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Free As A Bird

Rhonda Larson
Paul Halley

Grammy-winner Rhonda Larson in solo flute and ensemble works with Paul Halley and friends.

Works by
Halley, Larson, Bach,
Rachmaninoff, and Paganini


 

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"This is a vibrant, upbeat album
marked by precision musicianship."
Billboard

 

   
 


TRACKS

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1.  ◙♫
Adore te
Music:
Gregorian chant
arr. P. Halley


2. 
◙♫
Peregrine
Music:
P. Halley


3. 
◙♫
Vocalise
Music:
S. Rachmaninoff


4. 
◙♫
Maskell's Harbor
Music:
Trad. Irish
arr. P. Halley


5. 
◙♫
Movin' On
Music:
R. Larson


6.  
◙♫
Ekkaleo
Music:
P. Halley


7. 
◙♫
Loner Song
Music:
P. Halley


8. 
◙♫
Bach In A Minute
Music:
J.S. Bach


9. 
◙♫
Rhuah Returns
Music:
P. Halley


10. 
◙♫
Lament
Music:
R. Larson


11.  
◙♫
Alleluias
Music:
P. Halley


12.
Hodie Christus
Music:
Gregorian chant
arr. P. Halley


13.
Caprice No. 5
Music:
N. Paganini


Compositions by
Rhonda Larson
© Wood Nymph Music


All compositions by
Paul Halley
© Back Alley Music
(ASCAP)
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Pelagos Incorporated




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DESCRIPTION

Pianist/composer Paul Halley and  flutist Rhonda Larson have fused a remarkably fresh, high spirited new music stemming from the foundations of their respective classical training and enriched by ethnic, folk, and jazz influences.  In their many years of collaboration, first with the Paul Winter Consort and then their own duo, Ventus, Rhonda Larson and Paul Halley have created new repertoire for flute and keyboard.  These duets are embellished here with the inclusion of cello, percussion, guitar and brass, provided by a selection of internationlly-known players, and friends from Consort days.  In addition to the eight compositions and arrangements by Halley, and two by Larson, there are also several classical pieces, by Paganini, Bach, and Rachmnainoff, that  demonstrate the virtuosic technique of both these players. This collection of works is elegant and engaging, as well as just plain fun.



 

 
 
Flutist Rhonda Larson entered the national music scene from her native Montana when she won first prize in the National Flute Association's Young Artist Competition in 1985, earning a Carnegie Hall debut.  Shortly thereafter, Rhonda joined the Paul Winter Consort, where the combining of diverse musical styles with classical training was a Consort hallmark. During her last year with the Consort in 1992, Rhonda won a Grammy Award for her contributions to the live concert tour recording, 'Spanish Angel'. Larson and Paul Halley then established the independent performance duo, Ventus, which Larson expanded with new players upon her marriage and relocation to southwestern Michigan. 

Larnos's musical and technical wizardry, which includes versatility on an array of ethnic flutes from around the world, has allowed the creation of a visionary and startling new repertoire for the flute . Larson travels a cross-cultural/multi-genre music path, giving performances and workshops throughout the world. Larson journeyed to South Africa as a musical ambassador to the Parliament of World' Religions, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.  She has recorded with the Celtic Galician group "Milladoiro" and performed with Eileen Ivers, celtic fiddle player with "Riverdance". Larson spent recent months in Ramallah, Palestine (West Bank), where she was flute teacher at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music. 

Rhonda and her husband, Lee deLisle, make their home in Michigan and part-time in the Lazio region of Italy.

 
 
  REVIEWS

from Connecticut's VOICES:  Rhonda Larson & Ventus in concert.
"...Once every generation there comes along a transformative force that breaks all the industry rules. Larson wields her instrument like a blow torch, breaking down our Victorian preconceptions of what the classical flute should be, how it should sound and where it should take us...This intensely gifted flutist needed little more than her native Montana charm to win the hearts of the packed house."

from Musical Soundscapes
"Without a doubt, one of the world's most gifted flutists…unbound by musical genres."  - Robert Walmsley


from The New York Times
"Rhonda's evening of flute music radiated. There was a straightforward positive musicality to what she did and it cheered the listener."


from The News-Times
"What Larson does is to use works of the past as the base on which to build her own flights. And what flights they are! This handsome sylph with the cascade of blond curls and the articulate manner shows not only remarkable technique but great musicality…Part mystic, part leprechaun, here is a woman who bridges worlds."  - Frank Merkling

from Jazziz Magazine
"…world music drive that sets off Larson's pristine flute playing like a jewel in the grass." - John DiLiberto

 
 
   

CREDITS

Artists
Rhonda Larson
Paul Halley

and friends



Ensemble
Rhonda Larson - flutes and whistles
Paul Halley – piano and pipe organ
Jordan Rudes - synthesizer
Kenny Mazur - guitar
Russ Landau - bass
Glen Velez - percussion
Jamey Haddad - percussion
Gordon Gottleib - drums
David Darling - cello
Marcy Larson - trumpet, flugelhorn

William Purvis - french horn


Production

Produced by Rhonda Larson and Tom Bates

Tom Bates - engineer

Recorded at
Mary Keane Chapel, Enfield, NH
and Battell Chapel, Norfolk, CT


© 1992 Ventus Recordings/Rhonda Larson and Paul Halley

© 1999 Platinum Entertainment, Inc.
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