On November 16th & 17th Wil Offermans conducted the Maaslandse Flute Days for the music schools of Maaseik, Lanaken, Dilsen-Stokkem and Maasmechelen in Belgium. On saturday there were masterclasses for advanced students and flute-teachers as well as a concert in the auditorium of the Music Academy Maaseik. The concert program included Luna y Sierra, Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Voices of Nagasaki, Etude 3: Bamboo Tones, Bamburia, the Thumpy flute, Kôjô-no-Tsuki and Dance with Me. On sunday there was a Flute Day for all levels with a presentation concert at the end of the day in the Cultural Centre Neeroeteren. See the two photo reports of these days here.
On October 29th and 30th, Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for young children for the Jeugd & Muziek (Youth & Music) in Vilvoorde (Brussels), Belgium at the music school of Vilvoorde. Some of the children already had started playing the flute, however others had never played the flute before. During the two days they worked mainly on games also using Offermans Thumpy flute as a way to introduce the flute and to learn to create a flute sound. They also worked on Bird Songs. Click here to see a photo report.
On October 26th, the Duo Ueda Offermans, with Japanese satsuma-biwa player singer Junko Ueda, presented their concert at the Màntica Festival in the Teatro Comandini in Cesena, Italy. The program included Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Yoshitsune, Heike Duo, Inner Voices and How to Survive in Paradise II. Click the video image on the right to watch a video. Visit the Video Gallery page for more videos.
On August 24th the Duo Ueda Offermans presented a their acoustic duo concert at Chapelle Notre Dame de Riquer, Catllar near Prades (France). The event was part of the 8ème Festival Les Troubadours Chantent l'Art Roman en Languedoc-Roussillon. The duo - by Japanese satsuma-biwa player Junko Ueda and Wil Offermans on flutes - performed a program of their works as well as some traditional Japanese pieces, including Heike Monogatari, Genji Monogatari and Tsuru-no-Sugomori. The origin of the Chapelle Notre Dame de Riquer dates back more than 1000 years.
Wil Offermans appears as a 'Haynes Associate' at the 41st Flute Convention of the National Flute Association, which will take place August 8 - 11, 2013 in New Orleans, USA. The theme for this year's event is “Confluence of Cultures & Perseverance of Spirit” and it will feature spirited programming for solo and flute choir recitals, masterclasses and workshops, the NFA’s world-renowned competitions, and, of course, exhibitions galore. Offermans will perform Tsuru-no-Sugomori, some Thumpy flute, Dance with Me (with the National High School Flute Choir) and present a class on Honami and extended techniques. The tour is sponsored by Wm. S. Haynes, Co, the Zimmermann Publishers and Kotato Flutes (bass and contrabass-flutes).
The 22nd international Flute Summer Course 2013 by Dutch flutist-composer Wil Offermans has been held from July 24th until 31st, 2013 in Sayalonga (Malaga), Spain with participants from countries like the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Norway and the Australia. In this wonderful and inspiring ambiance and a climate of dynamic nature and cultural inspiration Offermans conducted the course, sharing his contemporary approach on flute playing with the participants. Main literature was Offermans' etude book For the Contemporary Flutist (published by Zimmermann a.o.). Other topics included extended techniques like bamboo tones, harmonics, circular breathing, multi-phonics and whisper tones; sound development; body movement; improvisation in performance and education; ensemble playing; ethnic flutes. Click here to go to the Flute Summer Course Photo Gallery.
The CD includes among others Offermans' interpretations of his compositions: Luna y Sierra, Tsuru-no-Sugomori, Dance with Me and the ensemble pieces Bamburia and Forbidden Valley (a unique quintet for bass-flute until double contrabass-flute). The CD is now available online for a special introduction price. Here one can also listen to various sound samples.
On April 7, 2013 Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for about 40 flute students of the Harmonie Frisselstein / MIK at the art centre De Compagnie, Veghel, The Netherlands. After several workshops the day ended with a presentation concert, which included: Luna y Sierra, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. Click here to see the photo report. Click here to see the Dance with Me video.
From March 22nd until 24th the German Flute Festival of the German Flute Association (DGfF) took place at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg presenting an intensive program of wonderful concerts, workshops, competitions, exhibitions and demonstrations. Wil Offermans joined the festival and performed Honami, Tsuru-no-Sugomori and Thumpy, while also presenting a 6-hour workshop around Dance with Me and some of his other works. The festival website: www.floete.net
On March 9th, Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for about 45 flute students of the Musikschule Oberwallis Visp at the Zentrum Missione Naters/Brig in Switzerland. After workshops in the morning, the day ended with a presentation concert including: Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. See photos of the event here or go to the Photo Gallery page. Click the video image on the right to watch a video. Visit the Video Gallery page for more videos.
On February 2, Wil Offermans presented a Flute Day for about 50 flute students from Veenendaal and Rhenen at the Music School De Muzen. After several workshops the day ended with a presentation concert, which included: Jungle Dance, Kojo-no-Tsuki, Thumpy and Dance with Me. Click here to see a photo report.