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Guiding flutists holistically to discover their unique voice on and off the stage!


Episode 89: Flute On Its Feet with Zara Lawler

Flute 360 | Episode 89: “Flute On Its Feet with Zara Lawler” (48:27)

In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Zara who is a flutist and an interdisciplinary performer through Flute On Its Feet! Zara discusses how she incorporates movement within her teaching and performances. Listen to the episode to get inspired about how you can incorporate movement within your practicing! See how integrating the whole body can help you learn the musical piece on a deeper level!

Episode 89 – Main Points:

  • 0:26Gold Sponsor: J&K Productions
  • 1:21 – Welcome & Introduction
  • 2:07 – Reflecting on the group’s interview for Episode 91 (11/30/19)!
  • 4:20Heidi: Please share with the listeners your musical background!
  • 4:33 – Zara’s Answer
  • 7:23Question: Your interdisciplinary performances are quite exciting! You incorporate movement, acting, and playing! At what point in your career did you decide to pursue this path?
  • 7:35 – Zara’s Answer
  • 7:36 – “I’ve always had bigger interests than just music. I love being apart of something bigger and something that has a sense of spectacle. In music school, I loved being apart of the opera and being in the pit and knowing that this other huge thing was going on at the same time!” – Zara
  • 10:56Question: Do you feel like you are paving the path for future interdisciplinary flutists?
  • 11:23 – Zara’s Answer
  • 11:41Precollege at the Manhattan School of Music
  • 12:29Topic: The Creative Process
  • 12:48Zara’s Project – A Work-In Progress: Choreography of three Andersen Op. 33 Études
  • 13:55 – Check Zara’s website for future updates!
  • 14:27Question: Does Neil choreograph all of your dances or are you in collaboration with him?
  • 14:37 – Zara’s Answer
  • 15:16Berio’s Sequenza No. 1 for Solo Flute – See Zara’s Performance Here!
  • 17:20Question: Do you have any formal dance training?
  • 17:26 – Zara’s Answer
  • 18:21 – Heidi comments on Zara’s background.
  • 18:52 – African Proverb: “If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing!”
  • 20:07Question: When you and Neil work together on the choreography, what inspires you to choose a specific dance movement?
  • 20:25 – Zara’s Answer
  • 22:01 – Reference to Flute 360’s Episode 86 with Hilary Abigana!
  • 22:56 – Zara Comments
  • 24:11Question: What have you learned about your body and your flute playing through incorporating this movement into your performances?
  • 24:34 – Zara’s Answer
  • 27:12Question
  • 27:14 – Zara’s Answer
  • 27:44Melissa Riker, choreographer
  • 30:39Question: Let’s talk about your project: Clickable – The Art of Persuasion! How did it come about, who composed it, and where will you be performing this work in 2019-2020?
  • 31:05 – Zara’s Answer
  • 31:20Paul Fadoul, percussionist
  • 31:33 Music Jingles
  • 32:44 Book: “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen
  • 33:03 Book: “We Were Liars” by Lockhart
  • 33:11 Book: “Power Money Fame Sex: A User’s Guide” by Gretchen Rubin
  • 35:01Music Piece: “Common Thread” by Pat Humphries
  • 35:14 – Instruments: Voice, Banjo, Guitar
  • 36:30 – Check Zara’s website for future updates!
  • 37:18Question: Let’s talk about music education! Being an interdisciplinary performer, how has this aided your teaching? Also, do you incorporate movement into your student’s lessons, and if so, how?
  • 37:36 – Zara’s Answer
  • 39:35Flute 360 Podcast’s teaser for Episode 91 (11/30/19)!
  • 40:21Question: How do you incorporate movement into your flute student’s lessons?
  • 40:34 – Zara’s Answer
  • 40:54Topic: Time Signatures
  • 41:59Question: Any last thoughts that you’d like to share?
  • 42:08 – Zara’s Final Thoughts – Listen Here!
  • 44:40PICKS!
  • 46:36 – Greek saying: “Eating will create an appetite!”
  • 46:52Bronze Sponsor: KinderFlute with Kathy Blocki




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