Wood'N'Flutes is a professional recorder trio based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The three musicians, Vicki Boeckman, Gertie Johnsson and Pia Brinch Jensen, have been performing together since 1999, captivating audiences with their unique mixture of virtuosity, grace and historical knowledge.
Wood'N'Flutes' repertoire spans over 800 years, calling for recorders of all different sizes and historical types. The trio creates a seamless experience of aural and visual beauty by interweaving music with poetry and text readings and a surprising use of the performance space.
Audiences will be lead through a garden of delights made up of music and poetry from several eras, each with its own distinct flavor and harmony; the alluring complexity of the Middle Ages, the homophony and balance of the Renaissance, the structure and rhetoric of the Baroque, and the energetic drive of our own time.
Wood'N'Flutes made their American debut in January 2003 and is looking forward to returning to the Southwest and also to performing in the Pacific Northwest. They will introduce their American audiences to several works by Danish composers: madrigals by Mogens Pedersøn and Truid Aagesen, (both employed at the court of King Christian the IV), The Color Blue by Hans Henrik Brandt, Flute Forest, a work composed for the trio by Morten Nyord, and a piece called Flower Songs by Hans Abrahamsen. The program will also include some flashy, popular works by Vivaldi, Boismortier and Matthias Maute.
Wood'N'Flutes receives annual performance grants from the Danish Artist's Foundation (Kunstfondet) and from the Danish Music Council. For the past three consecutive years they were chosen by the committee of Live Music in the Schools in Denmark to perform for school children from grades K – 3 with harpist, Tine Rehling, in a program combining music and theatre.
Their first CD, Journey, has received critical acclaim
in Europe and the United States.
Gertie Johnsson holds recorder degrees from The Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, Denmark, The Royal Academy in the Hague, Holland, and The Early Music Institute at Indiana University. She studied with Eva Legêne, Ricardo Kanji and Dan Laurin. While at Bloomington she also studied voice with Paul Elliot and upon returning to Denmark earned a degree in voice performance and voice pedagogy.
Gertie has performed in Europe, the United States, Israel and Brazil with various ensembles, both on the recorder and the cornetto. She is a member of the Dutch-based internationally acclaimed ensemble, Fala Música, which concentrates solely on researching and performing music from the 14th and 15th centuries. They have been featured on numerous radio and TV broadcasts all over Europe.
Gertie was assistant professor in recorder at The Early Music Institute at Indiana University and has taught at various workshops and music schools in Denmark and Brazil. She has served on the board of directors of the Copenhagen Early Music Festivals, and has recorded on several Danish labels including Kadanza and Helikon.
Over the last five years Gertie has also successfully produced a number of theater concerts, following her dream to interweave the artistry of stage and musical performance.
Besides her active career in early music and staying
busy raising her three children, she is an enthusiastic story teller, writer of
prose, and a creator of curious cartoons.
Pia Brinch Jensen
Pia Brinch Jensen graduated with excellence in performance from the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen where she studied with Dan Laurin and Vicki Boeckman. She continued her studies in Europe and Israel by participating in master classes and workshops taught by some of Europe's leading recorder artists and performers of historical music. In 1997 Pia was one of the five finalists in the "Moeck Solo Recorder Playing Competition" held in London.
Pia is currently on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen where she teaches pedagogy. She is also on the faculty of Ingrid Jespersen private school and the Køge Municipal School of Music where she teaches children of all ages and young adults in a special program preparing to study at a music academy.
She has performed throughout Denmark with Wood'n'Flutes and other ensembles, and was recently on tour in Norway with the highly acclaimed recorder quartet Sirena. She has recorded for several CD labels and performed on radio and television programs in Denmark.
Pia divides her professional teaching and performing career with raising two highly active twin daughters. In addition she studies the NLP technique (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and it is her ambition to teach the technique to other musicians and incorporate it into performing and teaching.
This is Pia's second tour to the United States.
Vicki Boeckman is one of the leading recorder artists of her generation. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she studied music and modern flute at California State University, Northridge. In 1981 she moved to Denmark to study the recorder and related performance practices with Eva Legêne at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. While in Europe she also studied with Marion Verbruggen and Walther van Hauwe, and participated in master classes with the leading recorder artists of the time. In the summer of 2004 she relocated to Seattle, Washington.
Vicki has performed throughout Scandinavia, the United States, England, Scotland, and Germany and has appeared on countless productions for Danish radio and television.Audiences are put at ease by her charming and confident stage manner and moved by the intensity of her musicality. As a soloist, she has performed with chamber orchestras in Denmark, Norway, Sweden Germany, and the USA. She can be heard on the Kontra Punkt, Classico, Horizon, Musical Heritage America, Paula, Kadanza, and Primavera labels.Recordings in recent years include Telemann trio sonatas with distinguished colleagues, John Holloway and Jaap ter Linden.
Vicki is member and co-founder of two highly popular Danish-based ensembles: Opus 4, which concentrates on performing triosonatas from the 17th and 18th centuries, and Wood'N'Flutes, who plays works from the Middle Ages to the present.
Vicki taught recorder, chamber music, performance practices and pedagogy at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen from 1990-2004, and music to children of all ages at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music from 1981-2004. While there she founded a regional recorder orchestra for children and young adults. She is a highly sought after teacher and has coached and taught at workshops sponsored by early music societies and recorder societies in Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Indiana, New York, and Massachusetts.
Vicki was chosen to be recorder Artist-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Music and Ecology in Oregon in May 2005.
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