My Awarded Projects
An evening-length work investigating assimilation and identity to reveal how the willing erasure of self serves as a means of renewal.Created By: Helen Simoneau
Nathalie JoachimChicago, IL
Nathalie Joachim is “an edgy multi- genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute”. (The Washington Post) Critics hail the Brooklyn born Haitian-American for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo- R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal) Ms. Joachim regularly combines her exceptional performance skill as a flutist with her creative talents as a composer, producer and singer, navigating genres ranging from classical and jazz to indie-rock and electronic. She was recently appointed flutist of the four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble, Eighth Blackbird. Joachim is also co- founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known best for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”(MTV Iggy)
Ms. Joachim has performed and recorded with an impressive range of today’s most exciting artists and ensembles including Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Richard Reed Parry, Dan Deacon, Center for Contemporary Opera and The Lone Bellow. Her original compositions have been broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Q2, J-Wave, Tokyo FM, FM Yokohama and more. In addition, Ms. Joachim has been featured in television segments on SNL, Late Show with David Letterman, Telemundo, BK Live and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN super bowl commercial.
As a composer, Joachim has acquired a number of notable commissions for dance, instrumentalists and interdisciplinary theater, each featuring her signature electroacoustic style. Upcoming premieres include Fanm d’Ayiti, an evening-length work for flute, voice, string quartet and electronics, commissioned by and developed in residency through St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series (2018). Other recent projects include Land Bridge, an evening-length score for Helen Simoneau Danse (2016) funded by New Music USA; Ulysses in 3, a collaboration with renowned jazz drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. as part of Park Avenue Armory’s Under Construction residency program (2015); and Dam Mwen Yo for solo cello and processed field recordings written for Amanda Gookin of PUBLIQuartet as part of her Forward Music Project, and premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY (2017).
Ms. Joachim is an official Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, and has appeared as a concert soloist both in recital and with orchestra on stages throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, where she is signed to Village Again Records. Highlights include featured performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, National Flute Association Conventions, Gezmataz Genoa Jazz Festival, Symphony Space, Biwako Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, WNYC’s Greenespace and 92Y Tribeca among others.
Ms. Joachim is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Carol Wincenc, Bradley Garner and Jayn Rosenfeld, and was the first person to successfully complete the conservatory’s MAP, Pre-College, and College Division programs. Upon graduation, she was granted the first ever Juilliard InterArts Award for independently producing and presenting exceptional interdisciplinary arts performances involving music, dance, theater and technology while pursuing her degree. She continued her graduate degree studies at The New School, where her focus was audio production and sound design. Ms. Joachim’s graduate performance thesis, presented at BRIC House, was an evening length work entitled Moving Words featuring an original score and video.
Since then, education has continued to play a major role in her career as an active educator of students of all ages and skill levels. Ms. Joachim is Director of Contemporary Chamber Music at the Perlman Music Program; a former flute faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program; and has coached chamber music for The Juilliard School’s Pre- College Division. Her youth education workshops, presented nationally with Flutronix, focus on creative collaboration and the use of traditional instruments in modern ways including improvisation, extended techniques and the integration of technology. At the university level, she has been presented as a music career lecturer and panelist, and has led masterclasses for The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, University of the Arts, New York Flute Club, New England Conservatory, Oklahoma Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other institutions across the country. She is a faculty member and Artistic Director at Eighth Blackbird’s Blackbird Creative Lab, and next season, joins the faculty of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
“Fight or…” from Land Bridge for Helen Simoneau Danse
An excerpt from Nathalie Joachim’s score for LAND BRIDGE, a new evening-length work by choreographer Helen Simoneau. The piece investigates heritage, assimilation and identity to reveal how the willing erasure of the self may serve as a means of renewal and redirection. The musical collaboration was made possible with funding from New Music USA. Composed, performed and recorded by Nathalie Joachim. Mixed by Tony Maimone of Studio G Brooklyn, assisted by Richard Salino and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.