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Flute Events in March in Belgium

Wil Offermans was in 2016 in Belgium for several Flute Day events:

New Flute Compositions Published

Musikverlag Zimmermann just released two new flute compositions by Wil Offermans:
Waltz of the Wolves - for two flutes, a most enjoyable and playful duet. The work was commissioned by the Netherlands Flute Academy for Suzanne Wolff and Emily Beynon. Duration: about 4 minutes. Level: 3-4 (6).
Eternal Winds - for 8 flute players, an exciting hymn to the wind and flute sound throughout times. Optionally it can be performed by any (mega) flute ensemble by involving the additional, easy grade Wind Folk part. The work was commissioned by the Netherlands Flute Academy and premièred by a mega flute orchestra of 585 flute players. Duration: about 9 minutes. Level: 3-5 (6).

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Flute Summer Course 2015 in Spain

The 24th edition of the international Flute Summer Course by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans has been held from July 22nd until 29th, 2015 in Sayalonga (Malaga), Spain with participants from Austria, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the USA. In this exotic 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.). Click here to go to the Flute Summer Course Photo Gallery. The Flute Summer Course 2016 will be held July 16th until 23rd, 2016. Registration will be available this fall at www.flutesummercourse.com.

'Flute Day' 2-days in Eivissa-Ibiza, Spain

Eivissa On March 7th and 8th 2015, Wil Offermans has been in Eivissa (Ibiza) to present his Flute Day at the '1ª Trobada de Flauta d'Eivissa i Formentera' for flute-students from the islands of Ibiza and Formentera. Organizing institutions were Conservatori Profesional de Música i Dansa d'Eivissa i Formentera and the Govern de les Illes Balears (Conselleria d'Educacio, Cultura i Universitats). The final presentation concert on Sunday 8th March at the Conservatorio Profesional in Ibiza included Offermans' pieces like: Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy, Jungle Dance and more. Click here to see a summary video. Click here to see the photo gallery of the events or click the image on the right.

'Flute Day' (3-days) in Saint Omer & Calais, France

Saint Omer This February 6th, 7th and 8th, Wil Offermans was in the Saint Omer and Calais area in northern France, for three days of flute events at various locations. Organizing institutions included the La Comédie de L'Aa, Conservatoire á Rayonnement Départemental Musique, Saint Omer, Conservatoire de Calais, L'École Notre Dame Griffon. The final presentation concert was on Sunday 8th Febr. at 16:00 in Salle Emile Zola, Wizernes/Saint Omer and included Offermans' pieces like: Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy, Honami, Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Bamburia, Itsuki-no-Komoriuta and Dance with Me.
Update: here below find the videos of Dance with Me, Bamburia, Thumpy and Itsuki-no-Komori-Uta and see the photo gallery or click the image on the right.

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Concert Tour Japan Autumn 2014

From November 12th until 28th Wil Offermans was on tour in Japan with Junko Ueda (voice, satsuma-biwa). Below are some videos of this tour. Among their activities were:

  • November 14th: a most unique concert by Duo Ueda Offermans with singing monks of the Obaku-shu sect at the occasion of '360 years arrival of Ingen' at the Kofukuji Temple Nagasaki.
  • November 23rd: "Flute Special Live, Japan vs Holland" a duo concert with Kazushi Saito (first flute Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra), Otsuka Greco Live House, Tokyo
  • November 24th: Flute teaching at Sankyo, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.

Tokyo Duo Concert Saito-Offermans

World-premiere "Eternal Winds" • 585 flutists Mega Orchestra

On 9th Nov. 2014 the world premiere of Eternal Winds by Wil Offermans was performed by a mega-orchestra of 585 flutists - a mixture of orchestral flutists, professionals, flute-students, amateurs and children - in a sold-out TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht (Holland) at the Netherlands Flute Academy 5th anniversary concert (directed by Emily Beynon, 1st flutist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam). Offermans conducted the work himself. Other performers in this concert includes: flutist Emily Beynon, soprano Roberta Alexander, all round musician and flutist Thijs van Leer, percussionist Niels van Hoorn and trumpet player Eric Vloeimans. Click the video image above to see the video of the ‘Eternal Winds’. More at www.neflac.nl.

Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert
Eternal Winds premiere at Neflac concert

Flute Day in Waspik (Waalwijk), The Netherlands

Waalwijk Waspik 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. To see the photos of this event click here or click the image on the right.

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).

Nice Duo Concert Ueda-Offermans
Tokyo Duo Concert Saito-Offermans

Flute Summer Course 2014, Spain

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. 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 here to go to the Flute Summer Course Photo Gallery.

Flute Day in Meckenheim (Bonn), Germany

Meckenheim 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 the image on the right to see the photo gallery of the event.

UK Tour 2014

UK Tour 2014 Wil OffermansWil Offermans did a compact UK Tour in 2014. Click the image on the right to see the photo gallery of the event. Here is an overview of the events:

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  • NEW CD
    Luna y Sierra

  • Daily Sensibilities

  • Made in Japan

  • How to Survive in Paradise

  • NEW SCORE
    Forbidden Valley
    a flute quintet for 3fl, alto and bass flute

  • NEW SCORE
    Waltz of the Wolves
    A flute duet, enjoyable and playful.

  • NEW SCORE
    Luna y Sierra
    for flute solo with accompaniment by one or more Instruments

  • The Thumpy Flute

    thumpy