I am proud to invite you to view my new music video. I am performing “Cantiga del Merolico II” by Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, with Darren Stevenson of PUSH Physical Theater.
Cantiga del Merolico II (1990/rev. 2014)
composed by Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon
This work is a tribute to the merolico, an exhuberant type of vendor that is often found in open markets in México. In order to attract customers, the merolico improvises florid and incessant monologues extolling the virtues of his merchandise, while ingenuously interspersing swift compliments to beautiful señoritas passing by and satirical remarks against those who ignore him. The merolico is able to adapt to his audience with a speed and accuracy that would make a chameleon die of shame.
Molly Alicia Barth, flutist
Darren Stevenson, dancer
Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, videographer
Lance Miller, audio recording engineer
Avi Pryntz-Nadworny, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Molly Alicia Barth, producers
Molly Barth has received a Career Opportunity Grant award from the Oregon Arts Commission.
This winter I have the great fortune to perform two very different, and both very substantial, works involving the alto flute. On February 6, 7 and 8, I will perform “The Planets” by Gustav Holst, with the Oregon Symphony. On March 24 I will perform “Le Marteau sans maître pour voix d’alto et six instruments” by Pierre Boulez, with a stellar cast of musicians, at the University of Kentucky.
I am now touring through Europe! My husband and son and I are visiting many locations throughout Europe.
My husband’s goal: to acquaint himself with the various traditions in wine-making (his line of work)
My agenda: to perform and work with students and colleagues at many highly esteemed venues
We will visit these locations:
France: Nyons, Narbonne, Toulouse, Varennes-sur-Loire, Brochon, and Cluny
Italy: Alba, Barolo, Sassoferrato, Milan and Vicenza
Austria: Vienna: I will work with students involved in the AHA Study Abroad Program: http://studyabroad.wwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11946
England: London and Brighton: I will work with composition students at the Royal College of Music and perform a chamber concert with the Riot Ensemble.
Hungary: Győr: I will work with flute students of Gergely Ittzes, and follow the workshop with a solo performance.
All pertinent details can be found in the “performances” section of my website.
I am anticipating a fun summer of orchestral flute playing with two fabulous orchestra festivals based in Oregon. in late June and early July I will be performing as principal flutist and piccoloist with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra. St John’s Passion, Copland Appalachian Spring and Mahler 2 are among the highlights of the festival. In August, I will be performing with the Britt Festival Orchestra: masterworks by Ravel and Stravinsky. I would love to see you all in the audience! Check out my performances tab for more details.
Sunday, April 19th, 3:00 pm
House Concert with Molly Barth & Brian McWhorter
Contemporary music and meditations
at Luna & Larry’s House (up the hill from the sanctuary)85344 Forest Hill Ln, Eugene, OR
Voluntary Suggested Donation: $10-15
In between performances of contemporary music from Molly Barth and Brian McWhorter, Brian will be discussing various techniques within four modalities of meditative practice: concentration, receptive awareness, contemplation and cultivation. With each technique engaged, the listeners’ perception of music can change – and while the effects of this are often fascinating (if not potentially and instantly enlightening) practicing a range of techniques like these can provide listeners with a clearer idea of how they themselves might listen to music.
Flutist Molly Barth will present “20th Century Flute Music of the Americas,” works for solo flute by composers from Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. Brian McWhorter will explore unknown territory in the world of improvisational trumpet playing. Molly and Brian are both professors at the University of Oregon.
Hosted By: Larry Kaplowitz
Please tune in to hear me perform on the April 9 “Thursday at Three” radio program! Robert McBride is the host of this exciting show, on which I will present “20th Century Flute Music of the Americas,” works for solo flute by composers from Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States. Composers include Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, David Del Tredici, George Rochberg and Omar Acosta. Pianist Ednaldo Borba will present two solo works as well, by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Marlos Nobre.
Duo Damiana is my most exciting pet project. Working with Dieter Hennings is an honor; he is constantly expanding my musical language. We have a fun-filled March tour: please visit our Duo Damiana page on this website to see tour details. On this tour, we are performing some of our favorite works, by Hebert Vázquez, Shafer Mahoney, Toru Takemitsu, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and Chen Yi. We are premiering a work by Scott Perkins and giving our first performance of a work composed in 2012 by Marc Satterwhite. Please check in afterwards; we may have some audio or video clips for your perusal. In the meantime, visit us on YouTube to view some past performances:
After participating in eight (YES, 8!) music festivals this summer, I have many current and future projects to continue my madness!
How I love the work I do: my students and fellow faculty members at the University of Oregon are a constant source of inspiration. This term I also have the opportunity to work with some very special guests who will travel to Oregon. Matt Albert (eighth blackbird former violinist) and Jeff Zeigler (Kronos Quartet former cellist) will visit in November to record two more works for my David Lang album, and David Riley will keep us on our toes with his magnificent piano chops during the session! A big thank you to Brian McWhorter, who has been producing all of these Lang pieces for me. Days after the Lang session ends, flutist Mary Stolper will travel from Chicago to perform a solo flute recital, on which I get to make a couple of cameo appearances. And in early November, when beatboxing flutist Greg Pattillo is passing through town with his Project Trio, the U of O flute studio will certainly be gleaning what we can from his concert! AND, I am super excited to be performing with Orchestra Next, the Oregon Symphony, the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Wind Quintet this Autumn.
Duo Damiana is a huge highlight of my life these days: Dieter Hennings and I had a fabulous time on our last tour, to Kentucky and Tennessee. And another tour awaits us, in March of 2015, when we head to Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. The flute and guitar world will never be the same now that we are here!
Summer is in full swing: festivals galore! I am participating in 7 festivals: Nief Norf (Greenville SC, May 30-June 7), Flute Extremes (Eugene OR, June 19-22), Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium (Eugene OR, June 29-July 5), U of O Band Camp (Eugene OR, July 14-18), National Flute Association Convention (Chicago IL, Aug 7-10), Britt Festival (Jacksonville OR, Aug 11-17), and last but not least the Sunriver Festival (Sunriver OR, Aug 18-20). What an inspirational time of year- superb weather, exciting colleagues and students, fantastic music. Life certainly is a blast!