Guest Artists in Recital - DuoSolo - Featuring Mary Fukushima, flute and Michael Kirkendoll, piano
The contemporary flute/piano duo DuoSolo brings their talent for super-virtuosic contemporary music recital to Chapman University. The program features some of the 21st century’s most lauded composers including Vent by David Lang, Zoom Tube by Ian Clarke, Appel d'air by Bruno Mantovani, and De Profundis by Frederic Rzewski.
Since forming DuoSolo in 2006, Mary Fukushima and Michael Kirkendoll have become exciting new forces on the contemporary music scene. Following their 2006 debut in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York Concert Review called them “powerhouse performers,” noting Mary’s “warm and brilliant” sound and Michael’s “thought- provoking” and “atmospheric” playing. They have since commissioned or premiered nearly two-dozen works from such esteemed composers as David Rakowski, Frederic Rzewski, Gabriela Frank, and Forrest Pierce, as well as numerous works by emerging composers. DuoSolo appears regularly on concert series around the world and are frequent guests at new music festivals around the U.S.
DuoSolo creates programs that include music for solo ﬂute, solo piano, and ﬂute/piano duo, ranging from twentieth- century masterpieces to contemporary explorations of rock, pop, electronic music, and performance art. In 2008, DuoSolo created the DuoSolo Foundation: a 501(c)(3) nonproﬁt organization dedicated to the commissioning, performance, and education of new music. Annually, the DuoSolo Foundation sponsors an Emerging Composer Competition and new-music recitals beneﬁting causes including disaster relief, environmental protection, and animal rights. Under the auspices of the DuoSolo Foundation, Mary and Michael also direct the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. The Cortona Sessions brings young composers and performers together to encourage future collaborations and performances of new music through two weeks of rehearsals, lectures, workshops, and recitals. In two seasons, the Cortona Sessions has supported the premiere of more than eighty new works.