World Premiere 'Eternal Winds' 500 flutes, Holland, come & join!



At the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the Neflac flute academy by flutist Emily Beynon (1st flute Concertgebouw), a MEGA Flute Orchestra of 500 flute players will perform the world première Wil Offermans new composition Eternal Winds. The composer himself will conduct this premiere at the concert on Nov. 9th 2014 at 15:00 in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Holland. Any flutist can register to join this 500 players orchestra simply here: www.neflac.nl. You will receive scores after registration. Eternal Winds promises to be a most unique and exciting piece.




Other performers in this concert include: flutist Emily Beynon, soprano Roberta Alexander, all round musician and flutist Thijs van Leer, percussionist Niels van Hoorn and trumpet player Eric Vloeimans. Tickets for the concert can be bought at TivoliVredenburg.

Flute Day in Waspik (Waalwijk), The Netherlands

On October 11th, 2014 Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for the flute students of the institutes of Aleph Heusden: H19 Oosterhout; Kunstpodium Dongen, Gilze, Rijen; and the Kunstencentrum Waalwijk. With workshops in the morning and rehearsals later on the day, about 30 flute students finished the day with a presentation concert with pieces by Wil Offermans, including: Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy, Made in Japan, Dance with Me and Jungle Dance.
Click here to see the photo report.
Flute Day Waspik, The Netherlands - 2014

Duo Ueda Offermans concert at Academy d'Ete, Nice, France

On August 7th the Duo Ueda Offermans (Junko Ueda: biwa and voice; Wil Offermans: flutes) performed a duo concert for the Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice at the Conservatoire de Musique, Nice. They shared the stage with flutist Sophie Cherrier. (photo left to right: Junko Ueda; Wil Offermans; Sophie Cherrier; Olivier Gardon; Gerard Kurdjian).

left to right : Junko Ueda; Wil Offermans; Sophie Cherrier; Olivier Gardon; Gerard Kurdjian  Academie Internationale d'Ete de Nice

Flute Summer Course 2014, Spain

Flute Summer Course 2014 Photo Overview
The 23rd international Flute Summer Course 2014 by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans has been held from July 23th until 30th, 2014 in Sayalonga (Malaga), Spain with participants from Austria, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. In this wonderful and inspiring ambiance and a climate of dynamic nature and cultural inspiration Offermans conducted the course, sharing his contemporary approach on flute playing with the participants.

the beautiful antique olive-mill, the location of the Flute Summer Course
Main literature was Offermans' etude book For the Contemporary Flutist (published by Zimmermann a.o.). Other topics included extended techniques like circular breathing, bamboo tones, harmonics, multi-phonics and whisper tones; sound development; body movement; improvisation in performance and education; ensemble playing; ethnic flutes. Click the photo image on the right to see a photo overview or click here to see an extended photo impression of the 2014 course.

The Flute Summer Course 2015 will be held July 22nd until 29th, 2015. Registration will be available this fall at www.flutesummercourse.com.

Magazine The Flute, Japan - cover story on Wil Offermans

The Flute interview with Wil Offermans
Leading Japanese flute-magazine The Flute has the cover story of the July 2014 edition (vol.136) dedicated to Wil Offermans. In the interview Offermans talks about his ideas concerning extended techniques and more. The magazine also features an article on the Thumpy flute and other educational flute ideas. See more at Facebook or the The Flute. The magazine can be ordered online here (Japanese only; 1.000¥).

Seminar Creativity & Improvisation, University Örebro, Sweden

On June 16 and 17 Wil Offermans presented a duo concert with the Duo Ueda Offermans and workshops for wind players and teachers at the Örebro University Sweden as part of the summer seminar Blåsforum Creativity & Improvisation. The program included: For the Younger Flutist games pieces, Thumpy and Tsuru-no-Sugomori.

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Spanish Flute Convention 2014, Sevilla, Spain

From 25th until 27th of April 2014, the 3rd Spanish Flute Convention was held in the beautiful city of Sevilla in southern Spain with over hundred concert, workshops and presentations. Between the many events, Wil Offermans presented a solo recital (For the Contemporary Flutist; Tsuru-no-Sugomori; Honami; Luna y Sierra and Thumpy) and workshop with Dance with Me. For more, visit the Festival Facebook and AFE-website.

Flute Day in Meckenheim (Bonn), Germany

On March 28th and 29th, 2014 Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for flute students of the music schools of Meckenheim, Meckenheim, Rheinbach, Swisttal (Bonn-area) in Germany. On 28th they started with a workshop for more advanced students (about 35 students). Next day was the Floetentag for about 60 students. After several workshops the day ended with a presentation concert, which included: Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy, Tsuru-no-Sugomori and Jungle Dance.
Click here to see the photo report.
meckenheim 2014 flute day

RNCM Manchester - Guildhall London - Hampshire Flute Day, UK

March 18: Royal Northern College of Music Manchester
Masterclass at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester. The program included: For the Contemporary Flutist, Tsuru-no-Sugomori and Honami.

Masterclass with Wil Offermans at RNCM, Manchester Felix Niël performing Tsuru-no-Sugomori by Wil Offermans Masterclass with Wil Offermans at RNCM, Manchester RNCM Manchester
March 20: Just Flutes / Jonathan Myall Music, Croydon, London
Flute classes at Just Flutes / Jonathan Myall Music , Croydon, London for students of Cris Hankin. The program included: Just a Short Version, Voices of Nagasaki and Bamburia.

Workshop with Wil Offermans at Just Flutes, Croydon, London, UK
March 21: Guildhall School of Music, Barbican, London
Masterclass at the Guildhall School of Music, Barbican, London. The program included Tsuru-no-Sugomori and Honami.

Taylor Irelan performing Honami by Wil Offermans Jessica Kabirat performing Tsuru-no-Sugomori by Wil Offermans Rebecca Carson performing her own work for flute, sitar and percussion Rebacca Griffiths performing East Wind by Shulamit Ran Katie MacDonald performing her own work including bamboo flutes and live-electronics Henry Roberts performing Coltrane by Dave Heath
March 22: Hampshire Flute Day, Romsey, Hampshire
Dance with Me in Hampshire videoJungle Dance in Hampshire video
On March 22nd 2014 Wil Offermans conducted the Hampshire Flute Day at the Lantern Theatre in Romsey, Hampshire. The final presentation concert included: Luna y Sierra, Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy, Tsuru-no-Sugomori and Dance with Me. See photos of the event here. Also, watch the videos of Dance with Me and Jungle Dance.

Flute Days at Music School Köttmannsdorf, Austria

On February 22nd & 23rd Wil Offermans was a guest at the Music School Köttmannsdorf in Carinthia, Austria, to present his Flute Day project. During the two days they worked intensely with a group of students and flute-teachers from Carinthia and other parts of Austria. The final presentation concert on Sunday 23rd included Offermans' pieces like Luna y Sierra, Bamburia, the Thumpy flute, Kôjô-no-Tsuki, Dance with Me and Tsuru-no-Sugomori. See the photo report of these days here (look for 'Köttmannsdorf'). kottmannsdorf_02_2014

Maaslandse Flute Days in Maaseik and Neeroeteren, Belgium

On November 16th & 17th Wil Offermans conducted the Maaslandse Flute Days for the music schools of Maaseik, Lanaken, Dilsen-Stokkem and Maasmechelen in Belgium. On saturday there were masterclasses for advanced students and flute-teachers as well as a concert in the auditorium of the Music Academy Maaseik. The concert program included Luna y Sierra, Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Voices of Nagasaki, Etude 3: Bamboo Tones, Bamburia, the Thumpy flute, Kôjô-no-Tsuki and Dance with Me. On sunday there was a Flute Day for all levels with a presentation concert at the end of the day in the Cultural Centre Neeroeteren. See the two photo reports of these days here. neeroeteren 2013

Children Flute Days, Vilvoorde-Brussels, Belgium

On October 29th and 30th, Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for young children for the Jeugd & Muziek (Youth & Music) in Vilvoorde (Brussels), Belgium at the music school of Vilvoorde. Some of the children already had started playing the flute, however others had never played the flute before. During the two days they worked mainly on games also using Offermans Thumpy flute as a way to introduce the flute and to learn to create a flute sound. They also worked on Bird Songs. Click here to see a photo report. vilvoorde-2013

Duo Ueda Offermans at Màntica Festival, Cesena, Italy

On October 26th, the Duo Ueda Offermans, with Japanese satsuma-biwa player singer Junko Ueda, presented their concert at the Màntica Festival in the Teatro Comandini in Cesena, Italy. The program included Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Yoshitsune, Heike Duo, Inner Voices and How to Survive in Paradise II. Click the video image on the right to watch a video. Visit the Video Gallery page for more videos.
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'Birds Songs' at Thumpy website

News for all Thumpy players and teachers: a new section has been added to the Thumpy website with some most enjoyable material imitating bird songs on the Thumpy flute. Check out this Bird Songs page if you are interested in playing or teaching the Thumpy flute.

Duo Ueda Offermans in Cattlar-Prades, France

Duo Ueda Offermans in Chapelle Notre Dame de Riquer, Cattlar
On August 24th the Duo Ueda Offermans presented a their acoustic duo concert at Chapelle Notre Dame de Riquer, Catllar near Prades (France). The event was part of the 8ème Festival Les Troubadours Chantent l'Art Roman en Languedoc-Roussillon. The duo - by
The Chapelle Notre Dame de Riquer in Cattlar
Japanese satsuma-biwa player Junko Ueda and Wil Offermans on flutes - performed a program of their works as well as some traditional Japanese pieces, including Heike Monogatari, Genji Monogatari and Tsuru-no-Sugomori. The origin of the Chapelle Notre Dame de Riquer dates back more than 1000 years.

Wil Offermans at the NFA Flute Convention, New Orleans, USA

NFA New Orleans Convention
Wil Offermans appears as a 'Haynes Associate' at the 41st Flute Convention of the National Flute Association, which will take place August 8 - 11, 2013 in New Orleans, USA. The theme for this year's event is “Confluence of Cultures & Perseverance of Spirit” and it will feature spirited programming for solo and flute choir recitals, masterclasses and workshops, the NFA’s world-renowned competitions, and, of course, exhibitions galore. Offermans will perform Tsuru-no-Sugomori, some Thumpy flute, Dance with Me (with the National High School Flute Choir) and present a class on Honami and extended techniques. The tour is sponsored by Wm. S. Haynes, Co, the Zimmermann Publishers and Kotato Flutes (bass and contrabass-flutes).

International Flute Summer Course 2013, Spain

Flute Summer Course 2013 Photo Overview
The 22nd international Flute Summer Course 2013 by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans has been held from July 24th until 31st, 2013 in Sayalonga (Malaga), Spain with participants from countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Norway and the Australia. In this wonderful and inspiring ambiance and a climate of dynamic nature and cultural inspiration Offermans conducted the course, sharing his contemporary approach on flute playing with the participants. Main literature was Offermans' etude book For the Contemporary Flutist (published by Zimmermann a.o.). Other topics included 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. Click the photo image on the right to see a photo overview or click here to see an extended photo impression of the 2013 course.

New Concert Program Video by Duo Ueda Offermans

Duo Ueda Offermans duo-program
There is a new video of the Japanese/Dutch Duo Ueda Offermans presenting a summary of their concert program. The video includes Heike Monogatari, Genji-Monogatari, Tsuru-no-Sugomori, How to Survive in Paradise II and more. You can find the video here.

New Solo CD 'Luna y Sierra' released

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"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. veghel flute day

Wil Offermans at the Flute Festival Freiburg, Germany

Flute Festival Freiburg
From March 22nd until 24th the German Flute Festival of the German Flute Association (DGfF) took place at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg presenting an intensive program of wonderful concerts, workshops, competitions, exhibitions and demonstrations. Wil Offermans joined the festival and performed 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.
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