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Release: Oct. 17, 2002
FLUTIST ROBERT DICK TRANSCENDS PRECONCEPTIONS IN UI RECITAL NOV. 1
Flutist and composer Robert Dick, a visiting faculty member at the University
of Iowa School of Music, will trace a musical journey extending all the way
from J.S. Bach to music inspired by sacred flute music of New Guinea, with
a dizzying array of stops in between, on a free faculty recital at 8 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Dick will perform with pianist Ksenia Nosikova, also from the UI School of
Dick is internationally known as a performer, composer and improviser. He
describes himself as a musician with 21st century skills and 18th century
attitudes who continues the tradition of virtuoso composer/performers
including Chopin, Paganini and Jimi Hendrix.
His UI debut faculty recital typifies his approach to musical performance.
Listing the apparent extremes on the recital program -- Bach and New Guinea
-- hardly does justice to the breadth of Dicks musical interests or
the eclecticism of the whole program.
In addition to Bachs Sonata in E-flat major, Dick will play Le
Merle Noir (The black bird) by contemporary French mystic Olivier Messiaen,
who often fills his scores with transcribed bird song; Dicks own arrangement
of a virtuosic Paganini Caprice for violin; Frederick Chopins Nocturne
in C-sharp minor; three of Dicks own avant-garde compositions -- T
Might Equal C to the Tenth for bass flute, OR for flute
alone and Greenhouse for flute alone; and the Sonata for Flute
and Piano, op. 94, by 20th-centurty Russian composer Sergei Prokofieff
There is no conflict in programming so broadly, Dick asserted.
I've chosen this music because each work will serve to introduce and
to illuminate the others. Very many years ago I left preconceptions about
music and about the flute behind, and havent ever missed them.
This program is designed to be a musical journey that goes to places
both familiar and highly exotic. It ranges from the Baroque to the blues,
approached from the viewpoint of Jimi Hendrix's guitar style transmogrified
through the flute, chords, slides, wild transformations of sound -- you name
I'm part of the tradition of the creative virtuoso, thus music by Paganini
-- played with all the chords -- and the Hendrix-inspired blues. My music
also has roots in both western classical and world music. These can be heard
in the bass flute work "T Might Equal C to the Tenth" whose original
inspiration was the Sacred Flute music of New Guinea, and in the baroque and
classical pieces by Bach, Chopin and Prokofieff.
This concert will provide a rich new experience for listeners. Anchored
in several traditions, it will also fly with new aesthetics and sounds to
new places. I am very much looking forward to introducing myself to the Iowa
City musical community and to collaborating with the marvelous Ksenia Nosikova
in this program.
Dick has received critical acclaim world wide for both his technical accomplishment
and his groundbreaking creativity. The Washington Post wrote, Dick held
the audience in rapt attention with his spellbinding virtuosity, and
critic Bill Shoemaker wrote in JazzTimes, There are few musicians that
are truly revolutionary. Robert Dick is one of them.
As a performer, Dick is particularly known for his mastery of extended techniques
on the flute and for the high intensity of his concerts, which have earned
a reputation as the Hendrix of the flute. His concerts typically
include performances on flute, alto flute, bass flutes in C and F, and the
giant, stand-up contrabass flute. A highly versatile player, he also performs
Classical repertoire and has recorded the Telemann Fantasies for
As a composer in the classical world, Dick is one of only two Americans ever
to be awarded both Composers Fellowships and a Solo Recitalist Grant
by the NEA. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition and commissions
from the Jerome Foundation, Fromm Music Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Trust,
the city of Zurich, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and many others.
As an improviser, Dick is a member of groups based both in New York and Europe.
Based in Europe is the A.D.D. Trio (with Steve Arguelles, drums and Christy
Doran, electric guitar); and in New York, he is a member of the ambient band
King Chubby (with Ed Bialek, keyboards and samplers and Will Ryan, percussion).
Dicks multifaceted musical life also includes work on redesigning the
flute itself. He is currently collaborating with Bickford Brannen of Brannen
Brothers Flutemakers on the development of the Robert Dick Glissando
Headjoint, which does for the flute what the whammy bar
does for the electric guitar.
Dicks current projects include solo recitals and residencies, duo concerts
with pianist Anthony de Mare and a performance piece, The Psychological
Sonata, in collaboration with performance artist Rinde Eckert, an Iowa
City native and UI graduate whose works have routinely been presented at the
Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as
a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States Europe and South
America. She gave her New York debut performance in 1996 in Weill Recital
Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has been an invited guest soloist with symphony
and wind orchestras in Colorado, Louisiana and Iowa. In addition she has been
invited to perform at international festivals in Munster, France; Rimini,
Italy; and Rovin, Yugoslavia; as well as the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals
in the United States.
A critic in the Boston Globe wrote, Nosikova again displayed impressive
musicianship, and in Alsace, France, a review noted, her performance
is brilliant, full of grace and the most astonishing precision.
In addition to international appearances in France, England, Brazil and Argentina,
she has performed as a guest artist at several American universities, including
the universities of Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. She has presented
a solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and undertaken
a recital tour of the United Kingdom. Recently she recorded the first solo
CD of Franz Liszts Years of Pilgrimage.
She has been a prize winner in numerous piano competitions, including the
Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition in New York, the Alabama International
Piano Competition, and the Ibla International Piano Competition in Italy,
to which she has returned as a jury member. She has received two major grants
from the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Central Investment Found for
Research Enhancement at the UI.
Nosikova received a masters degree with high honors from the Moscow State
Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia and a doctorate from the University of
Colorado in Boulder. She has been invited to perform with renowned artists
in numerous international master classes.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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