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THE MODERN BASSOON


"We're finally catching up to where we were in the baroque era...where composers, listeners and performers are understanding what a rich solo instrument the bassoon actually is."

- Rebekah Heller 

Rebekah Heller is considered one of the top bassoonists in the world, and is a uniquely dynamic soloist, collaborative artist, improviser, curator, and educator. Called "an impressive solo bassoonist" by The New Yorker, she is fiercely committed to expanding the modern repertoire for the bassoon.


Rebekah has a passion for commissioning and performing new music, coupled with her expertise as a pedagogue, organizational dreamer, fundraiser, and conscientious curator, making her uniquely positioned to guide early-career artists and arts organizations that seek to forge their own way. 


She is a big believer in the responsibility musicians have to represent diversity and audiences around them.

 
 

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WHAT IS FLAMENCO BASSOON?


"I am often referred to as the creator of the flamenco bassoon, but I do not consider myself the creator of anything. I remember my flamenco roots from my childhood, when I listened to Spanish music. The bassoon is a tool with which I have shown my freedom."

- Niño Rubén

Niño Rubén is considered to be the creator of flamenco bassoon: specialist in interpretation and composition of Spanish and flamenco music.


He was born in Doña Mencía, south of Spain, in 1997. Considered one of the most transgressive artists within the music panorama, he has earned several awards including the applause of international critics. Through his unique style of flemenco bassoon, Rubén has discovered a whole universe of new sounds based upon a traditional style of Spanish music. He has been able to include the bassoon in spaces where it has never been seen before, raising awareness for one of the world's most unknown symphonic instruments.

About Birth of Flamenco Bassoon


This short film is created directly from his insides, even the air that goes through his instrument has the scent of Andalucía. For three consecutive years, Niño Rubén has been presenting his bassoon, live and direct, as the new colour of flamenco art. He manages to unveil, from the origins of this genre, today Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the first glimpses of a very personal and unprecedented touch up until now. This first work is essential to understand from where this young promise’s musical universe is created.

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