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Professor of Flute at California State University in Fresno, Laurel Zucker is a well-known teacher, recital, concerto and chamber music soloist who has 48+ recordings of flute music on her own label - Cantilena Records. What you may not know, is that she is also an accomplished and talented composer!
Steve Marsh, reviewer of Guitar Magazine, enthusiastically describes flutist Laurel Zucker's compositions in this recording, "Soundscapes of the Americas" in this way: The extensive and interesting programme notes provided by the renowned flautist, Laurel Zucker, tell of her extensive travelling through North, Central and South America and the works on this disc reflect these explorations through a programme of descriptive, expressive and very enjoyable compositions. Shades of Villa-lobos dwell in parts of the opening track "Brazilian Sounds" scored for flute, guitar and cello, and this influence spills over into "Tears of the Amazon." The natural world was the stimulation behind the enchanting "Celtic Snowflakes," where the harp is highly suggestive of gentle snowflakes, and the tallest flying bird native to South and Central America, "The Jabiru" has a complete 3 movement suite for flute and cello dedicated to it. Capybaras, caimen and spider monkeys are musically depicted here. The longest work is the 5 movement South American Suite for flute and guitar. The inspiration here comes from forestry, an anaconda and the excitement felt by the composer travelling through such hostile territory- a "makes you jump moment" comes at the conclusion of movement 3 which features the flute technique called "jet whistle" - yet another nod in the direction of Villa-lobos who wrote a work for flute and cello titled after this technique."
Zucker - Brazilian Sounds (flute, cello, guitar)Zucker - Tears of The Amazon (flute, cello, guitar) Zucker - Rocky Shores (flute, guitar) Zucker - A Walk In The Rain (flute, harp) Zucker - Celtic Snowflakes (flute, harp) Zucker - The Jabiru Suite (flute, cello) Zucker - South American Suite (flute, guitar) Zucker - Tennesee Cloud Suite (flute, harp) Zucker - When The Moon Is Blue (flute, guitar)Zucker - Locomotion (flute, guitar)