Natassja Linzau earned her Bachelor of Music Degree with Honors from Brigham Young University, where she studied with Robert Smith and Dian Baker. Natassja completed her Master of Music Degree at the Catholic University of America, where she studied chamber music and accompanying with Ms. Marilyn Neeley. Natassja's chamber music trio participated as finalists in the Fischoff Collegiate Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA Collegiate Music Competition. Natassja currently performs with several chamber ensembles in the Washington, DC area.
Tonescapes also includes guest artists Kara Ebert, Lisa Sheldone and Karen Edwards on ensemble flutes.
Music can evoke powerful images. Musicians have understood this capability since the beginning of time. Even tribal dances and its music depicts pictures and tells stories for its audience. This CD honors the magical spell that music casts upon us. The title of each work provides insight to the subject matter, and the music fills in the spaces.
This album includes solo and ensemble music for all the flutes in the flute family. Baikal Journey (premiere recording) by Catherine McMichael, is a fantastic work for solo bass flute, alto flute, e-flat flute and C flute. The entire work is a tribute to Lake Baikal, the world's largest and most endangered body of fresh water that it is unfamiliar to most people beyond Russia's borders. Catherine borrows Russia's common names for this lake for the titles and uses folk tunes as well as original music to portray this incredible place. Throughout our correspondence, she kept sending me amazing facts about this lake. It is apparent through her music, that Lake Baikal is a magical and mysterious place for her. The final movement calls for the E flat flute, an instrument rarely written for that offers a woody, rustic sound quality that well suits the character.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Alone in the Rain
2. Orientale-In the Rice Paddy
3. In the Temple
4. Cantique Jean Racine
5. Pot-Pourri Brasiliero
7. Academie of Dance-Chante
11. Lyric Poem
12. Baikal Journey-Sacred Cauldron
13. Ancient Friend
14. Pearl of Siberia
15. Crystal Sea