The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra (LAFO), founded in 1999 has become one of the most recognizable chamber ensembles in the Los Angeles area, performing at venues ranging from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Disney Hall - Redcat Theater, to Miles Playhouse, Grand Park in downtown L.A. and the Santa Monica Pier. The group has also garnered national attention and praise in the flute community with their featured flute choir performances at recent National Flute Association Conventions in Anaheim, Las Vegas and Chicago where they have collaborated with world-class soloists such as Peter Sheridan and Ali Ryerson. Known for re-defining the sound of a flute orchestra, their highly anticipated 2014 performance in Chicago's Symphony Center was standing room only. A quote from Kelly Via, the previous NFA Flute Choir Coordinator: "Your performance was absolutely amazing. The repertoire that you chose was fresh and exciting and it allowed all of your players to demonstrate all of the instruments and colors most effectively".
With a versatile and unique instrumentation featuring the entire flute family including some of the largest flutes in the world like the one of a kind F Contra Bass flute, as well as unique ethnic instruments, LAFO's style covers the full spectrum from baroque and classical favorites, to jazz, pop, contemporary and world music. The group is dedicated to the performance of original works and often collaborates with, and premieres works by local and contemporary composers. Whether on the concert stage, in the park, in the sanctuary, or at a private event, the group will present both original and traditional music heard nowhere else.
LAFO performance at 2014 NFA Convention
The LAFO performed at the 2014 National Flute Association Convention in Chicago in the beautiful Grainger Ballroom at the Chicago Symphony Center. The concert program included the World Premiere of the Alto Flute Concerto by Peter Senchuk with soloist Peter Sheridan and a rousing version of Sweet Home Chicago with soloists Ali Ryerson and Peter Sheridan. Stay tuned for news of upcoming performances with these and other exciting solo artists.
Los Angeles Flute Orchestra YouTube Channel
The LAFO has recently launched the YouTube channel LAFluteOrchestra with live concert performances. More videos will be coming soon, so check back often and like us on FaceBook for updates.
LAFO CD Releases
The LAFO currently has three CD releases, Nuestro Pueblo with Peter Sheridan, Winter Wonderland and The Stroke of Twelve. From a review of Nuestro Pueblo and Winter Wonderland by Erich Graf in Flutist Quarterly: The Los Angeles Flute Orchestra most assuredly defines "flute choir." The CDs are beautifully recorded, and all participants acquit themselves as virtuosi in their own right.
Nuestro Pueblo EP Recording
The LAFO recorded Nuestro Pueblo - Concerto for Low Flute Soloist and Flute Ensemble along with Smoke on the Water with Peter Sheridan, in April 2012. Nuestro Pueblo written by Peter Senchuk, was premiered at the 2010 NFA convention in Anaheim by the LAFO and Mr. Sheridan, and is a four movement work inspired by the Los Angeles landmark Watts Towers. Smoke on the Water is an arrangement of the classic Deep Purple song and features the LAFO's unique low flutes along with Peter Sheridan on an exciting improvised Bass Flute solo. You can hear live concert performances of these works on our new YouTube channel.
Winter Wonderland - Holiday CD
Winter Wonderland is the LAFO's second CD release and is a collection of holiday music that ranges from Nutcracker Dances and Arcangelo Corelli's Christmas Concerto to African and Ukrainian carols to Christmas and Hanukah favorites in traditional and jazzy arrangements. Check out the recordings page for more album info and to hear samples of the tracks.
All three LAFO Albums: Nuestro Pueblo, Winter Wonderland & Stroke of Twelve available at Forest Glade Music.
Nuestro Pueblo and Winter Wonderland available on iTunes and Amazon.
Winter Wonderland and Stroke of Twelve available at Flute World and CD Baby.
October 19, 2014 1:00 pm
St. Vladimir Ukrainefest
December 7, 2014 4:00 pm
Holiday Concert & Party - Santa Monica Mooselodge
December 17, 2014 12:10 pm
Pasadena Presbyterian Church Music at Noon Concert
December 2014 LAFO School Concerts
January/February 2015 - Date TBA
Miles Playhouse Fireside Series
Spring 2015 Concerts TBA
See the Calendar page for more information.
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Banner photo by Ken Luey
Chicago photos by Seamus Mcmeel