Patti Monson is a flutist with the New York new music ensemble Sequitur, the Curiously Strong Wind Quintet, Flute Force, Music from China, and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, as director of the Contemporary Ensemble TACTUS.
She is a frequent guest artist on several recital series dedicated to new music, and has been invited to give masterclasses on contemporary repertoire and extended sounds at many universities and conservatories. She is responsible for the commissions of several new flute works under the title chamber music for solo flute, a collection of pieces which are multi-voiced, in many different ways, for one flutist. In these pieces, the composers are encouraged to create using multiphonics, extended voice sounds or spoken text, electronics, video, processed or delayed with implied counterpoint or harmony, or pre-recorded flutes – in the many ways they find fascinating. Her new recording High Art recently released on the Albany Records label is the second disc in a series dedicated to these commissions.
Guest performances include Pittsburg’s Music on the Edge Series, the Open Ears Festival, New York’s Bang On a Can Marathon and Banglewood, Locrian Chamber Players, Modern Works, The Asia Society, Music At The Anthology, The Sonic Boom Festival, June in Buffalo, Festival in the Hamptons, Music from China, the Lincoln Center Summer Festival, the Lake Placid Institute for the Arts, with Molissa Fenley at the Kitchen and the Joyce Theater/Soho, the Houston Contemporary Arts Festival, Flute Force, the Festival Internationale de Costa Rica, Ensemble 21 of New York, The Festival for Music of Extended Duration – Prague, The Common Sense Composers Collective, The Gaudeamus Festival – Rotterdam, The Bach Aria, Spoleto, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festivals, The Society of Composers, and the National Flute Association.
She has previously recorded for the CRI, Koch, Sony Classical, Albany and Nonesuch labels. Recent releases include her second solo disc released in December, 2003 on the Albany Label, High Art / chamber music for solo flute; with new commissions of Harold Meltzer, Steven Burke, Mathew Rosenblum, and Randall Woolf; and works by Martin Bresnick and David Lang, Conspirare / chamber music for solo flute on the CRI label, Takemitsu’s flute duets Masque with flutist Laura Gilbert (Koch), Randy Wolf’s Where The Wild Things Are (CRI), Joe Jackson’s Symphony No. 1 (Sony Classical-2001 Grammy), and Steve Reich’s Eight Lines with Bang On A Can (Nonesuch).
Ms. Monson holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Yale University School of Music. Her private teachers have included Thomas Nyfenger, Bonita Boyd, Robert Dick, Samuel Baron, and Judith Mendenhall.