The Gainesville Flute Circle is open
to all community members.
Next Flute Circles will be in March, however it will not be at the library. You will receive an email from Jim regarding the location for March.
April Flute Circle: April 9, 2018, 7 – 8:30 pm Where: Millhopper Library on 43rd St., Gainesville, FL — Room B
Other information of interest:
- List of Florida PowWows
- Musical Echoes Festival Fort Walton Beach, FL April 20-22, 2018
- Native Rhythms Festival Melbourne, FL November 9-11, 2018
If you would like to receive notifications about the Gainesville Flute Circle please contact me via the contact page.
What to bring:
– A Native American style flute
– A spirit of exploration for the music of the flutes
– Rhythm instruments: shakers, drums, rhythm sticks
The Gainesville Flute Circle meets on the 2nd Monday of the month.
One of the things we focus on in the group is learning to improvise with the flute and the rhythm instruments. Below are three samples of improvisations we did at the Gainesville Flute Circle. Keep in mind no one quite knew what they were going to play ahead of time. There was no sheet music to follow.
A group of us at Flute Circle walked around in a circle while playing to the rhythm. Totally improvised. Below.
This next sample includes Jeff on flute, Greg on ukulele and Judy on the thunder machine.
Below the sample is a fast-paced dance. Often it is easier to hear the higher pitched flutes at the faster pace and certainly it is easier to play the smaller flutes at a faster pace!
This final sample below is our practice using ostinatos ( a repeated pattern /phrase of music). You will hear 2 or 3 people playing a pattern together with their flutes on the same key of flute. Two folks are playing percussion (drum and shakir) and the solo flute player improvises and weaves a song.