Album – Take Wing, Roll Back

Released February 9, 2024 on New Focus Recordings

New York City-based flutist and composer Tessa Brinckman has created a wide landscape of contemporary flute solos and duos, much of it in distant collaboration with acclaimed artists and composers from France, USA, Japan, South Africa, and her native New Zealand (Todd Barton,  Norio Fukushi, Andile Khumalo, Shirish Korde, Cara Stacey, Kathleen Supové, Caroline Delume, and Horomona Horo). Her multiple flutes entwine with the culturally and temporally diverse sounds of Buchla, water tanks, taonga pūoro, guitar, prepared piano, field recordings and a poem. Take Wing, Roll Back invites the listener to geo-poetic worlds past and present, infused with humor, pathos and drive, offering a warm kind of futurism.

Here’s what critics have been saying about the album, Take Wing, Roll Back:

Tessa Brinckman as “the composer is an adroit creator of sound worlds”…an imaginative recital (which) has no difficulty holding the listener’s attention… (with its)…beauty of performance” – the album is “… new music for flute at its imaginative best” 5 stars – (Fanfare)
“Brinckman has carved out a distinctive niche as composer/performer, exploring with equal confidence modernist techniques (which she has in abundance) an ease in shifting musical and cultural perspectives….and a unique perspective resulting from exposure to the diverse cultures of the Pacific Rim, particularly, the rich spiritual traditions of the Maori… this album repays repeated listens.” (Joshua Cheek)
“this CD (is) for those fascinated by Brinckman’s personal thoughtfulness and creativity” (Infodad)
“her musical tastes as well as her spotless technique are easily the equal of more famous flautists” and  there’s “beauty and even sensuality in several of these pieces” (Art Music Lounge)
“one of the most interesting releases of the year” (NZ Listener)

And the individual tracks…

Sonus Redux: And the Wave Rolled Back: “..a delicious, multi-layered collaboration…(Joshua Cheek); “captivating and a standout” (Fanfare); “the most arresting piece on the album” (Art Music Lounge)
You Never Come out the Same: “The extended techniques…give the ear plenty of fascinating episodes to settle upon….” (Joshua Cheek)
Tenderness of Cranes:  “a deeply insightful reading…” (Joshua Cheek); Recommendation of the Week (New Zealand Listener); “This closeness to traditional Japanese music lends familiarity to Korde’s idiom. That, and the beauty of Brinckman’s performance, makes for an accessible entry point into the program” (Fanfare)
Taniwha:  “there is a sense of suspended time”… “and the bullroarer sends chills down my spine” (Joshua Cheek);  “entirely unique” (Art Music Lounge)
A Cracticus Fancie: “The recited poem is charming, and the music’s overall mood is fanciful and accessible” (Fanfare); “the compositional choices and musicianship serve up a memorable and deeply affecting six minutes…an unexpected earworm…” (Joshua Cheek)
Dawn Brightens the Day of Mortals Robed in Purple, Zeuze, Wade Through Water: “Pianist Kathleen Supové’s appearance on several tracks adds to the caliber of this recital….Special praise is due guitarist Caroline Delume who negotiates a very detailed and demanding part with ease” (Joshua Cheek)

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