Welcome to the sixth episode of IMC’s weekly BAN BAM podcast, where we explore creative work from inspiration to execution, through conversations with a host of women working in jazz and creative improvised music today.
Our guest on the show today is Lina Andonovska, a flautist, improviser, composer and collaborator born in Serbia, raised in Australia and who now calls Ireland home.
We talk about the importance of capturing moments of inspiration, be it words, melody or collaborative ideas.
Her current research around sustainability of artist livelihoods, and artist entrepreneurship in contemporary art music, and of course the continuing issue of survival as a freelance artist.
Her surprising background in flamenco dance and evolution into a flautist and into the improvisational world, and her recent experience performing with Izumi Kimura on IMC’s Blind Date Jazz series (check it out here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LS9XKxepcg)
Curiosity, fearlessness and versatility have established Lina Andonovska as a rare breed in the flute world.
She released her debut solo album A Way A Lone A Last on Diatribe Records in February 2020 (supported by the Australia Council for the Arts). The album features works by Irish composers including Donnacha Dennehy, Judith Ring, Nick Roth, and Barry O’Halpin. The album has been warmly received by critics, described as "an absorbing blend of cerebral concept and visceral, playful execution," [All About Jazz], and "a tour de force, and well worth a serious listen." [Journal of Music]
Improvised Music Company (IMC) is an Irish Arts Council funded resource organisation for Irish and Irish-based jazz musicians, and a specialist promoter of jazz, improvised and ethnic music in Ireland.
BAN BAM is an activity which began in 2017 to develop and support the work of women in jazz and improvised music, particular female instrumentalists and composers which are underrepresented in this genre.
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