K – 12 using guided discussion and live examples to demonstrate non-traditional performance techniques, including improvisation, sampling, extended range polyphonics and integration of electronics and surroundings.
Flutronix has gained traction and a growing fan base through performances at WNYC’s Greenespace, the Brooklyn Museum and 92Y Tribeca, and the duo produce an ongoing collaborative new music series, Flutronix and Friends. Their eponymous debut album was co-produced by Flutronix and Steven Berson and was released in 2010 to critical kudos. Their original compositions, described by NewMusicBox as “equally indebted to and comfortable in several musical lineages,” navigate a shared landscape of experimental and contemporary music combining acoustic and electronic elements.
Ms. Joachim has commissioned, performed and recorded with some of today’s most exciting artists of varying genres including the NOW Ensemble, Argento and Miguel Zenon, and appears on Zenon’s Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook (released in 2011 by Marsalis Music), which received a Grammy nomination for best large jazz ensemble recording. She is also a pricipal member of the SYZYGY New Music Collective. As an educator, she maintains an active private teaching studio, has taught at the Third Street Music Settlement, and has been presented as a lecturer and panelist by The Juilliard School. Ms. Joachim holds a bachelor’s degree in flute music performance from The Juilliard School where she studied under the direction of Carol Wincenc. She received a master’s degree in media and sound studies from The New School where her focus was audio production and sound design.
Ms. Loggins-Hull has performed at renowned concert stages including Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Town Hall, CAMI Hall and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. She has collaborated with distinguished soloists including bassist Edgar Meyer, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, violist Jesse Levine, violinist Daniel Philips and ensembles including Opera Noire, the Martina Arroyo Foundation Orchestra and the Iktus Percussion Quartet. Allison earned a MA in composition at New York University where she studied with Joan la Barbara. She earned her BM in music performance at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Tara Helen O’Connor. Her earliest teachers were Melissa Sweet and Mary Barto.
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