New York, NY
Flute Force is America's foremost flute quartet, "Four top-quality players in a perfectly balanced and expressive ensemble." (Musical America) For their new innova release, eyewitness, they are joined by radio personality and author, Garrison Keillor, reading poems of Steven Crane, and the noted Meridian String Quartet.
Flute Force presents five recent works, three of them composed by flutist-composers Elizabeth Brown, Robert Dick, and Gary Schocker, who use their first-hand knowledge of the instrument to create new and unusual sounds. Eyewitness combines virtuosic playing with a variety of compelling compositions and serves as a superior introduction to a little-known genre.
"The fearless foursome of female flautists has put together an appealing survey of broad ranging works by contemporary American composers. The majority of works are tonal, though deliciously kaleidoscopic in their twists of harmony and direction. By contrast, Robert Dick's 'Eyewitness' takes the known features of the familiar wond instrument and explodes them into hyperspace. [Brown] has a cinematic quality about it. It is music with a sense of humor but also a painterly way of setting place and mood. In texture and sheer quality, the work is on a par with flute ensemble pieces by French baroque composers Boismortier, and that is extremely high praise. [Dick] Both the music and the performances are superhuman, making for unforgettable listening experience." - Daniel Buckley