Dear Flute Friends,
On Sunday, October 23, the New York Flute Club will present Ruth Cunningham, founding member of the acclaimed vocal group Anonymous 4. In addition to being a world class singer, having recorded more than 20 CDs, she is also a flutist who plays Renaissance, baroque, and native american flutes, as well as medieval harp. Ruth's most recent CD releases are Light and Shadow: Chants, Prayers and Improvisations and Harpmodes: Journey for Voice and Harp.
As a sound healing practitioner, Ruth works with both individuals and groups using the voice and music as tools for healing and transformation. She collaborates with other healers and musicians in a variety of settings and is interested in integrating sound healing and performance. Ruth played and taught a sound healing class for the Integrative Stress Management Program at St. Vincent's Hospital in NYC from 2001 to 2007. In 2001-2002 she was among the musicians who offered their services at St. Paul's Chapel, which served as a refuge for the workers at Ground Zero.
For this workshop Ruth will start with a short concert featuring her gorgeous voice and flute playing, followed by leading the audience in humming, toning, improvising, and sound meditiation. Her singing has always informed and improved her flute playing and those of us who are not trained singers can still benefit from singing. Ruth will also demonstrate how music and flute playing can open doors to meditiation.
When I had the good fortune to work one-on-one with Ruth, I experienced a whole new aspect of flute playing, one that offered physical benefits as well as pure enjoyment. This is an opportunity to have a trasformative experience through the flute taking new skillls and concepts home with you. I hope that many of you will have this same special experience.
I encourage you to attend this extraordinary workshop. Bring your instrument to participate!
Patricia Zuber, President, New York Flute Club