Robert Dick has utterly dispensed with preconceptions about what a flutist should sound like and what a flutist should play. A true revolutionary composer/performer/improviser, he has literally redefined the flute for our age.  He has worked with a wide range of musicians from classical, jazz and improvised music backgrounds including Steve Lacy, Ursel Schlicht, Dave Soldier, Ned Rothenberg, John Zorn and many others. Since he began composing and improvising in the 1970s, he has pursued the core idea that acoustic instruments are capable of sonic vocabularies and musical expression extending far beyond their traditional sonorities and musical roles. 

Robert’s newest CDs are “The Galilean Moons” (NEMU 017) - duos with pianist Ursel Schlicht and “Our Cells Know” (Tzadik 4015) — solo contrabass flute improvisations

Robert received the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.  His work has also been recognized with a Pro Musicis Foundation International Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Composer’s Fellowships and numerous grants and commissions.  Most importantly, Robert’s music has been performed by thousands of flutists around the globe.

The Glissando Headjoint® is Robert’s invention.  This telescoping flute mouthpiece does for the flute what the “whammy bar” does for the electric guitar. 

For complete info on the Glissando Headjoint®, Robert’s recordings, books, music, DVDs and performance and class schedule, please visit  

Reviled for his "shapeless sonic tinkering" by the Los Angeles Times, oakland musician matt ingalls is a composer, clarinetist, concert producer, and computer music programmer. Often incorporating elements of improvisation, his music is heavily influenced by his long involvement in computer music. His composerly solo improvisations explore extended clarinet techniques that interact with the acoustic space, often as combination tones. Matt is the founder and co-director of sfSound, a new music series, ensemble, and internet radio station devoted to new ideas and traditions of experimental music, performance art, live electronic music, Bay Area composition, and the various facets of contemporary improvisation.

Rome Prize and Berlin Prize winner Ken Ueno is a composer, vocalist and sound artist. Ueno’s collaborators include the Hilliard Ensemble, Kim Kashkashian and Robyn Schulkowsky, Steve Schick and SFCMP, and Frances-Marie Uitti. His music has been performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has performed as soloist in his vocal concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in New York and Boston, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Lithuanian National Symphony, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, and with orchestras in North Carolina and California. Ueno is currently Associate Professor in Music at UC Berkeley, where he holds the Jerry and Evelyn Hemmings Chambers Distinguished Professorship in Music.  His bio appears in The Grove Dictionary of American Music.

Flutist Diane Grubbe freelances throughout the Bay Area, appearing with regional orchestras including Symphony Silicon Valley, Festival Opera, Lamplighters, Pocket Opera and others. Diane often performs with the contemporary music ensemble sfSoundGroup and has been a guest performer with Earplay, the Eco Ensemble, Santa Cruz New Music Works and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. In 2015 Diane premiered composer/guitarist Giovanni Piacentini’s Los Murmullos for alto flute and guitar as part of the Mex-I-Am festival in San Francisco. Diane is also the flautista in Quinteto Latino, the Bay Area wind quintet specializing in classical and contemporary music from Latin America. In 2012 the quintet released its debut CD, 100 Years of Mexican Music for Wind Quintet. That same year the quintet commissioned and premiered Voces del Desierto by Guillermo Galindo. Following the premiere, they performed this important performance piece in New York and also Tulsa, Oklahoma, where it was featured at the 2014 National Performance Network conference. Quinteto Latino is excited to be joining a select group of artists performing at Chamber Music America's 40th Anniversary Conference in January, 2018. 

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