Vocalist, composer, and flutist extraordinaire Nathalie Joachim talks about her upcoming set on Resonant Bodies Festival in Chicago on April 8, 2018 at Constellation. In addition to bringing her work as vocalist/composer/flutist on stage together, Nathalie’s project for ResBod, Fanm d’Aiti, is a deep exploration of her own identity as a Haitian women, and “an attempt to celebrate the women of Haitian song and to explore their individual stories as they relate to Afro-Caribbean culture, society, history and music, by giving them a long deserved international platform.” For more information about Nathalie and links to music and topics discussed on this episode, please visit our Show Notes!
Nathalie Joachim is “an edgy multi- genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute”. (The Washington Post) Critics hail the Brooklyn born Haitian-American for creating “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) Ms. Joachim regularly combines her exceptional performance skill as a flutist with her creative talents as a composer, producer and singer, navigating genres ranging from classical and jazz to indie-rock and electronic. She was recently appointed flutist of the four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble, Eighth Blackbird. Joachim is also co- founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known best for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”(MTV Iggy)
Ms. Joachim has performed and recorded with an impressive range of today’s most exciting artists and ensembles including Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Richard Reed Parry, Dan Deacon, Center for Contemporary Opera and The Lone Bellow. Her original compositions have been broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Q2, J-Wave, Tokyo FM, FM Yokohama and more. In addition, Ms. Joachim has been featured in television segments on SNL, Late Show with David Letterman, Telemundo, BK Live and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN super bowl commercial.
As a composer, Joachim has acquired a number of notable commissions for dance, instrumentalists and interdisciplinary theater, each featuring her signature electroacoustic style. Upcoming premieres include Fanm d’Ayiti, an evening-length work for flute, voice, string quartet and electronics, commissioned by and developed in residency through St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series (2018). Other recent projects include Land Bridge, an evening-length score for Helen Simoneau Danse (2016) funded by New Music USA; Ulysses in 3, a collaboration with renowned jazz drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. as part of Park Avenue Armory’s Under Construction residency program (2015); and Dam Mwen Yo for solo cello and processed field recordings written for Amanda Gookin of PUBLIQuartet as part of her Forward Music Project, and premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY (2017).
Ms. Joachim is an official Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, and has appeared as a concert soloist both in recital and with orchestra on stages throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, where she is signed to Village Again Records. Highlights include featured performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, National Flute Association Conventions, Gezmataz Genoa Jazz Festival, Symphony Space, Biwako Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, WNYC’s Greenespace and 92Y Tribeca among others.
Ms. Joachim is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Carol Wincenc and Jayn Rosenfeld, and was the first person to successfully complete the conservatory’s MAP, Pre-College, and College Division programs. Upon graduation, she was granted the first ever Juilliard InterArts Award for independently producing and presenting exceptional interdisciplinary arts performances involving music, dance, theater and technology while pursuing her degree. She continued her graduate degree studies at The New School, where her focus was audio production and sound design. Ms. Joachim’s graduate performance thesis, presented at BRIC House, was an evening length work entitled Moving Words featuring an original score and video.
Since then, education has continued to play a major role in her career as an active educator of students of all ages and skill levels. Ms. Joachim is Director of Contemporary Chamber Music at the Perlman Music Program; a former flute faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program; and has coached chamber music for The Juilliard School’s Pre- College Division. Her youth education workshops, presented nationally with Flutronix, focus on creative collaboration and the use of traditional instruments in modern ways including improvisation, extended techniques and the integration of technology. At the university level, she has been presented as a music career lecturer and panelist, and has led masterclasses for The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, University of the Arts, New York Flute Club, New England Conservatory, Oklahoma Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other institutions across the country. She is a faculty member and Artistic Director at Eighth Blackbird’s Blackbird Creative Lab, and next season, joins the faculty of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
HEARD ON THIS EPISODE:
Jessie Marino chats with Resonant Bodies Festival director Lucy Dhegrae about her upcoming set on April 8th, 2018 at Constellation for the inaugural Chicago festival. Jessie talks about her unique approach to performing, her work with Pamplemousse and her duo On Structure, and how Rot Blau, her fantastic Super Premiere (her first piece ever as a composer) came to be. For more information about Jessie and what we discuss on this episode, please visit our Show Notes!
Jessie Marino is a composer/performer/media artist from New York. Her current work explores the repetition inside common activities, ritualistic absurdities, and the archeology of nostalgic technologies. Her pieces score out sound, video, physical movements, lighting and staging which are then placed within organized temporal structures, fractured narratives and musical frameworks.
Jessie is the Co-Founder of the experimental performance duo ON STRUCTURE and is Co-Artistic Director, Composer, and Cellist for the composer-performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse. Her compositions have been performed internationally by groups such as Ensemble Pamplemousse (USA), SCENATET (DK), SoundInitiative (FR), We Spoke Percussion (UK), Line Upon Line Percussion (USA), Handwerk (DE), Ensemble Adapter (DE), Die Ordnung Der Dinge
(DE), Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet (BE), Mocrep (USA) and presented at performing arts venues/festivals such as Café Oto (UK), MATA Festival (NYC), Borealis Festival(NO), SPOR Festival (DK), Darmstadt International Summer Courses (DE), and The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao). Jessie's work has recently been commissioned by Darmstadt Summer Course (DE), Borealis (NO), Kong Tomorrow (DK), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), SPOR Festival (DK), Retro Disco, SCENATET Ensemble, We Spoke Percussion, and she was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Foundation for the Arts (CA).
As a performer, Jessie works on developing new modes of musical performance styles with her duo ON STRUCTURE (with composer/performer Natacha Diels), plays regularly as a cellist with Ensemble Pamplemousse, and has developed a motley cast of performative and compositional Alter Egos. She has worked closely with influential composers such as Alvin Lucier, George Lewis, Klaus Lang and Steve Takasugi, and has been a guest performer with prominent contemporary music and theater ensembles such as, Object Collection (NYC), Wet Ink Ensemble (NYC), and Ensemble Adapter.
Jessie lives and works in Chicago. www.jessiemarino.com