“Recorders with Attitude!” ( Brighton Early Music Festival)
i Flautisti – The London Recorder Quartet – are making a name for themselves by challenging preconceptions of recorder playing and delivering inspirational repertoire with imagination and creativity.
The ensemble is bringing a fresh approach to the idea of a modern consort, combining the vision and diversity of C21st composers with exciting performances that encourage admiration for their instrument.
This year sees the continuation of i Flautisti’s concert concept; to support the continuing creation and production of new music by premiering new works in many of the performances they give. Collaborations with worldwide composers and the group’s enthusiasm to maintain these have already resulted in three World Premieres in 2010. Linking this with the ensemble members’ eagerness to arrange existing works constantly encourages the growth of repertoire for recorder.
“This young ensemble is one to watch.” ( BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’)
The group has appeared as Young Artists of the Newbury Spring and Bury St. Edmunds Festivals, showcasing two World Premieres at these. 2010 saw the inclusion of i Flautisti in the Festival Mitte Europa to promote German-Czech cultural interactions. The event has been described as one that ‘melts borders melt away’ and i Flautisti are extremely enthusiastic about having developed their relations with Czech-born composer Jan Rokyta and performing these compositions and their own arrangements of exisiting German musical works in the festival.
i Flautisti have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and ‘The Early Music Show’. The ensemble also performed ‘Rituals of the Seasons’, their first staged theatrical piece alongside a singer and reciter, as part of their Young Artists concert for the Brighton Early Music Festival 2010. i Flautisti were also the featured ensemble in the Summer Issue of The Recorder Magazine.
“…stylishly played by i Flautisti, the ‘Girls Aloud’ of Baroque music!” ( BBC Radio 3 ‘The Early Music Show’)
In 2011 the ensemble has their debut recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, will be Young Artists at Cheltenham, Grassington Arts and Leamington Festivals, appearing at the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice in the Czech Republic, and premiering a new piece written for them by young composer Dominic Irving, entitled ‘Soundclouds – …a soundscape for four improvising recorder players.’
The group also looks forward to continuing representation by Tanja Classical Music Agency in Prague, and by Culture Mediation International in Vienna, a management agency that seeks to promote diverse and creative artists throughout Europe.