Cimmerian Isolation

Program Notes
A brooding duet for the self, “Cimmerian Isolation” finds meaning in the interplay between the sound of the flute and the performer’s own primal uttering. These two often separate entities interact with and are greatly accentuated by the addition of live electronics and extensive real-time processing. “Cimmerian” in this case references it’s definition as an adjective meaning “very dark or gloomy” and attempts to elicit imagery of a wealthy recluse living in cimmerian isolation in a decaying Victorian mansion, left only to themselves and descending into eventual madness.

Biographical Sketch
Nathaniel Haering is a masters student at Bowling Green State University studying with Dr. Elainie Lillios and Dr. Mikel Kuehn. He is deeply interested in the use of live electronics to expand the artistic capabilities of traditional instruments and augment their timbral horizons and range of expression. This perspective and fascination with timbral, gestural, and spectral development transfers directly to his purely acoustic work, often exploring juxtapositions of pitch and noise, virtuosity and striking vulnerability, and frequently delving into the beauty of many of the grittiest sounds found in-between the extremes of these continuums. His works have been performed by Grammy Award-winning Vietnamese performer Vân Ánh Võ, Ensemble Mise-En, Mivos Quartet, and Ensemble Dal Niente. His pieces have recently been featured at the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium in Toronto Canada, the SCI Student National Conference at Ball State University, SEAMUS 2016 Conference in Statesboro Georgia, Electronic Music Midwest in Kansas City, Root Signals electronic music festival in Jacksonville Florida, SPLICE institute in Kalamazoo Michigan, N_SEME at Louisiana State University, and NYCEMF in New York City.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Flor Cruz is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Performance at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC where she has served in the Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Conservatory Wind Symphony, and Conservatory Orchestra. She performs with Midwest Chamber Ensemble, a Kansas City organization dedicated to the performance of chamber orchestra and chamber ensemble music of the classical tradition and with the UMKC Composers’ Guild premiering chamber music. She holds a Double Major BA in Music Education and Music Performance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she served as principal in the Wind Symphony, Kingsville Chamber Orchestra, and Kingsville Symphony Orchestra. Flor participated in TAMUK Musical Connections, a service-learning project consisting of mixed chamber ensembles that give interactive performances in the Kingsville community. As flutist for Valledo Winds Woodwind Quintet, Flor participated in the 2013 Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival as an emerging artist. Flor was selected to be a counselor for the 2013 and 2014 New York Summer Music Festival where she worked with musicians including Steven Reineke, Joseph Silverstein, and Linda Chesis. In 2015, Flor was selected to be a counselor for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where she received assistantships in teaching and performing. In 2017, Flor was selected to perform in the OperaMaya International Summer Music Festival, an orchestral program in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

In January 2015 Flor attended the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association Convention as a co-presenter of a lecture entitled: It Takes a Village: How service learning projects in a small South Texas community have enriched academic, cultural and social development through music. In 2015, Flor was the winner of the TAMUK Orchestral Concerto Competition and was selected to perform in the National Flute Association Collegiate Choir where she worked with Greg Patillo and Project Trio. Flor was selected to perform and present in the 2016 National Flute Association Convention as part of the TAMUK Flute Choir and was a convention intern for the 2016 and 2017 National Flute Association Conventions. Flor’s principal teachers include Dr. Cristina Ballatori, Dr. Naomi Seidman, Dr. Elizabeth Janzen and Dr. Mary Posses. She has performed in master classes for chamber ensembles In Sterio and Imani Winds, flutists Leone Buyse, Zara Lawler, Susan Hayes, Rita Linard, Krista Jobson, Amy Porter, Linda Chesis, Bonnie Kim, Shelley Binder, Damarre McGill, Meg Griffith, Mariana Gariazzo, Kimberly Clark and teaching artist David Wallace.