'I consider myself a one-woman orchestra,' says flutist Rozalind MacPhail
Have a First Listen to Don't Let Me Fall Too Far by Rozalind MacPhail
Flutist Rozalind MacPhail's music is about more than just a single instrument.
"I consider myself a one-woman orchestra," she said.
"My passion is the flute, but I also love the voice and I love electronics and I love field sound."
MacPhail's new album, Don't Let Me Fall Too Far, combines MacPhail's musical interests to create music that she said some of her listeners compare to the music of Pink Floyd, Kate Bush and even early Radiohead.
Started in classical music
MacPhail grew up in Ontario and studied classical flute both as a teenager and at university. Her original goal was to be a classical flute soloist.
"I quickly discovered in my 20s and early 30s that that really wasn't the career I was going to have, and I thought, 'What else can I do?'"
MacPhail started writing her own music, and developing her interests in electronic music, film composing and ambient sound.
Those interests led her ten years ago to Newfoundland and Labrador, and the supportive local music community.
"I feel the most grounded I've ever felt, living here in St. John's," said MacPhail.
A hit in Scandinavia
Don't Let Me Fall Too Far started as a multimedia project with artists in New Brunswick.
With her collaborators' blessings, MacPhail developed the music so she could perform it live on the flute, adding electronics as a duet performer.
She has already toured the album in Denmark and Sweden, where, she said, it received a warm reception.
"Lots of tears, lots of moments of reflection," said MacPhail.
"It's moving people."
This month, MacPhail is touring Don't Let Me Fall Too Far in the United States, where she said more flutists are open to exploring similar musical pathways.
"It's almost like there's a flute revolution going on right now with electronic music."
Rozalind McPhail talks electronic loops, multimedia projects, and the flute revolution
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