Arc Duo
The Diller-Quaile Commissions


Heather Holden, flute
Bradley Colten, guitar

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Track Listing

Traveling Sonata by Roland Dyens
1. Bellinzona [6:11]
2. Mottola [5:45]
3. Ankara [6:58]

4. Away by David Leisner [11:15]

Songs of Kabir by Judah Adashi
5. Friend, Wake Up! [1:30]
6. The Harp Gives Forth Murmurous Music [4:00]
7. The Flute of Interior Time [4:30]
8. O Friend! The Body is His Lyre [4:16]
9. I Know the Sound of the Ecstatic Flute [3:13]

10. Shining River by Shafer Mahoney [9:00]

Arc Duo was born from an unwavering dedication to the music and composers of our time, a shared approach to music-making, and a passion for performance. As the smallest of ensembles-types, the Duo fuses the richness of chamber music with the intimacy of a solo performance. Virtuosic and engaging, Heather and Bradley consistently create an atmosphere that draws audiences into performances and enriches the concert-experience with a dynamic exchange of ideas and stories.

In their home base of New York City, Arc Duo’s performance highlights include recitals at renowned venues such as Caramoor Music Festival, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall, where their debut was noted by Guitar Review magazine as “electrifying, reflective, and always engaging”. In addition, Arc Duo has appeared in performance throughout the United States and in Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. Past seasons have been filled with accolades and acclaim; presenters universally herald the Duo, calling their performances “musically artistic experience[s] from beginning to end”, and referring to the Duo as “an exceptional ensemble”, and the artists as performing with “poetic sensibility to all-out bravura”. The Duo has received great recognition in print as well; interviews and articles about Arc Duo have appeared in Soundboard Magazine, Flute Talk, Classical Guitar, Guitar Review, Stylus, American Flute Guild, and New York City Classical Guitar Society’s online magazine, Nylon Review.

Fiercely committed to the music of our time, in 2004 Arc Duo launched its ‘Commissioning Project’. Since then, the Duo has consistently introduced virtuosic, new repertoire for the ensemble-type to audiences. To date, Arc Duo has commissioned new works by David Leisner, Judah Adashi, Duncan Neilson, Shafer Mahoney, Roland Dyens, David Schober and Edie Hill. The ‘Commissioning Project’ is marked by dedication and commitment to new works and composers; Arc Duo commits to multiple performances of each commission and takes care to highlight the new work’s structure, concept and origins to audiences. These endeavors are being noted by luminaries in the field; Arc Duo has received high praise from some of the leading artists of today such as Ned Rorem, Robert Beaser, and Joan Tower. Arc Duo’s debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2004 inspired American artist LeRoy Neiman to sketch them on stage.

Arc Duo has been an ensemble-in-residence at The Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City since 2003. Each year as part of their residency, the School presents Arc Duo in recital, commissions a major new work for the Duo, and engages Heather and Bradley as educators in the classroom and beyond. In 2003, the Duo initiated a residency partnership program between Diller-Quaile and Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where they perform regular concerts for patients, families and staff at the Cardiac Care Center. Additionally, Arc Duo was awarded a 2006 Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grant to fund the Duo’s outreach program with Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in New York City. This grant funded a year of workshops and concerts for those who would not normally have access to classical music. Heather Holden, first prize winner of the 2006 Haynes International Flute Competition, performed her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 1998 as a winner of the ‘Artist International Debut Recital Series’. She was featured in recital on Italian National Television, and has been heard on NPR’s ‘Performance Today’ on several occasions. Heather received the ‘Woodwind Department Award’ upon completion of her Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University and won the ‘MSM Concerto Competition’ while pursuing her Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music. Heather was a fellow at the National Repertory Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and The Hampden-Sydney Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival and at the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival. New York Concert Review heralded Heather as “… a flutist who would be an asset to any orchestra or woodwind quintet.” As a Haynes Artist, Heather has been sponsored to teach masterclasses at colleges and universities in Canada and the United States, most recently at Manhattan School of Music. Bradley Colten is a recipient of the ‘Andrés Segovia Award’ from the Manhattan School of Music and now serves as a chamber music coach at the school. He was noted with ‘Performance Distinction’ after his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music. While still at New England Conservatory, The Boston Globe hailed Bradley for his “sensitive” Boston premiere of Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms #10 in Jordan Hall. He has been acclaimed as “Superb!” by renowned guitarist David Starobin, and as having “… a rich blend of musical refinement, soulful communication and that rarity, emotional intelligence,” by celebrated guitarist/composer David Leisner. Bradley performed in the New World Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series in Miami. He was featured on NPR’s ‘Open Mic’ and performed on New York City’s ‘Soundcheck’ on WNYC radio. In addition, Bradley appeared at the Bowdoin Summer Music and New England Conservatory Music Festivals, and at the Boston, Long Island, New York City, and Rhode Island Classical Guitar Societies. Bradley performs on a Daryl Perry guitar and plays exclusively on Hannabach strings.

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