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Bill Holcombe Tribute Concert

This is sad news. Holcombe has written a ton of stuff…..his Jazz Flute Concerto is one of my favorites.

From: Ricky Lombardo
Subject: [FLUTE] Bill Holcombe Tribute Concert
Date: April 13, 2010 1:55:13 PM PDT

Dear Flute Friends,

I attended a concert to honor Bill Holcombe this past Sunday, a tribute to the man and his music, put on by 40 of his friends. Many may not know it but Bill is very ill with terminal cancer. He is very frail and now in a wheelchair. Many of you know Bill Holcombe for his flute arrangements. However, most of the music world knows him for his work with concert band, strings, sax quartets, brass quintets and jazz band. He has had a career many musicians can only dream about. This concert was totally his arrangements and compositions. None of his flute works were showcased. His friends must have traveled from all over to be part of this one time event because I and the local musicians performing did not recognize most of the band members. Two links were sent in an e-mail I received the night before the concert. The first is a to an article in one of our local newspapers. The second is for a facebook page set up by someone for Bill. I thought many would like to know about Bill and his condition as well as reading about his amazing music career.



Although this was an amazing concert with phenomenal musicians, it was sad to see Bill in this condition. However, he still has that smile and of course a lot to say between songs. His wife Helen of 60 years was going to sing a song but didn’t in the end. Although we don’t see that much of one another, Bill and I live only about 15 minutes apart.

Ricky Lombardo

How Nagahara Flutes Are Made

This is a great article telling a little of how Nagahara flutes are made using CNC technology.
“The greatest flute players in the world strive for a uniquely personal sound to the way they play their instruments and interpret each piece of music. For this reason, these professionals often choose hand-made instruments that enhance these artistic efforts. Nagahara Flutes is a company that caters to the needs of top-ranking flute players. Its customers include Sir James Galway, Ian Anderson (singer and flute player of Jethro Tull fame) and many leading performers in orchestras worldwide. The individually crafted instruments are produced in silver, gold or platinum.”

Ted Neff

This is a sad story. Original article here.
A Vallejo man was arraigned in Martinez on Wednesday on charges that he murdered a man in his home in Bay Point, stole property, including a custom-made gold-plated flute, and then set the man’s house on fire, prosecutor Harold Jewett said Wednesday.

Alejandro Rivera, a 23-year-old male escort, met the victim, 66-year-old Theodore Neff, on Craigslist and had a sexual relationship with him, Jewett said.

The two men got into an argument on Dec. 3, during which Rivera allegedly strangled Neff.

At some point after the murder, Rivera allegedly went back into Neff’s home at 542 Bustos Place in unincorporated Bay Point, stole property and allegedly set the house on fire, Jewett said.

They have caught the guy, and charged him with murder, arson and burglary. The whole story is messed up.

Jim Walker Masterclass

This was posted on the Galway Flute Chat list:

Southern California flutists were delighted to be treated to a
Masterclass by Sir James this last November in Malibu. For a variety
of reasons, masterclasses by high-profile flutists are a relative
rarity in the Los Angeles area, especially considering how large the
flute community is in Southern California. Fortunately, the tireless
and amazing Jim Walker has decided to offer an annual week-long
Masterclass right here in Los Angeles!
Jim is pleased to announce his first annual week-long Masterclass & Seminar, taking place at the beautiful new facilities at the Colburn School in Los Angeles June 16-21, 2008.

Guest Artists for Flute Week 2008 include Viviana Cumplido, Principal Flutist with the Phoenix Symphony, and Los Angeles Flutist Heather Clark.

Jim Walker’s “Beyond the Masterclass” Flute Week will follow an intense daily schedule that is both highly performance-oriented and designed to offer instruction on topics that students will face as professional musicians in the real world. Performers will play in masterclass, receive a private lesson, attend all seminars, play in flute ensemble, perform in recital, and attend two special flute concerts given by Jim and Viviana. Several options for auditing the class are also available.

Many more details about the class and registration forms can be found at www.jimwalkerflute.com/beyond.

Brochures to post or to hand out to students can also be downloaded and printed from the website.

Jim is very excited about the class this year and it promises to be a valuable opportunity for everyone who will participate.

Feel free to send any inquiries to: jwmasterclass@gmail.com

Greg Milliren
Jim Walker’s Flute Week Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA”

If you have not heard of Jim Walker, you haven’t been to the movies recently. You need to check him out.