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Join us for Flute Favorites: Clichés and Contrasts - an evening of popular flute repertoire with a modern twist! Revel in sublime classical melodies and glorious romantic lyricism intertwined with jazzy harmonies and energetic rhythms. Get up close and personal with this mold-breaking recital experience!
Seetha Shivaswamy, flute
Seetha Shivaswamy performs as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. She has toured internationally with and recorded for Grammy/Oscar winning 'Slumdog Millionaire' composer A.R. Rahman, and is the featured flutist on his single 'Pray for Me Brother' written for the United Nations. Her flute playing can also be heard on NYC-based experimental artist DJ Spooky's album 'The Secret Song', the soundtrack to 2012 film 'Bernie' starring Jack Black and Shirley MacClaine, the UK feature 'Bombil and Beatrice', released at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and on the soundtrack for Terrence Malick's film 'To The Wonder', starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams.
She is a frequent performer at South by Southwest Music Festival, Fusebox Festival, SAARANG at IIT Madras, and Austin Chamber Music Festival. She can also be heard on several recordings for PBS documentaries, TV commercials, and video games. Seetha is a faculty artist with Austin Chamber Music Center, mentors students at the El-Sistema inspired program Austin Soundwaves, and maintains an active private flute studio. She holds a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.
Please visit www.austinflute.com for more information about the artist.
Graham Yates, piano
Graham Yates found his element when he learned that even as a pianist he did not have to play all by himself. His performing career is almost exclusively in collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, choirs, chamber groups, pit bands and orchestras.
Mr. Yates holds a BA in piano performance from Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, and a Master of Music with an emphasis in piano accompaniment from Brandon University in Manitoba. In 2014, he relocated from British Columbia, Canada where he was the director of two music schools, to Texas, where he owns Cypress Piano Studio near Houston.