Mar 14, 2009
Jane Rigler, flutist, composer, educator and curator is known for her innovations in new flute performance, techniques and unique musical vocabulary. She is a featured performer in contemporary music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe as a soloist as well as within chamber ensembles (Ensemble Plural, Either/Or, Ne(x)tworks, Ensemble Sospeso, Anthony Braxton 12tet, etc.). Besides premiering works written especially for her, Jane’s compositions cover simple solo acoustic pieces inspired by language to complex interactive electronic works that pay homage to painting, poetry and dance. After receiving a B.M. (Northwestern University) and then pursuing flute studies in various parts of Europe and North America, she gained her M.A. and Ph.D. (UC San Diego) completing The Vocalization of the Flute, a book demonstrating both new and ancient methods of singing-while-playing the flute. Her expertise has led to performances in contemporary operas, experimental theater and dance events as well as other interactive electronic festivals. Her compositions are sought after by other flutists and have been performed in South Korea, Australia, France, Spain, and in concert halls and universities throughout the U.S.
After living in Spain for 9 years, Jane resides in Brooklyn, NY and organizes events such as the Relay~NYC! held at MoMA, the Spontaneous Music Festival, and collaborated with the Conflux Festival in 2007. She has received several Brooklyn Arts Council grants for her community activities, a Global Connections grant to perform in Munich this year and was awarded several artist residencies for her interactive electronic works from Harvestworks Studios, Art Omi and RPI’s Create @ iEar Studios.
As an Artist Educator, Jane Rigler works with several arts organizations such as the Lincoln Center Institute and the Orchestra St. Luke’s where she helped launch a Young Composer Program in the NY schools. Her most notable work is for the Manhattan New Music Project (MNMP) where she spent several years working and researching music education programs such as CME and CIAE for underserved populations and children with disabilities. Together with artist-programmer Zachary Seldess, she is currently co-designing and developing the Music Cre8tor (patent is pending), a new interactive sensor-driven music composition program for young people with disabilities.
She is a Japan-US Friendship Commission NEA/Fellowship winner for 2009.