A comprehensive 2 disc DVD study guide for all musicians to use as a teaching tool for instrumental sound production. Amy Porter combines her research with performance and pedagogy and brings her workshop into your practice room, helping you find your most beautiful sound. "Learning to perform has to begin with knowing who you are, using your own life as inspiration and knowing you CAN make a sound from what's already inside you." - Amy Porter
Item Number: EQDVD03
Format: 2-DVD Set
Year Recorded: 2012
Anatomy of Sound: A Workshop with Amy Porter
Amy Porter - flute
In a versatile and distinguished career as one of the world’s leading concert performers, American flutist Amy Porter has become one of the most skillful and creative muses for composers of our time. Critics uniquely note her “strength, beauty, a captivating and seductive force, sensitivity, perfection and a sense of humor.” Ms. Porter combines her exceptional musical talent with her passion for scholarship and her musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for her concerts and discography. Regarding German composer Sigfrid Karg-Elert, a reviewer from Spain notes, “from the other world he has been inspired and taking pride in the soul of his true muse, Amy Porter.”
Ms. Porter first leapt to international attention winning the Third Kobe International Flute Competition in Japan, which led to invitations to perform throughout the world. In 2005 she returned to Kobe, Japan to serve as the American jury member at the Sixth Kobe International Flute Competition. In 2001 she won the Paris/Ville d’Avray International Flute Competition in France, combined with the Alphonse Leduc Prize for outstanding musicianship. In the United States, Ms. Porter has won first prizes in the Young Artists Competitions of the National Flute Association, Artists International, Ima Hogg, and Flute Talk, among others. In 2006 Ms. Porter became the first performing artist by the University of Michigan to be named a Henry Russel Award recipient for distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher.
Ms. Porter is a Haynes Artist who performs recitals in the major concert halls of Asia and the United States with pianist Christopher Harding. She has performed as concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world. Ms. Porter has been heard in recital on National Public Radio, highlighted on PBS Live From Lincoln Center. She has been featured on the covers and written articles for Flute Talk Magazine in the USA and The Flute Magazine in Japan.
In the 2015-16 season, Ms. Porter gives one of the premiere performances as part of a consortium of Elegy, Soliloquy and Finale for flute and strings by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Ms. Porter is engaged for recitals in Seattle(WA), Kingsville (TX), Mobile (AL), Augusta (GA), Aiken (SC), and Ann Arbor (MI), and she will perform and record her commissioned concerto “Trail of Tears” by Michael Daugherty with the Albany (NY) Symphony and with the Billings (MT) Symphony. She will also perform at the 2015 National Flute Association Convention in Washington, D.C. An avid arranger and editor of educational study guides, Carl Fischer Publishers produced Ms. Porter’s arrangement of the Six Cello Suites by J.S. Bach for Flute. Simultaneously she released a two-CD set of selections from the Cello Suites, recorded in Ann Arbor’s historic Hill Auditorium and available on the Equilibrium record label.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Ms. Porter is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York. Her teachers at Juilliard were Samuel Baron and Jeanne Baxtresser, and in Austria her teachers were Alain Marion and Peter-Lukas Graf. After Juilliard, she held the position of Associate Principal Flute in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for eight years before becoming Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. She is the founder and Past President of the non-profit Southeast Michigan Flute Association. She is founder of the popular workshop, “Amy Porter’s Anatomy of Sound” held annually in Ann Arbor with Professor of Theatre (Movement) Jerald Schwiebert and internationally renowned guests. She also is the master teacher for the MPULSE Summer Institute for advanced High School students at U of M.
My adult workshop at The University of Michigan is called The Anatomy of Sound - A Workshop for Flutists and it happens every year in collaboration with Jerald Schwiebert, Assistant Professor of Theater and Laura Dwyer, Certified Yoga Instructor and professional flutist. Through this class we have been able to help many people to find their distinctive voice on the flute. This class attracts amateurs, students and professional musicians, all in different levels of life and music.
After leaving the workshop they all seem to find a deeper meaning in their art because they've let go and heard their own voice in new ways. Students find that they are producing tone by using the body's wisdom, further assisting them in finding their own way in music and in life. I can see now that this pathway is touching hearts. Some students come away using the "Anatomy" and the "Sound" lessons in their daily life, and they are transformed. Healed. Productive. Happy and healthy at the same time!
Amy Porter, Professor of Flute at the University of Michigan, presents the ‘Anatomy of Sound’ workshops every year, and this very enjoyable two-disc DVD set is a product of these workshops. The title may suggest that it is a tone focus DVD but, in fact, it covers all aspects of flute technique. Amy and her colleagues present a holistic approach to playing the instrument with perspectives involving body, mind, and spirit. It consists of short bite-sized lessons including a 30-minute yoga class. There are lots of great tips and advice to try, and on more than one occasion I found myself pressing the pause button and reaching for my flute. I particularly enjoyed a section where Amy demonstrated and gave advice on how to approach the standard daily exercises by Taffanel and Gaubert, and others. This was a very helpful inclusion.
Laura Dwyer, a Certified Yoga Instructor as well as a professional flautist gives a 30-minute yoga class which has been specifically tailored to benefit the flautist. It is evident that a lot of thought has gone into this class, and when you try playing your flute afterwards, you will be pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
The DVD also has extremely helpful insights into breathing, and it is evident that these have been well researched. At the BFS Convention in August 2012, Amy give a beautiful recital and it was lovely to have the opportunity to hear her play again on DVD. All levels of players will benefit from the tips and advice offered by Amy and her colleagues in this workshop, but it will be of particular benefit to intermediate and advanced students.
I must also note that the quality of production and editing is of a high standard. The only reservation I have is that American style of effusive enthusiasm does not always translate well for an Anglo-European audience, thought this did not take away from my overall enjoyment of this informative DVD. This disc would make a lovely Christmas gift for the serious flute player or enthusiast. At USD $75 (approximately ₤50), it is not a cheap DVD set, but does represent good value in terms of the hours of learning with leading professionals which it contains. The DVD is available online via Amy’s website at www.amyporter.com
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