Monday, August 28, 2006

New Fluteloops Radio Show

Dear Fluters,

I recorded a new flute radio show today:


Episode One is 15 minutes in length, has interviews, insights and flute sound clips from gorgeous repertoire and CDs, and deep flutey thoughts on practicing, warmups, and what it's like to LOVE sitting in the center of an orchestra.
There are out-takes too. We really have fun, and, yes, it's a bit hilarious!!!
Please go to the Fluteloops page, and download or stream the mp3 there (Any kind of media player will play a 13 MB mp3), and then tell me if you laughed and maybe even shed a nascent tear or two at the very end of the show.
Nathan Zalman, a flute professor and performer and I had a great time making the show, and I really want feedback on how you enjoyed it.
Come back and comment if you like. :>)

Correction: Composer Gareth Farr is from New Zealand, not Australia. Apologies for mistakenly saying on the mp3 otherwise. :>)
Jen Cluff
Comments (7)
Blogger jen said...

Dear Barbara,
Thankyou so very very much!!
I LOVE getting comments!
Did you know I live in a small cabin in the middle of the rainforest?
The fact that I can talk to people from all over the world, and laugh, and share, and talk about our passions, and our similar sobbing at various pieces (I wonder how many of us there are that sob at the same pieces?!) is just marvellous!!!

You are so kind.
Love to hear more from you.
Feel free to discuss whatever you like, and send more ideas for future shows.
Nathan emailed this morning and said he'd very much like to continue making shows like this, which is great, because we both laugh at the same things, and, like you and I, has discovered many of the same things about a life of practising and performing.
So thanks!!!
Looking forward to hearing from you again.
Jen :>)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:21:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

The link to the Rhonda Larson website "Fruits of our Labours" on the main Fluteloops page has the added bonus of offering the sheetmusic for those pieces too!!
They are all super marvy.
Very challenging too.
She's a wonder for conceiving of them, and for publishing them too.
You'll enjoy her CD(s).
Jen :>)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:23:00 AM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Barbara,

"Movin On" by Rhonda Larson is one tricky bit of playing.
Of the six or more pieces offered on her website (also avail. at I believe) I would say that "Moving On" is the hardest.
Parts of it just flow under the fingers, but others take weeks of work; esp. at the speed she plays it on her album!! Eeeek!!!!

Very similar (and also able to be played with or without accomp.) is Lughnasa (sp?).
It's VERY similar and alot easier.
I would rate "Movin' On" as above grade 10 using the Canadian exam system (grades I to X, and then A.R.C.T. which is grade XI or XII!!), and Lughnasa as grade 9/10.
So if you don't want to have an apoplectic seizure, then try Lughnasa first.
The webpage where there are soundclips of these pieces, plus CDs and sheetmusic is Rhonda Larson's own page online. Use google, or use the link provided at:


Tuesday, August 29, 2006 3:26:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Hi Maggie,

Yes, it's actually a very good thing when your own loving teacher says: "You should move on now to a more advanced teacher"; it feels emotionally hard, and we all get a bit anxious, but the new things you will learn, and the new perspective etc. will be fabulous (with any luck.)
Thanks so much for your uplifting comment here.
Really appreciate that you're actually able to listen to these goofy presentations more than once!!! :>)
That makes me think the hilarity (which comes very naturally) is worth keeping! :>)
all the best, and keep us up on how your new lessons turn out.
Jen :>)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 3:29:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Hi again.

The link to buying Larson's music (and hearing mp3s) is at:


Tuesday, August 29, 2006 3:31:00 PM

Blogger Rachel S said...

Hi Jen,

I found your website yesterday and have spent quite a bit of time here now! :-) Listened to your show, and I really enjoyed it. Your entire site is so friendly and helpful. What a great find!

I played through high school and some in college, and then for some reason just sort of stopped. I recently decided to make it a priority, and I'm loving practicing so much that I'm not sure why I ever put my flute down. Now I can listen to flutists and classical music again without feeling remorse or sadness, knowing I'm using my talents. :-)

Thanks so much for your site. Can't wait to poke around more!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 11:19:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Thanks Rachel.
I love to hear about folks taking the flute up again, and loving it as much as ever....that's part of the glory of playing music; it's always fabulous to re-immerse yourself! No matter how long you've been away.
Jen :>)

Wednesday, August 30, 2006 11:30:00 PM


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