22nd International Flute Summer Course 2013, Spain
Flute Summer Course by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans will be held from July 24th until 31st, 2013 in Sayalonga (Malaga), Spain. In this wonderful and inspiring ambiance and a climate of dynamic nature and cultural inspiration Offermans conducts the course, sharing his contemporary approach on flute playing with the participants.
For the Contemporary Flutist (published by Zimmermann a.o.) as well as his flute solo pieces. Other topics include extended techniques like bamboo tones, harmonics, circular breathing, multi-phonics and whisper tones; sound development; body movement; improvisation in performance and education; ensemble playing; ethnic flutes. The course has been visited by flutists from all over the world. The total fee for the course, including all lessons, all the meals and the lodging in double rooms is 495 euro (also single rooms available). Maximum number of participators is 18. For more information and registration go to www.flutesummercourse.com.
Wil Offermans at the NFA Flute Convention, New Orleans, USA
His trip is sponsored by Wm. S. Haynes, Co, the Zimmermann Publishers and Kotato Flutes (bass and contrabass-flutes).
New Solo CD 'Luna y Sierra' released
"The new CD Luna y Sierra arrives after a 10-year residence in Granada, in the heart of Andalusia in southern Spain. Its lively heritage of Moorish history, the world-famous Alhambra, the people and their love and joy for local cuisine, the flamenco, the poems of Federico Garcia Lorca, the sheep and goats strolling the mountainsides, the dynamic climate and nature of the Sierra Nevada… a scenery of pure mystery.
While the world tends to drift towards a cultural globalization, it is truly fascinating to enjoy culture so near its roots. Evidently, Luna y Sierra is born from a local experience, though with a universal echo." - Wil Offermans
The CD includes among others Offermans' interpretations of his compositions: Luna y Sierra, Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Dance with Me and the ensemble pieces Bamburia and Forbidden Valley (a unique quintet for bass-flute until double contrabass-flute). The CD is now available online for a special introduction price. Here one can also listen to various sound samples.
Flute Day Veghel, Holland
|On April 7, 2013 Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for about 40 flute students of the Harmonie Frisselstein / MIK at the art centre De Compagnie, Veghel, The Netherlands. After several workshops the day ended with a presentation concert, which included: Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. Click here to see the photo report. Click here to see the Dance with Me video.|
Wil Offermans at the Flute Festival Freiburg, Germany
Honami, Tsuru-no-Sugomori and Thumpy, while also presenting a 6-hour workshop around Dance with Me and some of his other works. The festival website: www.floete.net
Flute Day Visp (Oberwallis), Switzerland
|On March 9th, Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for about 45 flute students of the Musikschule Oberwallis Visp at the Zentrum Missione Naters/Brig in Switzerland. After workshops in the morning, the day ended with a presentation concert including: Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. See photos of the event here or go to the Photo Gallery page. Click the video image on the right to watch a video. Visit the Video Gallery page for more videos.||
video Dance with Me            video Jungle Dance
Flute Day Veenendaal, Holland
|On February 2, Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for about 50 flute students from Veenendaal and Rhenen at the Music School De Muzen. After several workshops the day ended with a presentation concert, which included: Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. Click here to see a photo report.|
More YouTube Videos: Luzern
video Luna y Sierra            video Voices of Nagasaki           video Thumpy Song
Here are three new videos of the recent Flute Day concert in Luzern, Switzerland: 1/ Luna y Sierra, performed by Wil Offermans with 65 flute students. 2/ Voices of Nagasaki performed by the Flute Teachers Collective Luzern. /3 Thumpy Improvisation performed by Wil Offermans and about 25 flute students. See the Video Gallery for more videos.
Autumn 2012 Flute Events with Wil Offermans
Nov 25: Music School Luzern, Switzerland
Nov 24: Music Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland
On November 25 Wil Offermans conducted a Flute Day for the Musikschule Luzern at the Aula Kantonsschule Alpenquai Luzern, Switzerland, with 65 flute-students and 10 flute-teachers. The day was concluded with a concert. The program included: Luna y Sierra, Voices of Nagasaki, Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. See photos here or click on the image on the right. Additionally, on November 24th Offermans presented a flute masterclass at the Hochschule Musik Luzern (see photos here).
Nov 18: deKunstAcademie, Knokke-Heist, Belgium
November 18th 2012 Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for the flute students of the deKunstAcademie in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. The day was concluded with a presentation concert. The program included: Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. See photos of the event here or click on the image on the right.
Nov 10: Music School Lleida, Spain
On November 10th 2012, from 11:00 till 19:00, Wil Offermans conducted a Flute Day for the younger flute students of the Conservatori i Escola Municipal de Música de Lleida in Spain. The day was concluded with a presentation concert. The program included: Jungle Dance, Luna y Sierra, Thumpy and Dance with Me. See photos of the event here or click on the image on the right.
Nov 03: Music School Delfzijl, The Netherlands
On November 3rd 2012 Wil Offermans conducted a Flute Ensemble Day for the flute students of the IVAK creative centre of Delfzijl, Holland. The event took place at the Nova Vita building in the picturesque nearby Middelstum. The final concert program included: Jungle Dance, Voices of Nagasaki, Bamburia, Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki and Dance with Me (performed together with young dance students of IVAK). See photos of the event here or go to the Photo Gallery page. Click the video image to watch the overview video. Visit the Video Gallery page for more videos.
video Dance with Me
Oct 19/20: Music School Biberach, Germany
On October 19./20. Wil Offermans was invited at the Bruno-Frey-Musikschule in Biberach, Germany. On the 19th he presented a workshop on extended techniques for advanced flute students. On the second day there was a Flute Day with presentation concert. You can see photos of the event here: Workshop 19th Oct. and Flute Day 20th Oct. Also you can watch three videos of the concert: Jungle Dance, Dance with Me and Kojo-no-Tsuki (click on the video images). See more videos at the Video Gallery page.
video Jungle Dance            video Dance with Me            video Kojo-no-Tsuki
Sep 28/29: Music School Stavanger & Sandnes, Norway
On September 29th 2012 Wil Offermans conducted a Flute Day for the music schools of Stavanger and Sandnes in Norway. The final presentation concert included: Jungle Dance, Kojo-no Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. Additionally, on September 28th Offermans gave a masterclass on extended techniques for the advanced students. See photos of the event here or click on the image on the right.
Flöjtmania Summer Course in Örebro, Sweden
video Dance with Me            video Labyrinth            video Luna y Sierra            video Jungle Dance
From June 25 until 30 Wil Offermans has been guest teacher at the 20th Flöjtmania (Flutemania) Summer Course in Kåvesta, Örebro, Sweden, next to Torleif Ander (initiator) and Anna Svensdotter.
You can watch several videos of the concert: Dance with Me, Labyrinth, Luna y Sierra and Jungle Dance (just click on the images above). See more videos at the Video Gallery page.
The course has been organized by the University of Örebro in Sweden. The course was running two parallel levels with Offermans intensively working with the advanced level. The course also included two concerts: a teachers concert on June 26th and a final presentation concert on June 29th. More info at www.flutemania.nu/Mani.html
New website 'For the Contemporary Flutist Online'
New flute ensemble composition Bamburia published
New YouTube videos from Japan Xmas Tour
video Bamburia            video Forbidden Valley            video Heike Duo
There are some new videos available of the recent Japan Xmas Tour 2011. This includes the world-premieres of Bamburia for flute ensemble; Forbidden Valley for 5 low flutes (from bass flute till double contrabass flute) and the Heike Monogatari Duo with Junko Ueda. You can watch these videos by clicking on the images above. See more videos at the Video Gallery page.
Japan Xmas Tour 2011
During the final weeks of 2011 Wil Offermans will be touring in Japan for several events. In the concerts of Dec. 23rd and 24th Flute Ensemble Piacere will be guest to perform with Wil Offermans the first official performance of his new flute ensemble pieces Bamburia and Forbidden Valley (Bfl, Bfl in F, Contra-Bfl, CBfl in F, Double CBfl). The score of Bamburia will be published very soon by Zimmermann, Frankfurt (it will be announced at this site). Forbidden Valley has been commissioned by Kotato Flutes.
19 Dec. 18:30-21:30: Wil Offermans Flute Fitness Ensemble Workshop, SpaceDo (Musical Instrument Shop DAC) JR-Shinookubo, more info and registration: www.flutefitness.com
22 Dec. 14:00: concert duo Ueda/Offermans at Kurihashi Wellfare House Kulimu, Saitama
23 Dec. 14:30: concert duo Ueda/Offermans at Kuki-shi Culture Centre Hall, Saitama, see program
24 Dec. 14:30: concert duo Ueda/Offermans at Miyoshi Culture Centre Hall Copisu, Saitama, see program
Teaching Tour in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 2011
video Honami class            video Dance with Me            video Thumpy Song
November 25th-27th Wil Offermans was in Vienna, Austria for a series of teaching events.
- November 25th: masterclasses and workshops “Flute Music by Wil Offermans” for flute students of the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Institut Franz Schubert, Vienna. See photos here.
- November 26th: Flute Day (including some masterclasses on music of Wil Offermans) with a final presentation concert at the music school Vienna-Meidling. Above you can find videos of Honami; Dance with Me and Thumpy Improvisation (click the images above; find more videos at the Video Gallery page). Click here to see the photo series.
- November 27th: masterclasses on music of Wil Offermans for flute students and teachers with some additional workshops at the music school Tulln, Nieder Österreich. See photos here.
New YouTube Video Gallery
video Tsuru-no-Sugomori            video Ilios            video The Journey Impro
A YouTube video page and gallery has been added to this website as an additional source of information concerning the compositions by Offermans (see the tab on the left sidebar). There you will find a selection of performances by Wil Offermans as well as performances of his works by various other artists. The selection will be updated whenever new videos will become available.
Duo Ueda/Offermans concert at Schunk* in Heerlen, Holland
|On October 26 2011, the Duo Ueda/Offermans performed at Schunk* in Heerlen, Holland in the series of Newsical Experience, with co-organized by November Music in Den Bosch, Holland. The program included: Tsuru-no-Sugomori (Wil Offermans flute solo), Voyage (Junko Ueda for biwa & tape by Tôru Takemitsu) and How to Survive in Paradise II (Junko Ueda voice & Wil Offermans flutes, live-electronics). Click the image above to watch a video summary of How to Survive in Paradise II (original length about 29 minutes). See more videos at the Video Gallery page.
"How to Survive in Paradise II (composed in 1990 in Singapore by Wil Offermans) images a science-fictional paradise, where a pleasant, lush and peaceful life in harmony with nature is gradually eroded by mankind, its actions, restlessness and curiosity.”
Troubadours Caravan Project 2011
- September 24, 2011 at the Culture Centre in Bagnols-sur-Ceze, France
- January 20, 2011 at Le Théâtre, Narbonne, France
20th Int'nal Flute Summer Course 2011, Spain
Flute Festivals in Holland and Norway
Also Wil Offermans will be performing and teaching at the first Norwegian Flute Festival organized by the new Norwegian Flute Society on 24-26 June, 2011 in Tonehein, Hamar near Oslo. Other invited flutists include Wissam Boustany and Andras Adorjan, o.a.