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BIO

“The irrepressibly creative flutist and new music advocate celebrates the release of her new album…”  Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, November 8, 2019 (Giantess Innova 043)

“The tone Brown draws from her flute is meltingly beautiful—rounded, seamless through all registers, robust. ” Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review, November 2019 (Giantess release concert, Constellation Chicago)

Best Classical Albums of 2019, Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, December 6, 2019 (Giantess Innova 043)

“The performances are flawless, and the recording quality excellent; Vox Balaenae is a timeless masterpiece.” Max Christie, TheWholeNote.com, May 5, 2020 (Vox Innova 040)

“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 (Looking Back Innova 919)

A renowned flutist, collaborator, entrepreneur, and educator, Jennie Brown embraces an innovative spirit in her career. She is Executive and Artistic Director of Ear Taxi Festival and celebrates the release of her second solo album, Giantess. Produced by Innova Records and featuring the music of Carter Pann, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Valerie Coleman, and Giantess has won widespread acclaim.

Brown is Executive and Artistic Director of Ear Taxi Festival, a showcase of Chicago’s vibrant community of new and experimental musicians. With over 110 proposals received, Ear Taxi Festival will launch in 2021 throughout Chicago with concerts, keynote panel discussions with leaders in the field, professional development workshops, and premieres of major commissions. Additionally, Brown launched and curated the New Music Chicago Presents series at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2019 as the first recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ArtSpace grant.  The series features New Music Chicago members and friends performing 21st century music written by living composers in monthly noon-time concerts at Claudia Cassidy Theater. 

Brown is flutist and Executive and Artistic Director of Picosa, a Chicago-based chamber ensemble with concert series at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center and the Driehaus Museum. Picosa also holds residencies at Elmhurst College and North Central Colleges, where it is the featured ensemble for the Sounds of New Music annual festival. The ensemble will soon announce a new collaboration with the Epiphany Center for the Arts. The ensemble has been heard on many of 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 (Eastman School of Music), Walfrid Kujala (Emeritus, Northwestern University and Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Elizabeth Ostling (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Kelly Zimba (Toronto Symphony Orchestra).  She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions, will premiere the solo flute commission Sungji Hong’s Vidimus Stellam in 2021, and is also the coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention Performers Competition.

Brown is an active performer in Chicago, 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.  Brown serves on the boards of Chamber Music America and New Music Chicago. She remains indebted to her teachers Walfrid Kujala and Bonita Boyd and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS). She serves on the faculty of Wheaton College (since 2002) and Elmhurst University (since 2012), and Interharmony International Music Festival, Italy (2019).  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.

WEBSITE

JennieBrownFlute.com

 

RECENT RECORDINGS

Innova 043: Giantess (solo, 2019)

Innova 040: Vox (Heare Ensemble – trio, 2020)

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

Parma Recordings: Crimson and Lace (chorus and ensemble, 2015)

 

 

VERY SHORT BIOS

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JENNIE OH BROWN, Flutist; Artistic/Executive Director, Ear Taxi Festival; 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 flute intensive program at Elmhurst College, and New Music Chicago Presents, as well as an active performer 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 FlutistJennie 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 ofEar Taxi Festival andPicosa, the creator ofCredo Flute and New Music Chicago Presents, and an active contributor and competition coordinator for theNational 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 Festival and Picosa, and Director/Faculty of Credo Flute. Her recordings include: Giantess, Vox, Looking Back. She serves on the Chamber Music America Board and faculties of Wheaton College and Elmhurst University. JennieBrownFlute.com

 

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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 (Giantess Innova 043)

“The tone Brown draws from her flute is meltingly beautiful—rounded, seamless through all registers, robust. ” Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Classical Review, November 2019 (Giantess release concert, Constellation Chicago)

Best Classical Albums of 2019, Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune, December 6, 2019 (Giantess Innova 043)

“The performances are flawless, and the recording quality excellent; Vox Balaenae is a timeless masterpiece.” Max Christie, TheWholeNote.com, May 5, 2020 (Vox Innova 040)

“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 (Looking Back Innova 919)

A renowned flutist, collaborator, entrepreneur, and educator, Jennie Brown embraces an innovative spirit in her career. She is Executive and Artistic Director of Ear Taxi Festival and celebrates the release of her second solo album, Giantess. Produced by Innova Records and featuring the music of Carter Pann, Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Valerie Coleman, and Giantess has won widespread acclaim. Shortly after its release, it was featured in Howard Reich’sBest 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 latest 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 and Managing Director Jessica Wolfe.  Ear Taxi Festival will launch in 2021 and showcase Chicago’s vibrant new music community.  Additionally, she launched the New Music Chicago Presents series at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2019, an ongoing monthly noon-time concert series at the Chicago Cultural Center which features music written since 2000 by living composers, as the first recipient of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events ArtSpace Grant.  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 serves as Executive and Artistic Director of the chamber ensemble Picosa, launching a new four concert series in Allen Recital Hall at DePaul University’s Holtschneider Performance Center and at the Driehaus Museum 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 served 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 (Eastman School of Music), Walfrid Kujala (Emeritus, Northwestern University and Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Elizabeth Ostling (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and Kelly Zimba (Toronto Symphony Orchestra).  She has performed in six National Flute Association conventions, and will give the premiere of the commissioned solo piece Sungji Hong’s Vidimus Stellam in 2021. She has performed 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

Brown serves on the board of Chamber Music America and New Music Chicago. She 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 remains indebted to her teachers Walfrid Kujala and Bonita Boyd and is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (DMA, MM, Performers Certificate), Northwestern University (BM) and the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS). She serves on the faculty of Wheaton College (since 2002) and Elmhurst University (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.

WEBSITE

JennieBrownFlute.com

 

RECENT RECORDINGS

Innova 043: Giantess (solo, 2019)

Innova 040: Vox (Heare Ensemble – trio, 2020)

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

Parma Recordings: Crimson and Lace (chorus and ensemble, 2015)

PUBLISHING                                                                                       

FLUTE TALK MAGAZINE

Ask the Pro: Coping with Nerves, May 2018

Composing for Flute: Thoughts from Jennifer Higdon, Katherine Hoover, Carter Pann, December 2017.  

An Interview with Shulamit Ran, January 2015. 

 

NATIONAL FLUTE ASSOCIATION, THE FLUTIST QUARTERLY

Collaborative Play: Flutist-Composer Commissions, June 2015. 

 

CHICAGO FLUTE CLUB, PIPELINE MAGAZINE

Life Balance (Pipeline Editor Julie Marcotte interviewed me), April 2018

Behind the Scenes – Creating the album Music of Joseph Schwantner, March 2016.  

An Interview with Joseph Schwantner: The Composer at Work, March 2016

The NFA Comes to Chicago, June 2014

Chicago Flute Club Commissions: Celebrating the Chicago Flute Club’s 25 Years, June 2014