Throughout an illustrious career as a performer and educator, flutist Alexa Still has been widely praised for her technical prowess and her gift of making even the most challenging works sound effortless. On the world-premiere recording of House Music (Flute Concerto), Still is reunited with her dear friend and former colleague, celebrated Australian composer Matthew Hindson. Written in 2006, House Music is a four-movement flute concerto occupying the intersection of contemporary art music and electronic techno dance music. Hindson playfully illustrates the double meaning of “House Music” in the concerto’s movement titles—Kitchen, Garage, Workshop, Foyer, Lounge, etc.—as well as the inspiration he found in techno rhythm, harmony, and structure. Still’s extended techniques on the flute bring these electronic and acoustic sound worlds together as Hindson’s response to contemporary society and culture. Distributed by Naxos of America, House Music (Flute Concerto) is available through digital music channels worldwide. Oberlin Music is the official recording label of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Learn more at ABOUT THIS RELEASE: A native of New Zealand, Alexa Still is associate professor of flute at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. House Music (Flute Concerto) was first performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006. That same year, Matthew Hindson was made a member of the Order of Australia for his contributions to music education and composition. This recording features the Oberlin Orchestra under the direction of Raphael Jiménez.
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House Music (Flute Concerto)
Alexa Still, flute
Audio Sample: III. Lounge