This Friday night we have the last of the LINKS premieres: Beatbox flute player Greg Pattillo will unveil Randall Woolf’s new concerto Native Tongues, with Ransom Wilson conducting the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra.

If you haven’t seen Patillo’s beatbox flute in action, it’s pretty amazing, check it out:

beatbox flute

And Randy is a lovely, creative soul.   I wrote about him before, about two years ago, when he was here in spring ’08.   Can’t wait to see what he’s come up with this time.

The LINKS project was a commissioning fund set up the Kenan Institute for the Arts, resulting in this piece as well as commissions of new works by Marc Engebretson, Laura Kaminsky, David Maslanka and myself (String Quartet No. 4: The Infinite Sphere). It was a fantastic initiative over the last three years – hopefully it will be revived, now that the initial run of premieres is coming to an end.

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