Howling Winds

All right here is the show as promised!
Below you will find the program and each of the six pieces (plus a really fun encore!) listed in order. Click on the program to enlarge and see more information.  Hit the back arrow of your browser to exit this view.
In the bottom right corner of each video, you will find an HD option and a full screen option. Toggle these as your device allows.

Howling Winds was a blast to perform, and I am excited to finally share it with all of you!
Thanks again to Patricia, Blair, Anita and Rene for making this show happen.
Enjoy!

 

Phantom Orchid

Here is the recording of Phantom Orchid, as promised.  The SoundCloud version is posted below this video.

Phantom Orchid is an instrumental concept album set in Seattle. The flower that gives the program its name grows naturally in the Olympic Mountains and nearby areas in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike most orchids, which are epiphytes, the phantom orchid grows in the nutrient rich forest floor which is layered with dead plant debris. It does not feed off of sunlight, has no chlorophyll and is pure white except for occassional yellow coloring inside the flowers. This white color gives the flower its name. It has become increasingly hard to find as its natural habitat becomes more scarce. The program combines contemporary classical and jazz styles and is an electroacoustic mixed ensemble work. The total running time is about 41 minutes.

Program:

The Sirens for two flutes

The Apparition for flute, clarinet and electronics

Some Other Nightmare for jazz quartet

Euryale’s Lament for solo flute

Phantom Orchid for jazz quartet, clarinet and electronics

The Sirens: Reprise for two flutes

Composition by Ammon Swinbank
Electronics designed by Patricia Cardona

Performers:
Ammon Swinbank, flute (www.ammonswinbank.com)
Gabe Terracciano, violin (www.gabeterracciano.com)
Jonathan Gardner, bass
Blair Perry, clarinet
Patricia Cardona, electronics and flute (www.patriciacardonaflute.wordpress.com)
Paul Shaw, drums (www.paulshawmusic.com)

Upcoming Show: Phantom Orchid

It’s one month away from the big day, and it’s time to unveil the big news!

What news is that, you ask?

On Friday May 12th at 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time is the world premiere of my first full-length work, Phantom Orchid.

Phantom Orchid is a concept album which combines contemporary classical music and jazz to tell a story about the pursuit of happiness and the dangers that can arise along the way. It takes its name from the phantom orchid, an elusive plant that can be found growing on the dark floor of dense forests in the Pacific Northwest. This orchid is becoming increasingly hard to find as its natural habitat becomes more rare.


This concert partially fulfills the requirements for the Master of Music degree at New York University. It is free and open to the public. There will be a reception after the show.  Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the flyer.

Phantom Orchid is:

Patricia Cardona, flute and electronics
Gabe Terracciano, violin
Ammon Swinbank, flute and composition
Nial Radhitia Djuliarso, piano
Jonathan Scott Gardner, bass
Paul Shaw, drums
Blair Perry, clarinet

Friday May 12, 2017
7:00pm

Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Free and Open to the Public

Click on image to enlarge.

Artwork by Alex Pappas.

Summer in Review

Hello everyone!  It is late summer, things are really getting hot and humid (in New York City at least), and it’s time to catch up on what has been happening during the sunny months.  On June 13th I had the wonderful experience of performing at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), directed by Hubert Howe.  Thank you for thinking of me Hubert!  I played Anamnese for flute and electronics by Hiromi Watanabe.  The video recording of the performance at Abrons Arts Center is posted below.

On June 21st I had the opportunity to be a part of Make Music New York, thanks to Dary John Mizelle.  For this event, he brought together Mariko Endo (dance), Cesare Papetti (vibraphone), Monika Haar (toy piano), and myself on flute to play his Metalsong III.  The flute part was originally a solo called Silverwind, which can be heard on soundcloud.  Mizelle himself performed on an instrument of his own invention which can be seen in the photographs below.  Click on them to enlarge, and hit the back arrow of your browser when you are done.  All photographs were taken by Carey Macarthur.  More photographs of this event can be found here.

Thank you for viewing!  Enjoy 🙂

~Ammon

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Upcoming Performance in New York City

Hello everyone!  Summer is here, and I hope it is bringing sunshine and lemonade to everyone this year.  I would like to announce that I will be performing at Abrons Art Center on Monday June 13th for the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF). The show starts at 8pm, and I am the second performer after intermission. I will be playing Hiromi Watanabe’s Anamnese for flute and electronics via Max/msp. Come check it out if you are in NYC! You won’t be disappointed 🙂

Four Simple Ways to Make the Most of Your Practice (repost)

Here is an article with some simple but excellent reminders for practicing well, which I found while perusing secondinversion.org.  Enjoy 🙂

by Joshua RomanI’m gearing up for the next trip as my 3 week stint at home in NYC comes to a close. It’s been nice to have so much time in one spot, especially as I’m putting the final touches on my new(ish) apartment space and getting my taxes out of the way. I love to use my time

Source: Four Simple Ways to Make the Most of Your Practice Session | SECOND INVERSION

New Recording!

Hi all!  I just posted a recording of my most recent performance.  On February 21, I had the honor of performing Dary John Mizelle’s Silverwind for solo flute.  Published in 1990, this solo flute piece has two movements: ‘bagatelle’ and ‘dance.’  The bagatelle is short and sweet, a sort of daydream that recalls a jazz improvisation.  The dance, in contrast, is a non-stop tour de force executed in strange meters that make one think of a dancing centipede.  I worked extra hard on this piece, and loved performing it in Loewe Theatre at NYU Steinhardt.  I have included the soundcloud link below.  Enjoy!

2015 in review

I’m glad wordpress sent me this report.  Brazil and Italy?  Even India has a little shading!  How cool is that?

Also, thanks everyone for reading! (More posts & updated site to follow this year).

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 850 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 14 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Stabilizing in the Whirlwind

Hi all,

I am writing, finally, from the Glorious Big Apple.  Some of you may be wondering if I made it here alive since I have drifted into near total silence.  But I am here, I am well, and am enjoying my stay here in Manhattan while I look for a place to live.  I am so blessed to be able to live in this amazing city, and I am excited to share with you all the wonderful adventures that await!  In the meantime, I dusted off an old recording of Hush: Eric Barber & Friends, a gig I was part of in Seattle in October of 2014.  I took out this excerpt of a duet between Eric Barber and I and have posted it here for your listening pleasure.  Eric, wherever you are,  thanks again for such an amazing opportunity!  I hope our paths cross again.