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“The irrepressibly creative flutist and new-music advocate celebrates the release of her new album, ‘Giantess,’ which features music of Shulamit Ran, Carter Pann, Augusta Read Thomas and others. All of which is designed to express ‘profoundly human, soul-filled stories’…” Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, November 8, 2019

 

“The tone Brown draws from her flute is meltingly beautiful—rounded, seamless through all registers, robust. ”

Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review, November 2019

 

“As evidenced by this album, Jennie Oh Brown really understands Schwantner’s compositional intent, and her playing reflects the beauty, intensity, rawness, and virtuosity his music requires. She excels in changing characters rapidly, and her beautiful, expressive sound is perfectly suited to Schwantner’s emotional, lyrical, and acrobatic music.”

-Jennifer Slaughter, National Flute Association Flutist Quarterly, Fall 2016

 

Jennie Brown embraces an entrepreneurial spirit in her career.  She is the newly confirmed Artistic Director of Ear Taxi Festival 2020, and is celebrating the release of her second solo album titled Giantess featuring the music of Carter Pann, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Valerie Coleman, and Misook Kim.  Shortly after its release, it was featured in Howard Reich’s Best Classical Albums of 2019, Chicago Tribune  December 8, 2019.

 

Brown is an active performer throughout Chicago in solo, chamber, contemporary, and orchestral settings.  She released her debut solo album on Innova Recordings in 2015, “Looking Back: Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner,” to critical praise, including an Honorable Mention in New York Classical Review Critic George Grella’s “Best Classical Albums of 2015” list.

 

Her newest project is a trio album titled Vox with the Heare Ensemble featuring Vox Balaenae by George Crumb and works by Stacy Garrop, Narong Prangcharoen, and Carter Pann.  As a member of the Heare ensemble, Brown premiered a newly commissioned work by Carter Pann titled Melodies for Robert in 2017 for flute, cello and piano through SDG Music Foundation.

Brown was recently confirmed as the Artistic Director of Ear Taxi Festival together with Lead Curator Michael Lewanski.  Ear Taxi Festival which will launch on October 8 – 12, 2020 and will showcase Chicago’s vibrant new music community.  Additionally, she launched the New Music Chicago Presents series at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2019 which will continue in 2020, a monthly noon-time concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center which features music written since 2000 by living composers. Brown serves as Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Picosa, launching a new four concert series in Allen Recital Hall at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center in 2019-20.  The ensemble also holds residencies at Elmhurst and North Central Colleges, and previously held a short-term residency at Roosevelt University. Entering its sixth season, the ensemble performs regularly on Chicago’s most prestigious concert series including Live from WFMT, Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago, and The Rush Hour Concert Series at St James Cathedral.  For the Ear Taxi Festival (a city-wide celebration showcasing world-class new music), Brown performed as both a soloist and member of Picosa.  Brown has also performed with elite ensembles including recent performances with Eighth Blackbird, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. 

Brown is on faculty at Interharmony International Music Festival, Italy, where she gave the European premiere of Carter Pann’s Giantess with pianist Geoffrey Burleson.  She is founder, director and faculty member of Credo Flute where she works with Bonita Boyd and other notable faculty.  She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions, numerous times on WFMT radio, and was interviewed by Narimon Safavi for WBEZ’s Worldview regarding her Midwest premiere of Valerie Coleman’s powerful Hair, Cloth, Thread for flute and percussion

In 2019, Brown launched the New Music Chicago Presents… concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center as the first recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ArtSpace Grant, featuring New Music Chicago members performing repertoire written since 2000 by living composers.  The series was given a major feature article by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune in February 2019 as well as an interview with Cindy Bravo on Comcast Community Network. 

Brown has recently published articles in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly, Flute Talk, and Chicago Flute Club’s Pipeline Magazine.  She is also coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition which features winning compositions of the Newly Published Music Competition. Dr. Brown has also performed in music festivals including Aspen, the Music Academy of the West, and Norfolk.  She graduated from the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), and serves on the faculty of Wheaton College (since 2002) and Elmhurst College (since 2012). She performs on a Brannen 10k flute and a 18k Lafin headjoint, Yamaha brass alto flute, a Keefe and Powell grenadilla piccolo, and a C. Palanca/Wenner Grenadilla Traverso.

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“The irrepressibly creative flutist and new-music advocate celebrates the release of her new album, ‘Giantess,’ which features music of Shulamit Ran, Carter Pann, Augusta Read Thomas and others. All of which is designed to express ‘profoundly human, soul-filled stories’…” Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, November 8, 2019 

 

Jennie Brown believes today’s artists are responsible for bringing meaningful change to society and uses this core belief to fuel her entrepreneurial spirit. She is Artistic and Executive Director of Ear Taxi 2020, the second iteration of Augusta Read Thomas’ milestone 2016 Ear Taxi Festival.  Ear Taxi 2020 centers around the theme, “HEAR ALL VOICES.” and will showcase Chicago’s vibrant new and experimental music community with concerts throughout the Chicago area in October of 2020. She is also celebrating the release of her second solo album dedicated to her grandmothers and titled Giantess, featuring the music of Carter Pann, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Valerie Coleman, and Misook Kim. Shortly after its release, it was featured in Chicago Tribune lead critic Howard Reich’s Best Classical Albums of 2019.  Her third Innova Recordings album, Vox, was commercially released on January 24th, 2020.  Brown’s debut solo album on Innova Recordings in 2015, “Looking Back: Flute Music of Joseph Schwantner,” received critical praise, including an Honorable Mention by New York Classical Review Critic George Grella on his personal “Best Classical Albums of 2015” list.

Brown serves as Artistic Director of Picosa, a chamber ensemble that holds residencies at Elmhurst College and North Central College with ongoing concert series at DePaul University’s stunning Holtschneider Performing Arts Center and The Driehaus Museum and performances in many of Chicago’s extraordinary concert series. Brown has also performed numerous times on WFMT radio and with elite ensembles including recent performances with Eighth Blackbird, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago. As the first and ongoing recipient of the ArtSpace grant from Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Brown also launched New Music Chicago Presents at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2019, a monthly noon-time concert series featuring 21st century music written by living composers.  Brown launched and serves as director and faculty member of Credo Flute, where she has taught with Bonita Boyd, Walfrid Kujala, and other notable faculty since 2015.  She has performed in six National Flute Association (NFA) conventions and also coordinates both the NFA Convention Performers Competition and the 2020 Chicago premiere of the NFA flute choir commission by Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe.  Most notably, she will give the 2020 NFA Convention Premiere of Sungji Hong’s Vidimus Stellam commissioned for the NFA’s Young Artists Competition.  Dr. Brown serves on the faculties of Wheaton College and Elmhurst College and the Executive Boards of Chamber Music America and New Music Chicago.VERY SHORT BIOS

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JENNIE OH BROWN, Flutist; Artistic/Executive Director, Ear Taxi 2020; Artistic Director, Picosa, an ensemble collective. Jennie’s solo album, Giantess, was featured in “Howard Reich’s Best Classical Albums of 2019,” (Chicago Tribune). She is the creator of Credo Flute, a professional development program at Elmhurst College, and New Music Chicago Presents, as well as an active contributor and competition coordinator for the National Flute Association. She is a graduate of The Eastman School (DMA, MM), Northwestern (BM), and Interlochen (HS), and serves on the faculties of Elmhurst and Wheaton colleges. (Chicago, IL)

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Concert Flutist Jennie Oh Brown’s solo album, Giantess, was featured in Howard Reich’s Best Classical Albums of 2019, (Chicago Tribune 12/6/19).  She is Artistic and Executive Director of Ear Taxi 2020 and Picosa, the creator of Credo Flute and New Music Chicago Presents, and an active contributor and competition coordinator for the National Flute Association. Published Articles: Flute Talk, Flutists Quarterly. Faculty: Elmhurst College and Wheaton College.  Graduate: Eastman (DMA, MM), Northwestern (BM), Interlochen (HS).

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Jennie Oh Brown is Executive and Artistic Director of Ear Taxi 2020 and Picosa, and Director/Faculty of Credo Flute. Her recordings include: Giantess, Vox, Looking Back. She serves on the board of Chamber Music America and faculties of Wheaton and Elmhurst Colleges. MM/DMA: ESM, BM: NU, HS: IAA

 

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“The irrepressibly creative flutist and new music advocate celebrates the release of her new album…”

 Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, November 8, 2019

 

“The tone Brown draws from her flute is meltingly beautiful—rounded, seamless through all registers, robust. ”

Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review, November 2019

 

Best Classical Albums of 2019, Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, December 6, 2019

 

Jennie Brown is an entrepreneurial artist with a vibrant and eclectic career performing all flutes.  Brown was recently confirmed as the Artistic Director of Ear Taxi Festival together with Curatorial Director Michael Lewanski.  Ear Taxi Festival will launch on October 8 – 12, 2020 and will showcase Chicago’s vibrant community of new and experimental musicians.  Additionally, she launched and curated the New Music Chicago Presents series at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2019 as the first recipients of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ArtSpace grant.  The series begins its second season in January 2020 to continue presenting monthly noon-time concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center featuring New Music Chicago members and friends performing 21st century music written by living composers.  

She serves as Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Picosa, launching a new four concert series in Allen Recital Hall at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center in 2019-20 and ongoing concerts at the Driehaus Museum, while holding residencies at Elmhurst and North Central Colleges.  The ensemble performs regularly on Chicago’s prestigious concert series including Ear Taxi Festival 2016, Live from WFMT with Kerry Frumkin, Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago, and The Rush Hour Concert Series at St James Cathedral.  

Brown is the founder and director of Credo Flute, now entering its sixth season, where she serves on faculty with Bonita Boyd, Walfrid Kujala, and elite flutists.  She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions and is also the coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition whose winners are featured in concert performing winning compositions of the Newly Published Music Competition. Additionally, she is the Chicago coordinator for the premiere of the  NFA’s flute choir commission of Julia Wolfe, which will take place on April 21, 2020 at the Chicago Cultural Center.  

Brown has performed numerous times on WFMT and was interviewed by Narimon Safavi for WBEZ’s Worldview regarding her Midwest premiere of Valerie Coleman’s powerful Hair, Cloth, Thread for flute and percussion.  She graduated from Eastman (DMA, MMPRL with Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), and serves on the faculties of Wheaton College (since 2002), Elmhurst College (since 2012), and previously Interharmony International Music Festival, Italy.  She is a member of the Executive Boards of Chamber Music America.  She performs on a Brannen 10k flute and a 18k Lafin headjoint, Yamaha brass alto flute, a Keefe and Powell grenadilla piccolo, and a Palanca/Wenner Grenadilla Traverso. 

Recent Recordings:

Innova 043: Giantess (solo, released in 2019)

Innova 040: Vox (Heare Ensemble – Trio, to be released in January 2020)

Innova 919: Looking Back: Music of Joseph Schwantner (solo, released in 2016)

Parma Recordings: Crimson and Lace (Ensemble, released 2015)

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