Classical flutist puts some swing into his playingby Alison Young, Minnesota Public Radio
He's got rhythm and he's got music, what more could University of Minnesota flute professor Immanuel Davis ask for? How about a new jazz-inspired flute sonata.
St. Paul, Minn. — Flutist Immanuel Davis will be in Minnesota on a more permanent basis. He has just received tenure in his position as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota.
One of the reasons Mr. Davis is having such success in his career is his beautiful playing in creatively programmed solo recitals.
He's always on the lookout for new and unusual music and for his upcoming recital this Sunday, he'll play a piece he commissioned by an elusive jazz pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin.
It's not exactly a cross-over piece, and it puts no expectation on the performer to improvise, but none-the-less, the new flute sonata has a clear drive and rhythm, which in this Russian's hands sounds like American-styled jazz.
Immanuel Davis stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to talk with host and former flutist Alison Young and to share discuss his disc 'Prevailing Winds.'