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Music Crush with FNMC

Music Crush with FNMC

By Music Crush

A new music podcast hosted by flutists Nicole Riner and Elizabeth Robinson of the Flute New Music Consortium. Episode formats vary between interviews with composers and flutists influencing the contemporary performance world, new music listening sessions, and conversations exploring the nature of our work as musicians and collaborative artists. New episodes every other Wednesday.
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Interview: Lisa Neher
Interview: Lisa Neher
LISA NEHER, a singer and composer based in Portland, won FNMC’s 2022 Composition Competition with her solo flute work Reach Out. She discusses the dichotomy between performing and composing, the importance of genuine social connection, and some great practical advice for composers looking to pay their rent (spoiler alert: you will not make all of your money from sheet music sales). Reach Out: Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music: Gabriela Lena Frank, Andean Songs: Mannheim Steamroller, Carol of the Bells: Enya, Only Time:
February 01, 2023
I like chickens, I like feminism, and I like Jennifer Higdon
I like chickens, I like feminism, and I like Jennifer Higdon
Elizabeth introduces Nicole to some new-to-her music she’s working on, explains her deep love for Jennifer Higdon as a human being, and discusses her commissioning experiences. Nicole also explains her weird coordination issues with extended techniques and they both explore the plight of the composers whose work isn’t accurately represented in performance. (Side note: we misidentified Cherise's piece, A Voice Silenced..., as using material from Billie Holiday.  We were wrong, it's Ella Fitzgerald. Sorry Cherise, and we love you!)  Music by Women Festival in March 2023: Shulamit Ran, Flight of the Brave Chicken–Ode to Nina: Cherise Leiter, A Voice Silenced A Voice Sings: Kim Osberg, Fowl Play: Nina Shekhar, Zoo Songs: Jennifer Higdon, Bentley Roses: Tchaikovsky, Pas de Deux from Nutcracker: Billie Holiday, Solitude: Cake, Fashion Nugget:
January 18, 2023
Interview: Robert McClure
Interview: Robert McClure
Hey, it's the episode that earned us an "explicit" rating! ROBERT MCCLURE, composer of writhe unfurl for flute quartet, (winner, FNMC 2022 Composition Competition), schools Elizabeth and Nicole in desert grasshoppers and the linguistic controversies surrounding how to pluralize the word octopus, explores the visual aspect of his soundscapes, and fills us in on his excellent composer collective, ADJ-JECTIVE. Bonus: we learned what a demi clarinet is, too! Writhe, unfurl: Stravinsky, Rite of Spring: Amanda Feery: Björk’s Unravel: Andrew Martin Smith (Pathways):
January 04, 2023
Is there an endpoint?
Is there an endpoint?
Elizabeth and Nicole discuss the ups and downs of all-ages performance competitions, things we didn’t learn in grad school, musical taste and professional guilt, doing right by composers, and being middle aged ladies. And because we’re nerds, there’s a little flute pedagogy talk, too. Fiona Apple, Shadow Boxer Bikini Kill, Feel Blind John Adams, Naive and Sentimental Music WoodWired Duo, Microaggressions
December 21, 2022
Interview: Michael Genese
Interview: Michael Genese
MICHAEL GENESE, composer of The Highest Arm for flute and electronics (winner, FNMC 2022 Composition Competition), chats with Nicole and Elizabeth about how different NYC communities dealt with the pandemic, social justice in music circles, the great importance of having a collaborative community, and some great advice on learning how to wear multiple hats as a musician. The Highest Arm: Bach Cantata 33: Björk’s Fossora: Ohyung imagine naked!:
December 07, 2022
Music Crush: Preview
Music Crush: Preview
MUSIC CRUSH preview: first full episode drops December 7, 2022. In the meantime, get to know us at Follow FNMC Send us questions at for inclusion in a future episode …and go ahead and “like” and "subscribe" now!
November 16, 2022