Flutist/composer Robert Dick and internationally acclaimed pianist Ursel Schlicht, “two virtuosi whose talent for stretching their instruments and minds allows them to paint with more colors and textures than flute and piano have any right to expect” (Gene Santoro) present an evening of music that integrates composition and improvisation and radically expands the sound world and expressive possibilities of flute and piano, featuring piccolo to contrabass flute with inside & out piano.
Ursel Schlicht is an internationally active pianist, composer & improviser. She has played improvised music, jazz, new music and world music throughout Europe, North America, Russia, Mexico and Australia, and has recorded on Leo, Cadence, CIMP, Hybrid, Konnex, Muse-Eek and Nemu Records.
Current projects include duos with Robert Dick (Photosphere, Nemu Records 2005,) Reuben Radding (Einstein’s Dreams, Konnex 2005,) Bruce Arnold (String Theory, Muse-Eek 2005) and Hans Tammen (celebrating 15 years of collaboration with a special concert in Germany this fall,) as well as her ensemble Ex Tempore (Jamie Baum, Kyoko Kitamura, Balla Kouyate, Thomson Kneeland, Ravish Momin, Take Toriyama,) No Fear Act (Ned Rothenberg, Robert Dick, Tomas Ulrich, Ken Filiano, Klaus Kugel,) projects with the Laura Andel Orchestra and more. Schlicht has written for large and small ensembles, dance theater and improvisational scores for silent film. She holds a doctorate from the University of Hamburg and is currently teaching courses on Improvisation and Music & Gender at Ramapo College. Please visit http://www.urselschlicht.com
Robert Dick — improviser, composer, author, teacher and inventor — is known worldwide for redefining the flute, creating revolutionary visions of its musical role. His music is rooted in free improvisation, new jazz and classical music, contemporary and traditional. Dick has played solo concerts throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. He’s released numerous solo recordings and performed and recorded with New Winds, Tambastics, Oscura Luminosa, the Soldier String Quartet, the A.D.D. Trio, King Chubby, Ursel Schlicht, Paul Giger, Jaron Lanier, Randy Raine-Reusch, Barry Guy, Mari Kimura, Klaus Kugel and many others.
Dick’s many pedagogical works, including the book The Other Flute: A Performance Manual of Contemporary Techniques, are considered the standard bearers in their field. Current compositional projects, all commissioned, include a woodwind quintet, saxophone quartet and a piece for solo piccolo.
For the past quarter century, Dick has contributed to the evolution of the flute. Emerson Musical Instruments manufactures the Robert Dick Model bass flute. Brannen Brothers Flutemakers, the leading maker of fine flutes worldwide, produces his invention, the telescoping Glissando HeadjointÂ®, which acts as a “whammy bar” for the flute. Please visit http://www.robertdick.net