Tag Archives: Benjamin C.S. Boyle

Mimi performs Benjamin C.S. Boyle’s “Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano”

Mimi Stillman, flute, and Charles Abramovic, piano
Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano

I. Andantino sostenuto

II. Lento affettuoso

III. Con anima

IV. Vivace con spirito

New York premiere on the Young Concert Artists Composers Concert at Merkin Concert Hall
February 17, 2015

Commisioned by Mimi Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble

For premiere recording by Stillman/Abramovic recording on “Odyssey” (Innova Recordings), click here.

For excellent review of this performance in the New York Times, click here.

To purchase the music, click here.

Mimi Stillman at National Flute Association

Mimi Stillman will perform at the National Flute Association Convention at the Mariott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 1:15-2:05 venue: Thurgood South/West

Recital: Mimi Stillman, flute and Charles Abramovic, piano

Program: André Jolivet, Chant de Linos; Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano; David Ludwig, Canzoniere for Flute and Piano; Claude Debussy, Songs from Nuits d’étoiles (arranged by Mimi Stillman)

Join Mimi and Charlie after their recital for a CD and book-signing at the Flute World booth in the exhibition hall at 2:30pm.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 5:00-6:00pm venue: Harding

Drop-In Trios and Quartets: Play along with Mimi, who will be special guest artist at this chamber music reading.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 2:45-3:10 venue: Hoover

Yamaha Exhibitor Showcase:  Mimi presents “Go Beyond the Page, Captivate Your Audience, and Make it Look Easy”

– Visit with Mimi at the Yamaha booth at the exhibit hall!

Click here for details at National Flute Association website.

Syrinx Journey Day 299: “Syrinx” with Benjamin C.S. Boyle

I had a delightful evening with my friend Benjamin C.S. Boyle, who is a wonderful composer. I premiered his Sonata-Cantilena for Flute and Piano, commissioned by my Dolce Suono Ensemble, and recorded it with pianist Charles Abramovic on my CD “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano” (Innova Recordings). We played through some of Benjamin’s recent compositions. After Syrinx, you will hear the closing section of his song setting of Robert Herrick’s “To Music.”


“Odyssey” Makes Best of 2012 Top Classical

I am deeply honored that our recording “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” a 2-CD set on Innova Recordings, made Best of 2012 Top Classical albums in Philadelphia City Paper by Peter Burwasser.


On the recording, pianist Charles Abramovic and I perform wonderful works by an all-star group of composers: Mason Bates, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Richard Danielpour, Michael Djupstrom, Katherine Hoover, Daniel Kellogg, Gerald Levinson, David Ludwig, Andrew Rudin, David Bennett Thomas, and Zhou Tian.

To listen and purchase:

Stillman/Abramovic Odyssey Artist Page at Innova Recordings

On my website

At Amazon

This was an exciting and challenging recording project and it is a great pleasure to share new, excellent flute music with you!

“Odyssey” Reviewed in The Flutist Quarterly

I am pleased to share the newest review of “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” a 2-CD set on which I perform with Charles Abramovic, piano on Innova Recordings, in The Flutist Quarterly. It was reviewed by Andrea Kapell Loewy in the Fall 2012 issue of this publication, which is the journal of the National Flute Association.

“Odyssey” includes world premiere recordings of works by Mason Bates, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Richard Danielpour, Michael Djupstrom, Katherine Hoover, Daniel Kellogg, Gerald Levinson, David Ludwig, Andrew Rudin, David Bennett Thomas, and Zhou Tian.

The CD is available through Innova Recordings, my website, Amazon, and wherever CDs are sold.



Day 6: Syrinx Journey on Kol HaMusica, Israeli Radio

I performed Debussy’s Syrinx live on Kol HaMusica, Israel’s classical radio station, as part of a show I did while in Jerusalem recently. It was not video recorded, but I will receive a CD which I will post soon. Host Zmira Lutzky invited me to be a guest on her show “Nuages, Fêtes, Sirènes,” which she named after the movements of Debussy’s Nocturnes. She devotes her program to new music and in addition to promoting new music in general and Israeli composers in particular, she is co-director of the Israel Contemporary Players, a new music ensemble based at the Jerusalem Music Centre. A pianist by training, Zmira studied with the great Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.

The two-hour show I did included an interview, live performances, and the broadcast of selections from my most recent CD “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano,” a 2-CD set with my duo pianist Charles Abramovic on Innova Recordings, and airings of live performances of Dolce Suono Ensemble. I was impressed by Zmira’s comprehensive knowledge of new music and absolute command of English, because during the show she interviewed me in English, then gave Hebrew summaries for the listening audience. It was a delight spending time with this warm and gracious woman.

How fitting for me to perform Syrinx on this Debussy-titled show. Zmira always plays one movement of Nocturnes as a lead-in, and invited me to choose the movement. I selected “Fêtes.” Then she had me begin with Syrinx right afterwards. I also performed music by Astor Piazzolla, Tzvi Avni, and Shulamit Ran. The selections from “Odyssey” which were broadcast were by Richard Danielpour, David Ludwig, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, and Zhou Tian. Also aired: Nuit d’étoiles, a Debussy song I arranged, and a Brazilian choro from my first CD “MIMI,” and Dolce Suono Ensemble live performances of music by Telemann, Ravel, George Crumb, and Shulamit Ran. I love hearing Vox Balaenae / Voice of the Whale translated into Hebrew: Kol Ha Levyatan!

Here I am with Zmira Lutzky, host on Kol HaMusica, after our show.