"Winter Wonderland" is the LAFO's second CD release and continues their tradition of innovative programming and superb playing. It is a collection of holiday music that ranges from Nutcracker Dances and Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto to African and Ukrainian carols to Christmas and Hanukah favorites in traditional and jazzy arrangements.
Flutes: Ellen Burr, Jonna Carter, David Lamont, Cathy Larson, Joanne Lazzaro, Michael Morton, Laura Osborn, Emily Senchuk and Sherril Wood
Solo Flutes on Christmas Concerto: Michael Morton & Joanne Lazarro
Solo Alto Flute on Christmas Concerto: Cathy Larson
Percussion on African Noel: Stephen Burr
Sopilka on Koliady: Emily Senchuk
Alto Recorder on Koliady: Sherril Wood
Drums on The Little Drummer Boy: Alex Smith
Recorded, edited, mixed & mastered at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Wayne Peet - Engineer
Produced by - Emily Senchuk, Peter Senchuk & Jonna Carter
Cover Design by: Holly V. Hood
The Stroke of Twelve
The LAFO's 2005 CD release "The Stroke of Twelve" is an eclectic collection of exciting music that was written and arranged specifically for the LAFO and it's unique instrumentation. Flute Talk magazine calls it, "Interesting programming makes this recording a 'must have' for flute choir players". This recording is supported [in part] through Subito, the quick advancement grant program of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Composers Forum.
Ellen Burr, Jonna Carter, Tamara Chadima, Katrina Hauser, Ciprian Ignat, Boglarka Kiss, Joanne Lazzaro, Dave Lamont, Carol Long, Vince Pena, Jennifer Roth, Emily Senchuk and Roland Tso.
Christopher Caliendo's passion for all aspects of music and music making has continued to excite and interest his commercial and serious activities. His unusual blending of musical style and instrumentation and continuous respect for popular and serious musical culture has generated a personal catalog of over 500 works. Sacred music, opera, folk, gypsy, tango, classical, jazz and popular music - Christopher continues to enjoy arranging and composing music for a 21st century audience whose musical needs are as varied as his own. His compositions have been featured worldwide in numerous film and television productions. Caliendo Music Publishing distributes and sells his unique Gypsy Americano, Chamber Jazz and American Tango compositions.
Christopher Caliendo has broken new musical ground with his latest creation, the Chamber Jazz Flute Orchestra Suite. I’ll Stop, I’ll Look, But I Won’t Stare begins the Suite with a jazzy and “cool” walking theme. Bright & Early is a mixture of languid melodic lines. Swing & Sing is a swing chart harkening back to the vitality and energy of the big band era of the 1930s and -40s. Not only does the flute orchestra take on the role of an energetic horn section in this piece, but its members also sing! Sheet music for Christopher's Chamber Jazz Flute Orchestra Suite is available for purchase at: www.christophercaliendo.com, or Email Caliendo World Music Publishing at: email@example.com.
Vinny Golia is a composer who fuses the rich heritage of Jazz, contemporary classical and world music into his own unique compositions. As a bandleader, Golia has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United States in ensembles varying dramatically in size and instrumentation. Golia has also contributed original compositions and scores to Ballet and Modern Dance works, video, theatrical productions, and film. A multi-woodwind performer, Vinny has been featured with Anthony Braxton, Henry Grimes, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Joelle Leandre, Leo Smith, Horace Tapscott, John Zorn, Tim Berne, Bertram Turetzky, George Lewis, Barre Phillips, The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Patti Smith, Harry "the Hipster" Gibson, Eugene Chadburne, Kevin Ayers, Peter Kowald, John Bergamo and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band amongst many others. In 1999 Vinny won LA Weekly’s Award for "Best Jazz Musician". Jazziz Magazine has also named him one of the 100 people who have influenced the course of Jazz in our Century. His recordings and compositions are available on the Ninewinds record label at www.ninewinds.com.
Twelve of Seven (2003) was written for The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra, and features Piccolos, C Flutes, Alto Flutes, Bass Flutes and Contra-Bass Flutes. The piece is constructed in seven movements that run seamlessly from one to the next. Man Disappearing on a Bicycle…, You are in a Driveway?!? and Ed Calls the Bluff are three sections of the larger work. It may be performed with or without a featured multi-flute soloist.
Ron Gorow has been in the music business in Hollywood for over 40 years, working in film, television, records, live acts and publishing. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 47, Recording Musicians Association, International Association of Jazz Educators and ASCAP. He has consolidated his experience as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, copyist, music engraver, score proofreader, musicologist and teacher to develop the techniques presented in his book Hearing and Writing Music. Ron’s website is www.rongorow.com.
Chant begins with a Gregorian-style chant and gradually develops into fuller harmony, reflecting the evolution of Western music. A monk or a nun (the soloist) escapes into a fantasy, perhaps out of boredom. The flight of fancy is a kind of capsulated history of music that travels through various eras. The bass section represents the church, and periodically brings the soloist back "down to Earth." The alto flutes represent the choir. Chant is a virtuoso piece for the flute soloist.
Reflection sets a unique tone with the recorder solo. The piece blends a peaceful, new age feel with a timeless, classical pulse. It is reflective in a meditative sense, and is at the same time literally reflective, as one
flute echoes another.
Home Cookin' is a "Hoe-Down" style foot-stomper, featuring 4 piccolos and the bass section in improvised-sounding solos. It starts with a slow down-home bluesy passage and then jumps into tempo!
Canadian born composer Peter Senchuk’s work spans from jazz to modern classical to feature films. He has scored over twenty-five films since completing his graduate work at the University of Southern California. His latest project is Open Plan Productions’ feature film “Eve of Understanding”. Peter’s score to “The Five Stages of Beer” received a Gold Medal of Excellence at the 2004 Park City Film Music festival. His recent compositions include works for flute trio, wind ensemble, orchestra and the bandura, a traditional Ukrainian stringed folk instrument. More information about Peter’s compositions and film scores can be found at www.petersenchuk.com and www.bleujean.com/ps.html
Under The Sun (2005) is an original latin jazz tune composed by Peter and the arrangement is styled after a modern big band chart, with an improvised solo and a virtuosic soli section. The chart utilizes the entire flute family, from Piccolo to Contra-Bass flute, and may be played with or without a rhythm section. Under The Sun can be purchased at www.fluteworld.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase any of Peter’s compositions.
Eddie Sobenes is currently a Doctorate of Musical Arts and a student at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he teaches musicianship under the guidance of music theorist Eric Chernov. Eddie taught music theory at the California State University of Fresno where he earned a Master of Arts Degree with distinction. He also served as an instructor at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center. Eddie was a recipient of the Northern Arizona University Award for Outstanding Scholarship and also received a CSU Summer Arts Scholarship to study music composition and media music scoring. More information on Eddie can be found at www.eddiesobenes.com
Christe, du Lamm Gottes is the perfect prelude to Contrapunctus 10. Christe, du Lamm Gottes is a beautifully imitative chorale - short, dignified, and in a slow tempo; Contrapuntus 10 moves more quickly. In a sense, they create the perfect prelude and fugue. J.S. Bach wrote at least two versions of Contrapunctus 10. The earlier version was used to make this arrangement. In some editions, it appears as Contrapunctus 14 in Bach's Art of the Fugue.