CalArts and a plethora of flutists and composers

23/04/2014 18:13

Shackle had the treat of taking part in an afternoon of flute presentations and discussions at CalArts. We followed a friend and colleague from graduate school days, Camilla Hoitenga who spoke about notation.

Our notation is the Shackle System!


West Hollywood Library Council Chambers Affair


Shackle met Andrea Young and Michael Day at KISS2013 in Brussels in September 2013. We hit it off there and we hit it off on stage this time at our concert for SASSAS. I hope we can meet up again!


Santa Barbara, aural and gustatorial


Shackle gave a lecture, played a concert at UCSB and then enjoyed the company of Clarence Barlow and colleagues tasting wine in the hills of Santa Barbara. Delicious.


Fresno is more than a hot place


I gave a flute masterclass with the class of Teresa Beaman the whole afternoon. It’s remarkable to me how practicing scales, thinking in phrases and playing from the heart are still relevant to us.

Shackle played an evening concert to a full hall of students, faculty and Fresno enthusiasts. California was in the throes of a heatwave and we were hot in more ways than one.


Mills College revisited


I love Mills College. From the days I was the test case for the development of music software with Larry Polansky and my periodic returns, to the concert Shackle played here in April. The faculty and students change but the feeling of kindred spirits keeps on.


San Francisco Center for New Music


I met Alex Christie at the Walden School last summer in New Hampshire and thought he would enjoy being part of a Shackle Affair concert. I was right. It was mutual!

The San Francisco Center for New Music is a courageous and important initiative right in the center of San Francisco. We need spaces and driven people like them to keep the experiments alive and well.



Colorado Springs in the mountains with snow


Shackle spent a few days in the gorgeous mountains of Colorado Springs teaching and performing. We were impressed with the variation of backgrounds and diversity of ambitions of this small department. And as the first stop of our tour, we were spoiled with interesting work, great hosting and deep discussions with Glen Whitehead, Jane Rigler, Colin Macallister and their array of students.



Seattle in the rain

28/03/2014 19:19

Believe it or not, Tom Baker and I played at the Seattle Chapel for the Wayward Music Series on a SUNNY DAY.

More than a few audience members spent parts of the performance with their eyes closed as images floated through their heads in response to our music. Each time we play together we find ways to gently push and wiggle and blend into musical situations unique to our duo. Playing with Tom stretches me and stretches time.

It’s been raining in Seattle ever since that day.


Minnesota in the snow


Composer Scott Miller put me to work at St. Cloud State University teaching composition, lecturing and collaborating on two concerts, one in St. Cloud and one at Studio Z in St. Paul.

We took his piece The Strange Fine-Tuning of Our Universe that we performed at KISS2013 in Brussels a giant step further to where I can perform it on the road without him. A sad but practical decision.

We also played my work LonelyStats in duo and quintet form. I’ve revised it to where I recite text about Annabelle Lee from the All American Girls’ Baseball League and Marina Raskova from the Russian Night Witches. My music doesn’t evolve in my head, it evolves on stage from performance to performance.

I had a great time playing Kristian Twombly’s piece The Ship. A conceptual gem. And joining forces with the Fifth Column with Brett Wartchow, Nathan Hanson, Pat O’Keefe and Scott Miller at Studio Z could become a delightful habit if we can keep it up.

Anna La Berge program


Unsounds launches their e-store

13/03/2014 11:58

The latest newness I had the pleasure of taking part in was the launch of the label Unsounds’ e-store. The digital releases include THE HUM, a set of two works by bassist Joe Williamson and I which we played at the opening. The event was held at Splendor with a devoted audience, many of whom had never been there before.

Joe and I spent the next days creating new work for our next release.

Spread the word. Splendor is the place to be and Unsounds is the flavor of the year!


Joe and Anne playing PR


HUM unsounds Splendor