2013 Festival Presenters

John Barcellona and Christopher Caliendo, LAFG Artists in Residence
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The Caliendo Barcellona Flute Guitar Duo performs the original world music of composer/guitarist, Christopher Caliendo.

Tango, gypsy, farandula, flamenco, Jazz, classical, samba, bossa nova and milonga styles blend themselves into a thrilling celebration of world music synthesis.

Telling the story behind the music is an essential aspect of a Caliendo Barcellona recital. Audiences revel from the added insight provided by the composer.
From the deepest pathos to the summit of wonder, join this preeminent flute/guitar duo and experience a warmth of friendship and compassion of artistry that continues to contribute to their ongoing popularity and appreciation.

The CD, Caliendo Hits Vol. 1, features ten of Christopher’s best selling titles with flutist Dr. John Barcellona and cellist, Ian Flatt.

John Barcellona is Professor of Flute and Director of Woodwind Studies at the Cole Conservatory of Music, California State University Long Beach and has been a Murumatsu artist for over 25 years.

Christopher Caliendo is the only composer in Vatican history twice commissioned by Pope John Paul II, has received the Heritage Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures twice for his original sound tracks for 20th Century Fox, was the requested performer for Bob Hope’s 90th birthday and is endorsed by Kevin Ryan Guitars.


Christopher Lee, Guest Altus Artist

Chris_final_003crpRecognised for his interpretive ability, wide-ranging tone colour and expressive playing, Altus Artist Christopher Lee is a laureate of the 2007 AGIMUS International Competition, Italy.

“From the first note I knew you have what I search for in the flute – originality, creativity and a subtle sense of humour with all the technique to go with it!”  –  Dr.Atarah Ben-Tovim, former Principal Flute Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
“His dazzling technique on Tico Tico and Caliendo’s Caliente come across as all the more amazing when contrasted with the subtle tones of such works as Ponce’s Estrellita.”  – “an amazing spectrum of tonal colours”  –  Wholenote Magazine

“Great sound and fantastic character, you really had us eating out of your hand!”  – Dr.Michelle Cheramy, flute professor Memorial University

Chris is currently Principal Flute of the Toronto Philharmonia, an orchestra he joined in 1991. From 1988 to 1991 he was Principal Flute of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada with whom he toured and recorded. From 1994 to 2007 he also performed with the Huntsville Festival Symphony at the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

Chris has performed with numerous orchestras including the Windsor Symphony, Hamilton Ballet Orchestra, Sinfonia Toronto, Canadian Sinfonietta, the touring orchestra of “Scotland the Brave”, the Grand Salon Orchestra, the Ontario Philhamonic and Kingston Symphony.

Chris performs on the handmade Altus Flute by Suichi Tanaka. His baroque flute is a 1796 Grenser copy made by Boaz Berney.

Bryan Pezzone, Festival Accompanist

Bryan Pezzone is the consummate cross-over pianist of his generation. He excels in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is well known for his versatility and virtuosity as a recording and performing artist, improviser and composer. Bryan is the pianist on most all of the cartoons released by Warner Brothers and Disney, he was the principal pianist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991 through 1999, and recieved a rare on-screen credit for his performance on the soundtrack of “The Game” starring Michael Douglas. His workshops on his comprehensive approach to improvisation are frequently requested and he is a consulting editor for the well-known publication “Piano and Keyboard.”

As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, Santa Clarita Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony.

His passion remains the focus of his work and continues to evolve in Bryan’s own concerts called “Freedom Series” an eclectic blend of Bryan’s compositions and improvisations mixed with personal musings on life and inspiration. Bryan’s unique approach is a hybrid genre that is meant to both affect his audience emotionally through music as well as provide a gateway for more inspired living and attention to imagination long after the music has ended.

Bryan’s recordings include the chamber works of John Briggs, “Settings” by Mel Powell, works of John Harbison and John Cage, oboe soloist Allan Vogel (Delos), trombonist William Booth and many more vocalists and instrumentalists. Bryan’s own CDs include “Flying on Water” produced by Steve Wight and featuring M.B. Gordy on drums and Bart Samolis on bass, “Towards” produced by Prescriptive Music, “Intimate Themes and Interludes”, and “Piano Prayers “blending jazz and classical styles with Bryan’s own improvisations.

Cynthia Ellis, Solo Piccolo Pacific Symphony

110_Prasad_Ellis090730_86-3“Flutist Cynthia Ellis…brought moments of silken ensemble and gathering excitement
to Debussy’s 1916 Sonata…” Los Angeles Times, March 1993
(In review of Pacific Symphony Chamber Concert Series)
“The playing is highly skilled and full of energy. Devotion to great music making is readily apparent” American Record Guide Review 2006
(In review of Beyond Beethoven: 20th Century Chamber Music)

Flutist Cynthia Bueker Ellis is a member of the Pacific Symphony, playing solo piccolo since 1979. Her performance credits also include Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Pasadena Chamber Orchestra and the Cabrillo Music Festival in Santa Cruz, California. She has also served as the principal flutist for touring ballet companies on their Orange County stopsincluding the Royal Ballet of London, American Ballet Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and the San Francisco Ballet. In January of 1995, she was appointed Principal Flutist with the Opera Pacific Orchestra, a position she held until the company’s closing in 2009. She has recorded with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as well as on several major motion picture and cartoon soundtracks.

Music education is an important facet of Cindy’s career. She served as instructor of flute at California State University at Fullerton, where she held a lectureship position and coached chamber music from 1985 to 2011. In October 2003, Ms. Ellis performed the world premiere of Stephen Maphar’s Sonata for Flute, Wind Ensemble and Women’s Choir, “The Celestial”, at CSUF. In addition, Cindy is an instructor for Pacific Symphony’s nationally recognized “Class Act” education and outreach program. She is a member of the Music Teachers Association of California, Mu Phi Epsilon, and the National Flute Association Pedagogy Committee. She was the Program Chair for the NFA’s annual convention held in Anaheim, CA, in 2010. In 2011, she was named Music Director of the Laguna Flutes, a 25 member flute ensemble which concertizes throughout Orange County. Cindy is currently on faculty at Hope International University and is looking forward to a summer residency at the International Piccolo Symposium in Omaha, Nebraska.


Paul Fried

Paul_Fried_01, 2013Paul Fried has long been regarded as one of America’s foremost flutists and is noted for his beautiful sound. The Los Angeles Times has described his playing as ” masterful”. The Santa Barbara News Press recently described his playing as ” absolutely stunning”. Paul began his studies with his father Milton Fried and then at the age of eight, he began studying with the world-renowned flutist Julius Baker on a full scholarship at the Juilliard Preparatory School. He was offered his first orchestral position in 1965 with the Utah Symphony at the age of 16 under Maurice Abravanel. He, however, declined so to enter the Juilliard School, for B.M. degree studies on scholarship for continued study with Julius Baker. Fried also studied with Eugene Foster of the Utah Symphony and Marcel Moyse, the famed French flute virtuoso and teacher.

Fried currently lives in Los Angeles where he has been Solo Flutist of the New West Symphony for the last 15 years. He often performs as Solo Flutist with the California Philharmonic and the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. His most recent solo performances with the New West Symphony include Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp, Telemann’s Suite in A Minor, as well as the Bright Sheng flute concerto, Flute Moon. More recent New West Symphony concerto soloist appearances have included CPE Bach’s Flute Concerto in A minor (January 2008), and Il Gardellino Concerto of Vivaldi (April 2009). An active studio musician, Fried has recorded over 200 movie and television scores, including most of the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard scores, Robin Hood, Ice Age, Hoffa, Monster in Law, Anastasia, the Cat in the Hat, The Grass Harp, the Spirit, and many others. His recording of the Mozart Flute Quartets was used as source music in the movie, Bride Wars.

Paul continues to teach, tour, perform and collaborate with musicians in the United States, China and Japan. In August 2004 he was the featured American performer and teacher at the first-ever Chinese Flute Convention held in Shenyang, China. In November 2005, he performed concerts in Tokyo and Osaka with Japanese Flutist Nobutaka Shimizu and pianist/composer Jean-Michel Damase. Paul Fried currently has ten solo recordings: three are easy listening cds on the Simplicity Records label, and six classical recordings on Fried’s label, Golden Tone Records. The remaining recording is Paul’s arrangement and performance of the Vivaldi Four Seasons on the Music Minus One label. His newest, soon-to-be-released recording, Virtuoso Flute Trios, features him with flutist Alan Weiss and pianist Bryan Pezzone performing works of Mendelssohn, Doppler, JS Bach, and Kuhlau. www.paulfriedflute.com

Suzanne Duffy

Duffy, Suzanne_PRINT, photo credit, Melissa Musgrove Photography

Suzanne Duffy, flutist, is an active orchestra, chamber music and studio teacher
throughout the greater Santa Barbara area. Second flute/piccolo for the Opera Santa Barbara orchestra, she has performed with the Opera San Luis Obispo, Palm Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Florida West Coast Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony and was a four-season member of the Miami-based New World Symphony, Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas.

In January 2012, Ms. Duffy presented recitals in Paris and Domfront, France and in August
2011 was chosen as one of six Convention Performers for the National Flute Association Convention in Charlotte, NC. In the course of this last two years, she’s performed several recitals a season on the “Music at Trinity” Series (Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, Ca), and for the Santa Barbara Music Club (for which she is also Chair of the Scholarship Committee). On February 17, 2013, Suzanne with be next performing on the “Music at Trinity” Community Series, with Christopher Davis at the piano, and Paul Fried, Principal Flutist, New West Symphony also collaborating.

An MTAC member, Suzanne leads a successful private flute studio in Santa Barbara and
participates in the Certificate of Merit program. She has held teaching positions in flute at Indiana and Indiana State Universities; and in introductory music theory while at the State Univerisity of New York at Stony Brook. She also has a diverse music administration resumé, from publicity to concert production work, with symphonies, ballet companies, and chamber music organizations.

Ms. Duffy holds flute performance degrees from Northwestern and Indiana Universities as well as additional post-graduate studies at SUNY- Stony Brook. Her major teachers have included Carol Wincenc, Peter Lloyd, Walfrid Kujala, Sam Baron, and master classes with the late Geoffrey Gilbert.

Christopher Davis, Pianist

Chris Davis, b_wChristopher Davis has been a prizewinner of numerous competitions, including the Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, the San Diego Symphony Young Artist Competition, the California Young Artists Competition in Escondido, and the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition.  Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2008 to commence graduate work in piano performance at UC-Santa Barbara as a student of Paul Berkowitz and Robert Koenig, Chris has also immersed himself in the wider music community.  At UC-Santa Barbara, he is a teaching assistant of both theory and piano lessons and works as an audio technician in the music library.  A house manager for the Music Academy of the West since 2009, Chris is also the production associate for Camerata Pacifica and has collaborated independently with violinist Catherine Leonard, violist Richard O’Neill, and cellist Ani Aznavoorian.


Eileen Troberman, Alexander Technique

eileen_ivyHow well you use your body effects how well you play the flute.  Awaken an effortless coordination to bring out your natural abilities and skills.  By learning about a few common habits and how to undo them you can prevent and relieve pain and discomfort, gain knowledge that can be used for a lifetime of improvement and unleash the performer within!  Feel great and perform better.
Come, bring your flute and learn how to tune your primary instrument (your brain/body) for peak performance.
Some examples of of ideas from the Alexander Technique can be seen on my website video page.  “Using the Arms with Ease and Effectiveness” and “Effortless Deep Breathing” are two short videos on my website www.alexandertechniquesandiego.com/video.html that you can watch to learn a little more about natural coordination.
Dr. Rik Noyce, Loyola Marymount University
bio-rik-noyceBorn and raised outside Boston, Massachusetts, Rik Noyce began his musical studies at the New England Conservatory of Music moving on to study at the Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut. At Hartt, Rik  received his degree as Bachelor of Music in Performance, cum laude. After completion of this degree, he remained at Hartt, working toward his Artist Diploma, when a full talent scholarship brought him to southern California. Rik holds a Master of Music Degree in Performance, with highest distinction, from California State University, Northridge, where he has also served as a member of the music faculty. Rik was an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas while simultaneously completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He is presently a freelance musician and private instructor in the Los Angeles area, and a founding member of the Nicolas 3 chamber ensemble with Philip Allen Smith, Conservator of the Organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Additionally, he is a certified life coach, specializing in coaching performing artists.An advocate of contemporary composition, Rik has premiered several new works in the recent past, including several pieces specifically composed for him. He has held principal chair positions for several symphony and opera orchestras, as well as wind symphonies. Rik has performed extensively on both coasts and in Europe working with many community and professional ensembles. Naming but a few: the Prague Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Opera a la Carte, Los Angeles Choral Artists, Santa Barbara Symphony, Pasadena Pops, Pacific Pops, Torrance Symphony and as special guest soloist with the St. Matthew Chamber Orchestra. He may also be heard on several recordings including those for Oregon Catholic Press and several recordings with Shelly Cohen, former Assistant Musical Director of Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.”The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra

LAFO 2012 Concert

The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra (LAFO), founded in 1999, is a professional ensemble comprised of Los Angeles based flutists. The LAFO has become one of the most recognizable flute choirs in the Los Angeles area, performing at venues ranging from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Disney Hall – Redcat Theater, to the Palos Verdes South Coast Botanical Gardens and the Santa Monica Pier. The group has also been a featured flute choir at recent National Flute Association Conventions in Las Vegas and Anaheim. With a versatile and unique instrumentation featuring the entire flute family including some of the largest flutes in the world, as well as unique ethnic instruments, LAFO’s style covers the full spectrum from baroque and classical favorites, to jazz, pop, contemporary and world music. The group is dedicated to the performance of original works and often collaborates with, and premieres works by local and contemporary composers. Whether on the concert stage, in the park, in the sanctuary, or at a private event, the group will present both original and traditional music heard nowhere else.

Pacific Flute Ensemble, directed by Darrin Thaves

PFEThe Pacific Flute Ensemble is a group based in Long Beach, CA and has been performing together for thirteen years. Comprised of students from seventh grade to retirement, the group rehearses weekly and performs three concerts series each season. The PFE has been featured in performances at three National Flute Conventions and who’s members have performed in the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir, Collegiate Flute Choir, and High School Flute Choir. The group is directed by Darrin Thaves and Renee Bhatia.

Darrin Thaves is Instructor of Flute at California State University, Long Beach, is Principal Flute with the Northwest Sinfonietta, and co-director of the Long Beach Flute Institute. He has been featured on the 2nd City Chamber Music Series, P.U.M.A Series, Tacoma Art Museum Chamber Music Series, and performed at the National Flute Convention on numerous occasions.He was a featured performer at the 2010 World Harp Congress and was the winner of the 2005 National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition and the 2000 Seattle Ladies Music Club Young Artist Competition.

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