Due to the Pandemic, face-to-face meetings of the
Gainesville Flute Circle are not happening until further notice.
I know that Ron & Bill are working out having a group play outside.
They have been posting news on the Facebook Group listed below.
Updated May, 2021
Flute Circle had typically met the second Monday of the month. This is in abeyance until further notice.
Where: Millhopper Library on 43rd St., Gainesville, FL — Room B
When: 6:30 -7:50 pm
Future Gainesville Flute Circle dates – TENTATIVE due to COVID-19
Other information of interest:
- List of Florida PowWows
- Musical Echoes Festival Fort Walton Beach, FL
- Native Rhythms Festival will be virtual in 2020
What to bring:
– A Native American style flute
– A spirit of exploration for the music of the flutes
– Rhythm instruments: shakers, drums, rhythm sticks
If you want to come and just listen, you are welcome. If you want to try a flute to see what it is like, many of our members bring extras and would be happy to let you try out a flute.
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.
Below is a Gainesville Flute Circle spontaneous song with 13 members (in the first photo below) on percussion while John plays his drone flute. Enjoy.