International Flute Summer Course 2014 - register now!

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The 23rd edition of the international Flute Summer Course by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans will be held from July 23rd until 30th, 2014 in Sayalonga (Malaga), Spain. In this exotic 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.

the beautiful antique olive-mill, the location of the Flute Summer Course
Registration is open for any flute student, flutist and flute teacher, and is a perfect way to get introduced to contemporary flute playing or to further extend your views and possibilities. Main material will be Offermans' etude book 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. In previous years 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). Information & registration: www.flutesummercourse.com.

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.
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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
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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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video How to Survive in Paradise II video Inner Voices

'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

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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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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Flöjtmania Summer Course in Örebro, Sweden

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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'

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Wil Offermans has initiated the new website For the Contemporary Flutist Online which offers extensive information and illustrated exercises related to the extended flute techniques, especially to his etude book For the Contemporary Flutist. The idea was inspired by the twelve articles he wrote last year for the Japanese music magazine Pipers. Each article focused on one etude and its extended technique. Also, the importance of the extended techniques as a modern and effective tool for all flutists is comprehensively explained. The website including some additional audio materials (video will be added later) and is available as a free online source for all flutists. The URL of the website is: www.forthecontemporaryflutist.com.

New flute ensemble composition Bamburia published

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Music publishing house Zimmermann, Frankfurt, just released the publication of a new composition by Wil Offermans for flute ensemble titled Bamburia. The piece is for 1 flute solo, 5 flutes and 1 bass flute. Alternatively, the bass flute part can also be performed on a regular flute… A main element in Bamburia is the fascinating spanish flamenco rhythm: the buleria. …in the central part the flutists put their flute aside and perform the buleria-rhythm by clapping the hands… There are a few special techniques used like the 'tongue pizzicato' and the 'breath attack'. The piece is, of course like all the editions of Zimmermann, world-wide available through your local music store, but also online through the artist-run Studio E Online Shop. Click here to learn more about the piece, including video and score details.

New YouTube videos from Japan Xmas Tour

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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.