Timothy Page – Shanna Gutierrez (bass flute)
Composer: Timothy Page; Bass Flute: Shanna Gutierrez
Recorded live as part of the Project Incubator concert at Constellation Chicago, May 10, 2015
Composer’s Notes: Spindle is an exploration of some of the timbral, registral, and microtonal possibilities afforded by the Kingma open-hole system for bass flute. The axis of the work is a harmonic chaconne embedded in two overlapping rhythmic cycles of different length. Over the course of the piece the musics associated with each cycle trade properties, and ultimately lose track of time.
About the Artists
After a brief career in physics, Timothy Page left the U.S. for Finland to study composition with Veli-Matti Puumala at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. He wound up putting down roots, firmly establishing himself in the Nordic contemporary music scene with performances and commissions throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Page has represented Finland around the world in festivals such as Ung Nordisk Music, Nordic Music Days, ISCM, NYCEMF, and ICMC, and has also lectured in music theory at the Sibelius Academy. In 2013 he returned to Chicago to commence a PhD program in composition at University of Chicago, where he has studied with Augusta Read Thomas and Anthony Cheung.
As a specialist in contemporary performance practice and techniques, flutist Shanna Gutierrez is dedicated to promoting and advancing contemporary music in cultural life today through innovative performances and educational projects. She appears throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, clinician, and in various chamber collaborations, including Collect/Project and Sonic Hedgehog. She has performed as a guest with the Collegium Novum Zürich, ensemble interface, ensemble TZARA, and Fonema Consort, in addition to concerts and residencies in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia, and United Kingdom. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her performances including, prizes at the Stockhausen Courses, the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, and a NewMusicUSA project grant. She was a founding member of Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente, with whom she received the 2012 Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation. Premieres and performances of pieces written specifically for her have led to appearances at such festivals as the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sonic Fusion Festival, Darmstadt New Music Courses, BEAMS Marathon, and Omaha Under the Radar. As the founder of Sonic Sculptures: A Journey in Sound, Shanna presents concerts and workshops on contemporary flute music and techniques throughout the US and abroad. Currently, she is collaborating with flutist Matthias Ziegler in Zürich on a new comprehensive online instructional resource on extended techniques and contemporary flute repertoire for flutists and composers to be launched this spring. She performs on a Burkart flute and open-hole piccolo and Kingma open-hole bass and alto flutes.