For the finale concert of Monday Evening Concert‘s 79th season, we offer a pairing of rarely performed works by the American mavericks Meredith Monk and Julius Eastman. Eastman’s Femenine was described by the New York Times as “a longing, tender, grandly unruffled 70-minute masterpiece that takes its place at the pinnacle of the Eastman works that have survived,” and Monk’s storied career as a vocalist, composer, dancer, choreographer and filmmaker has influenced luminaries from Bruce Nauman to Jean-Luc Godard. The towering pianists Ursula Oppens and Gloria Cheng join us to present selections from Monk’s solo and duo piano catalogue. Eastman and Monk, who were colleagues in real life, are reunited in spirit in our season finale.
Flutronix is Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, two blazing young flutists who are “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.” (MTV Iggy) The duo will present an evening of their signature urban art pop sound, featuring original works for flute, voice, electronics and live drums, best described as “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal).
The program will also feature a preview of Discourse, Flutronix’s latest evening-length performance project being developed in residence at UNC Chapel Hill, which uses artistic initiative as an impetus to engage communities in conversation with one another and ignite social change. Flutronix will be joined by acclaimed drummer and Queens, NY native Joe Blaxx, known for his work with iconic artists including Stevie Wonder, R&B sensation Bilal, legendary hip-hop producer Ski Beatz, and jazz trumpeter Maurice Brown.
This performance is a Carolina Performing Arts commission.
The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry invites you to our second FarBar program, a live conversation about storytelling with three acclaimed practitioners. Widely known as a Grammy-nominated flutist, composer, and vocalist, Nathalie Joachim brings voices and personal stories to vibrant life in her recent immersive musical performance “Discourse,” in Chapel Hill, NC. Emily Lansana is a 20-year veteran of professional storytelling, one half of the nationally touring duo In The Spirit, and a longtime member of ASE, the Chicago Association of Black Storytellers. Jacqueline Stewart is the founder and director of the South Side Home Movie Project, as well as a UChicago professor of Cinema & Media Studies and director of Arts + Public Life. Each guest will share her storytelling practice, followed by a discussion exploring their intersections and differences and considering implications for collaboration. Viewers will be invited to pose questions and join the conversation.
Join us for the fourth episode of The Spark with Tift Merritt, featuring Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull of Flutronix. In this livestreamed series, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and UNC alumna Tift Merritt returns to Carolina Performing Arts to take us behind the scenes in artist-to-artist video interviews that delve deep into the creative process. On December 17, Tift will sit down with Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull of Flutronix, ingenious composers, musicians, and vocalists whose original works for flute, voice, electronics, and live drums feature their signature art pop sound.