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FluteXpansions
Creativity Intensive

4 February - 6 February, 2022

10:00am-4:00pm CT / 17:00-23:00 CET

3-day live virtual intensive

to holistically empower &  explore your personal and artistic voice

$394

Use code CREATIVE

for $100 off!

Gain the tools to help you expand your voice into its most powerful version

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"No matter what level you're at in your career, there's always room for growth!"

– Camilla Hoitenga

Whether you’re a performer, professor, teacher,

student, composer, or improviser...

 

this event is perfect for you if you are

...a CURIOUS EXPLORER who loves digging deep into yourself and your creative practice

 

...a CREATIVE JUNKIE who loves exploring new corners of your creativity

 

...WANTING TO EXPLORE your creativity through an instrument (any instrument!)

 

...CRAVING a FRIENDLY and SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT to try new things and learn from other artists

 

..READY TO EXPAND your knowledge and familiarity with creative tools used in contemporary flute music

 

...EXCITED TO TRY (or go deeper with) electronics, improvisation, and/or composition as creativity tools

Full of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-stlye masterclasses and lectures, this jam-packed weekend is sure to allow the space and support for you to expand in any (and every) direction you choose.

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Featuring...

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SHANNA PRANAITIS
Artistic Director

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ERIC LAMB

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FluteXpansions Creativity Intensive is about more than the flute

It's about more
 than just contemporary music

Join us if you seek...

Fearless exploration of your whole self
Expanding your flute playing & artistry in 360 degrees

Using curiosity and awareness to illuminate the potential and power within you as an artist and a person

This live intensive is filled with opportunities to go into the depths of exploring your ideas and your voice.

Expand your artistic knowledge and skillsets in areas such as:

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...and other surprises!

All while caring for your whole body and mind.

What FluteXpansions offered was way more than just extended flute techniques – It was a way back to myself – finding the joy in composing, creating and making sounds with others who were also eager to do the same. It was the inspiration to be creative again!

Nandin Baker
Meditative Flute Coach

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I know how frustrating a "traditional" path can be for musicians.

 

Sometimes you crave something more expansive and inclusive than an orchestral setting can offer!

 

Especially when you...

  • Feel stifled creatively, and need to find other ways to express or expand your artistic voice (but don’t know where to start)

  • Feel tapped out by the past couple of years in your current career path (or this pandemic!)

  • Are curious about composition, but feel like you’re “not allowed to” because you haven’t studied it

  • Have students who are pushing into contemporary music, but feel like you can’t keep up

  • Feel severely limited by the status quo and need other ways to include more of who you are into your musical life

  • Feel fragmented as an artist

Use promo code CREATIVE

for $100 off!

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Dustin White

One thing that makes this program special is how my whole personhood was addressed and not just my flute playing skills. Communicating with so many experimental flutists was incredibly validating to me as an artist. I've already told several friends to attend next time as I've never participated in a music program quite like this!

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Aliesha Phillips

I am BEYOND excited to say that I took part in a wonderful learning experience given by FluteXpansions! It was extremely beneficial for my growth as a flutist. I learned so much. This is an experience that I will take with me for the rest of my life.

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Shannon Lewis

I went away with a massive toolbox and the "yeah I could totally do this" feeling. I also really enjoyed the electronics course, because even though I enjoy exploring technology there is so much that I don't/didn't know was possible, and I'm just more motivated to keep going.

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Hi, I'm Shanna.

You may know me as "The Radically Traditional Flutist," or the Artistic Director Flute Expansions! I empower artists to create exceptionally joyful lives and careers as a performer and coach.

If you're anything like me, whenever you hear someone make a new sound on the flute, you think, "I want to try that!"

You love exploring sounds - of all kinds! - and want to know what it's like to create new, inventive, interesting pieces in collaboration with other musicians.

You're craving a community of forward-thinkers, where everyone is treated with kindness and respect that allows for unrestrained exploration.

Maybe you've found that the "old way" of making a career in flute and music is not serving you. You could be at a crossroads in your career, or looking for a new path. But you don't want to leave your beloved instrument behind! If this sounds like you...

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I would love to welcome you into the FluteXpansions Creativity Intensive.

Come join the community you crave, and learn new ways to bring the sounds you've been dreaming of (or didn't even know existed!) to fruition.

DAY 1

Welcome –

Creativity  Adventure Begins Here! 

Jane Rigler: Deeply Playful Listening – Setting the Creator Inside Free!

Creativity Tools

"Speed Dating" Sessions with Jane Rigler, Carla Rees, Eric Lamb, Melody Chua, Anne La Berge, and Shanna Pranaitis!

Choose Your

Own Adventure

Session #1

Please see the FAQ for more information

Day 1 Closeout

& Group Share

DAY 2

Opening Activity

& Meditation

with Morgann Davis

Camilla Hoitenga: Parallel Pieces –

Improv with Art

Special Guest Speaker Jade Simmons:

Creative

Boundary-Breaking

Workshops:

Electronic Sampling

with Anne La Berge

& Quick Composition

with Carla Rees

Hilary Abigana:

Hybrid Arts-ing 101:

There's More to Life Than a Stand & a Chair

...plus so much more!
 

At the end of every day, you’ll have the opportunity to stay and ask me questions!

Ask anything from that day’s content, next steps, instrument questions, and more!

 

You only get this opportunity as a participant of FXCI… So what are you waiting for?

Use code CREATIVE

for $100 off!

And don't worry; despite the jam-packed schedule, there will be plenty of breaks to process all this incredible content and take the resting time you need.
Questions? See the FAQs

DAY 3

Opening Activity

& Meditation

with Jane Rigler

Choose Your

Own Adventure

Session #2

Please see the FAQ for more information

Shanna Pranaitis:

New Rules of the Game!

Career Panel:

Q&A with Eric Lamb, Shanna Pranaitis, Matthias Ziegler, Hilary Abigana, Carla  Rees, Jane Rigler, Camilla Hoitenga, Melody Chua, and Anne La Berge

Grand Finale:

Intelligent Fearlessness

Here's a sneak-peek of what we'll be covering...

Sessions held from 10:00am - 4:00pm CT / 17:00pm - 23:00pm CET

This experience is designed to give you freedom to choose how you want to explore your creativity in a supportive environment.

 

You will leave our time together feeling

  • Rejuvenated as an artist,

  • Invigorated to use your full creative voice and power, and

  • Empowered with concrete knowledge of how to take action.

Featuring faculty of FX Sonic Immersion and special guest speakers, including:

Pianist and CEO of Jade Media Global

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Named one of the best keynote speakers of 2019, 2020, and 2021, Jade Simmons is a creator of transformational experiences designed to activate audiences into becoming the biggest, boldest versions of themselves possible. The world-class concert artist has been called a “musical force of nature” with an “uncanny ability to connect with the sounds of today.” Jade is CEO of Jade Media global, a revolutionary live experience and global content distribution company specializing in 360 degree personal development and strategic transformation. 

 

Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences, to using music as the vehicle by which to provide the inspiration, entertainment, and transformation that profoundly moves them instead. 

 

Nicknamed “Classical Music’s #1 Maverick,” her electrifying, genre-bending concert adventures span Rachmaninoff all the way to rap and include virtuoso storytelling, uncommon insights, and boundless inspiration. 

 

Today, Jade’s experiences not only delight concert audiences, but her dazzling, high-impact presentation are fast becoming the go-to fuel for the world’s superlative brands and organizations from financial services, biotech, entertainment, education, energy and beyond. The likes of Dell, Raytheon, NBC Universal, Pfizer, Intuit Quickbooks,Nationwide, Hershey’s and the Royal Bank of Canada are bringing Jade to power up their people.

For FXCI, Jade will be leading a special session,
Creative Boundary-Breaking.

You won't want to miss this!

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I feel anything is possible now! There will be road blocks and challenges to overcome, and with perseverance, opportunities will eventually open up. I see a rich creative career for myself as an artist and musician and that I can continue to carve out a path that suits me and my ideas.

Susan Geaney
Flutist, Improviser, composer,
Founder, Creative Being

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Featuring Special Guest Speakers...

The "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure" Series
These mini-workshops will be happening simultaneously in a variety of topics.

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Still have questions? Check out the FAQ:

What if I can’t figure out the technology?


It’s ok! We’ll have tech support for you, and if tech is not your thing, you don’t have to use it – there are plenty of sessions that don’t require tech.




Is there a way for me to view every Choose-Your-Own-Adventure session?


Yes! Every session will be recorded and available to every person who signs up for FXCI for life. Even if you have to miss an hour or two throughout the weekend, you’ll be able to go back and watch it all on your own time!




Do I have to improvise?


You always have the option to not participate live on-screen, but it is recommended to try along at home. This is your opportunity for a safe space to try new things and experience your creativity in new ways. We’ll have some sessions dedicated to taking your first steps with improvisation, so fear not! We've got you!




I have zero experience with things like electronics and composition. Will I really be able to do this?


Yes! You can attend (and rewatch) intro sessions and you’ll be able to ask questions along the way and receive direct guidance. You will be taught the skills you need to begin your journey with these tools. If you already have skills in these areas, you’ll be able to take them further in the more advanced sessions.




Is there going to be a recording?


Every session is recorded and you’ll have lifetime access to these recordings. If you have to miss a session or even a whole day, you’ll still be able to participate later on your own. This will save you from frantically writing everything down, too. You can relax and enjoy participating and then go back to catch more details any time you want.




Who are the guest speakers?


They include the faculty of FX Sonic Immersion, members FXSI 2021 cohort, and other creative leaders in the field. Our key guest speaker, Jade Simmons, is a powerhouse concert pianist, creative boundary breaker, and one of the most sought-after speakers in the world. For more information, check out the Guest Speaker list!




What if I don’t have the money right now?


Please email me to discuss your personal situation.




Is this an in-person thing?


Nope, virtual! I believe in accessibility and in-person is both unsafe right now and would severely limit the number of people who could attend while also dramatically increasing the price. We are very experienced in creating deeply satisfying and powerful virtual experiences. This is not a passive event where you simply watch what’s happening. You’re engaged in the activity right from the start in the comfort of your own space. Bonus: you can come and go as you need to!




Where can I sign up?


Just register here!




I’m signed up and ready to go! Is there anything I can do to prepare for the Intensive?


Get excited and start dreaming about all the fun sound expiration you will do! The specific tech and materials needed will be sent to you in an email after you sign up. These include:

  • Zoom settings to maximize your experience (pro-audio mode, microphone, and headphones are advised)
  • Prepare yourself by choosing a distraction-free space in which you can freely make unusual sounds. You’ll need space to move your body and comfy clothes that allow for movement.
  • If you wish to explore Ableton or MaxMSP, you’ll benefit from having an interface, and downloading (at least) trial versions of the programs before the first day.




Can I just observe without having to actively participate?


You could, but you will get so much more out of the experience when you move outside your comfort zone and try something new to you. What else might be possible for you? There’s no grade or judgement, just space for you to explore possibilities!




How much does it cost?


$394. But! If you sign up before January 10, 2022 using the promo code EARLYBIRD at checkout, you'll automatically receive $100 off, and pay only $294 for three jam-packed days of live material AND lifetime access to all the session recordings. How could you beat that?! To make it even easier, here is the registration link with the code already plugged in for you. Woohoo!




What does "Choose Your Own Adventure" mean?


On days 1 and 3, there will be several workshops happening simultaneously covering a multitude of topics. You get to choose which workshop(s) you attend live! While it's impossible to experience them all live, you will have access to every Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) session via the recordings. So don't worry about missing out! Just join the room you most want to experience live.




Where can I find the whole Choose Your Own Adventure schedule?


After registering for FXCI, you'll receive several emails leading up to the big weekend with all the details you'll need to plan each day of the intensive. You can also view all the CYOA options below: Day 1 CYOA Options

  • "Embodiment and Mindfulness in Music Making and Flute Playing" with Morgann Davis
  • "Cultural Agency - The Arts and Problem Solving" with Dr. Gillian Morrissey
  • "Sound Challenges of Contemporary Flute Repertoire: Practicing with the Help of Real-Time Audio Descriptors" with Rodrigo Frade
  • "Let's Record an Album!" with Meerenai Shim, President Aerocade Music LLC
  • "Understanding Stockhausen" with Jacob LaBarge
Day 2 CYOA Options
  • "Approaching Intercultural Music on the Flute" with Renata Kambarova & Dustin White
  • "The Meditative Flute: Express Your Being Through Your Music!" with Nandin Baker
  • "Creative Being – Expanding Our Potential" with Susan Geaney
  • "Scaling Musically" with Kathleen Weidenfeller
  • "Synesthesia: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love My Experience" with Shannon Lewis




Are there going to be enough breaks?


There will be a 15-minute break between the first two sessions of each morning, a 60-minute lunch break, and a 30-minute break between the final two sessions of each afternoon. So, there's plenty of time between each session to stretch, process, and take care of any biological needs!




I'm in Canada. Can I pay in Canadian Dollars?


Yes! Please email flutexpansions@gmail.com to receive instructions on how to pay in CAD. For a quicker response, write "FXCI: Canada Edition" in the subject line!