Time/Date: Every Third Saturday starting Jan. 20th.
Location: 3118 Rivera St @ 41st Ave in Sunset District- 7 blocks from Ocean Beach
Who is this for? This is a event is for anyone ever interested in starting the Native American flute or for those that have been playing for years. There is a place for everyone!! Note I will have extra flutes for you to use if you do not have one!
The format will be:
1. Meet and greet
2. 45-60 minute tutorial and group playing experience If you have never played before you will learn how to hold the instrument, make a sound and play the pentatonic scale. If you have been playing you will concentrate on embellishments such as vibrato, pitch bending, grace notes, double tonging, ect. Something for Everyone!
3. 30-45 open mic style session. Those that have been playing awhile can play a solo and share the beauty of the Native American flute! I will have a mic/effect pedal with small amp.
4. Fun Social- Meet some new people! : I will have appetizers but feel free to bring a dish to share.
Bring your flutes! We will be playing in the key of ‘a’ for the group experience- so if you have an a flute- be sure to bring. But if you do not have a flute- no worries- just bring yourself!
Monica was classically trained at the Eastman School of Music. She has studied with several esteemed flutists such as Bonita Boyd and Susan Levitin.
After graduating Monica found a deep love for the sounds of various world and hybrid flutes that called her to New Age music. It is a genre with classical, jazz and world music overtones that is intended to inspire and relax. In addition to C flute, her flute collection includes bamboo, Native American, pan, alto, and bass. Her newest addition is a hybrid flute extension called the ‘Zi Fi’, which is a fusion flute that crosses a traditional flute with a Chinese Dizi and a reed instrument.
She recently wrote a tutorial and song book for the Native American Flute called ‘Sharing the Native American Flute’ which she presented at the National Flute Convention.
She co-founded the ensemble Phoenix Rising and is a freelance flutist for various groups and recording projects in the area. She currently has four CD’s including ‘Whispers’ by Phoenix Rising, ‘Ascension’ by Phoenix Rising, ‘Mystic Places’ by Phoenix Rising, and ‘Silences Between’ by Monica Williams. Phoenix Rising can be heard on radio stations including ‘Soundscapes’ by Music Choice and ‘Spa Channel’ by SiriusXM.
Monica shares her love of music with the next generation at Civic Arts Education where she teaches 35 students and is the director of Flock of Flutes. She teaches at Civic Arts Education in Walnut Creek and her home studio in San Francisco