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Shanna Gutierrez

Evanston, IL         

As a specialist in contemporary performance practice and techniques, flutist Shanna Gutierrez is dedicated to promoting and advancing contemporary music in cultural life today through innovative performances and educational projects. She appears throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, clinician, and in various chamber collaborations, including Collect/Project and Sonic Hedgehog. She is the co-founder of FluteXpansions, an online resource for contemporary flute. She has performed as a guest with the Collegium Novum Zürich, ensemble interface, ensemble TZARA, and Fonema Consort, in addition to concerts and residencies in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, South Korea, Mexico, Colombia, and United Kingdom.

Premieres and performances of pieces written specifically for her have led to appearances at such festivals as the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (NL), Sonic Fusion Festival (UK), Darmstadt New Music Courses (DE), BEAMS Marathon, International Computer Music Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, and Omaha Under the Radar.  She has received numerous awards and accolades for her performances including, prizes at the Stockhausen Courses, the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, and New Music USA project grants. She was a founding member of Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente, with whom she received the 2012 Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation. 

Shanna can be heard on several recordings, including the album Mobile with guitarist Jesse Langen, featuring world premiere recordings of music by Fredrick Gifford, and the album SORI featuring works by Kyong Mee Choi for instruments and electronics. Current recording projects also include a disc of the complete flute works of Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf on NEOS. She performs on a Burkart flute and piccolo and Kingma bass and alto flutes.


Following the UNLEASHED concert in January 2015, we created this video compilation from the January show—about two minutes of each work, featuring the three world premieres of the works funded by my project grant (https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/new-works-for-the-open-hole-bass-flute/).

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XI vom MONTAGs GRUSS aus LICHT by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Prize-winning performance from the 2013 Stockhausen Courses in Kürten, Germany.
Xi as a Greek letter has the meaning “unknown quantity” and in the case of this piece, the “unknown quantity” refers to unknown musical qualities produced as a result of timbre changes and individual variance in realizing the microtonal steps in the score.  The MONDAY-Segment of the musical super-formula for LICHT is comprised of three synchronous formulae, stretched into a melody that subdivides intervals into as many as 7 steps within a minor second. The dominant

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Behind the fractured, percussive lines played by the bass flute lay the remains of the shattered recording of a reading of a poem by Arthur Rimbaud. The recording is barely perceivable, the source never recognizable. However the shattered recording is essential in the understanding of the piece, as it served the role of a seed from which the rhythmic and timbral materials germinated.

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