ALSO ON RAVELLO RECORDS

 

2015

COMPOSED

Jennifer Borkowski

 

 

OVERVIEW

As ocean waves continue their usual cycle of meeting the shore and returning to the vast blue wholeness, a certain kind of freedom, along with a sense of comfort for the unknown, can be found within their consistent movements. Drawing inspiration from nature and meditation, flutist and composer Jennifer Borkowski presents her debut Ravello Records release COMPOSED.

 

Borkowski creates a dialog between Western and Indian classical music with her adaptation of Anusvara by Shirish Korde, in which she uses a Western classical flute. Korde’s other work on this album, Tenderness of Cranes, offers imagery of nature:  the playful dance of cranes, wings flapping on water, and birds taking flight.

 

Marin Marias’ Les Folies d’Espagne and Claude Debussy’s Syrnix offer gestures of serenity and enlightenment. Borkowski’s fluid melodic lines, and steady and refined cadence provide moments of peace in which silence itself plays a substantial role. Borkowski programs two of her improvisations: The Calm Yet Constant Change Along the Shoreline and Still. Using loops and delays to create uncertainty and undefinable sonorities, Borkowski delivers layered and reflective tones which build to a heightened sense of self-awareness and reassurance of the undiscovered.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Jennifer Borkwoski has performed in ensembles and solo at international concert halls and festivals, including Academy of Music (PA), Carnegie Hall (NY), Musikverein (Austria), the Sagra Musicale Umbria (Italy), Konzerthaus (Austria), Darmstadt Ferienkurs (Germany), Wien Modern (Austria), and Steirischer Herbst (Austria)

 

She has taught master classes for the studios of Herbert Weissberg (Vienna Symphony) and Dieter Flury (Vienna Philharmonic) on extended techniques, modern repertoire, interpreting modern notation as well as on traditional repertoire

 

She was a founding member of the Ensemble-Zeitfluss Graz and the Ensemble Vienna Nova

 

Borkowski publishes research on the physical demands of performing experimental music. Her academic writing can be found in the book The Body is the Message and the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists

 

Borkowski earned a PhD in Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy from the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. She studied flute with Herbert Weissberg, Dieter Flury, Robert Dick, and Julius Baker

 

BIOGRAPHY

Jennifer Borkowski enjoys an active and varied career as a flutist, researcher, teacher, and composer. She was founding member of the Ensemble-Zeitfluss Graz and has performed with the Klangforum Wien at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and at modern music festivals Wien Modern and Steirischer Herbst. She has worked with composers such as Peter Ablinger, Nikolaus Huber, and Salvatore Sciarrino. Together with Andy Icochea, Borkowski co-founded the Ensemble Vienna Nova, performing chamber operas including three world premieres in Vienna’s Musikverein and at the Sagra Musicale Umbria in Italy. Prior to this period, she spent a decade as a freelance orchestral musician in the Philadelphia and New York areas.

 

Borkowski earned a Ph.D. in Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy from the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz. She publishes academic research on the physical demands of performing experimental music. Her academic writing can be found in the book The Body is the Message and the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. Flute related articles are in Flute Talk Magazine and Flute Focus. Borkowski has lectured at the Kael Franzens Universität Graz, The Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, The Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Gratz, The College Music Society National Conference, and at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge MA.

 

Born in Philadelphia, Borkowski is a long time resident of Vienna, Austria where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

 

  

 

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Release Date: November 13, 2015

Catalog #: RR7919

 

TRACK TITLES

 

1    Syrinx (Debussy)

 

2    Anusvara (Korde)

 

3    The Calm Yet Constant Change Along the Shoreline (Borkowski)

 

4    Les Folies d'Espagne (Marais)

 

5    Still (Borkowski)

 

6    Tenderness of Cranes (Korde)

 

 

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