“The bow of a flutist.” You heard it right! – although it is (of course) a metaphor for Air. Join Laura in this video to explore this prominent aspect of flute playing and what to look out for in terms blowing.
A native of Colombia, flutist Laura del Sol Jiménez has won numerous awards throughout her career, highlighted by the expressiveness and poised technical accuracy of her performances. She has performed in Argentina, Chile, Israel, Italy, Japan, the United States, and her native Colombia.
Laura serves as flute and music history faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music as well as director of the Karger College Prep program and is currently a doctoral degree candidate at the Manhattan School of Music.
She has appeared as soloist with many orchestras and is equally at home as a chamber musician. In 2015, Laura founded Linos trio, which toured Colombia and produced a much-acclaimed album premiering music of contemporary Latin American composers.
Laura also wants to share the myth of the Syrinx with you as part of her program.
It tells the story of the river nymph, Syrinx, who was pursued by the god Pan. Pan falls in love with Syrinx, however, as Syrinx does not return the love to Pan, he chases violently after Syrinx. In panic, Syrinx runs to the edge of the water and begs the water nymphs to help her escape Pan’s pursuit. In response, she is transformed into a bundle of hollow reeds. Pan discovers the reeds, which created a haunting sound when the god’s frustrated breath blew across them. Pan subsequently cut the reeds and fashioned them into a set of pan pipes, known better today as a pan flute and played this melody.