Flutist returns to Music at the Library series

By Brian Soergel | Nov 16, 2017
Gary Stroutsos returns to the “Music at the Library” series in Edmonds.
Music at the Library: Gary Stroutsos

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov 16
Where: Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St (above the Edmonds Library)
Admission: Free
Information: www.edmondswa.gov/arts-commission.html

 

If you were to attempt to listen to Gary Stroutsos’ complete catalog of music consecutively – from early works to the present – you’d have to block out a huge chunk of time.

Stroutsos will bring a sample of his repertoire to town when he returns for an encore performance Thursday, Nov. 16, as part of the free “Music at the Library” series in Edmonds.

The flutist kicked off the library’s inaugural concert series in 2016. The series, sponsored by the City of Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Library and Friends of the Edmonds Library, is in conjunction with Art Walk Edmonds, held the third Thursday of the month.

How to describe Stroutsos’ music?

“That’s a hard question,” he said. “I do not like talking about my music, but I see it as healing with a focus on finding the spiritual inside whatever I am playing or recording. Since most of my recordings now and performances are in a solo format, I really do not fit a genre of music.”

Although he’s most often put into the new-age music category, Stroutsos doesn’t use that term.

“If I were to be put (my music) into a genre, it would be instrumental, world flute music based on the inspirations of our natural world and various diverse cultures I work with to create the sounds you hear.”

In Edmonds, the program will feature time-honored stories and meditative flute melodies, both ancestral and modern.

“During my presentations, I like to tell stories that go with the songs I share,” Stroutsos said. “Every song has a story behind it. I also like to bring historical origins of the music I am playing to my presentations to give people a sense of a foundation of where the music was first produced.

“As for my own original music, it all has a story to tell.”

Originally trained as a jazz flutist, studying with composer James Newton and Afro-Cuban flutist Danilo Lozano, Stroutsos’ work now features American Indian music, along with Chinese, Cuban, and American jazz stylings.

His flute collection features over a hundred instruments, including the seldom heard Chinese Bamboo flutes, the Xiao and Dizi.

Stroutsos’ latest album is “Along the River.”

“My music has the ability to slow things down for a time, let folks have deep contemplation, find a spirit of place,” said Stroutsos, who lives in Seattle and also performed earlier this year at the Dayton Street Plaza dedication in April. “I want people to think of times gone by and our relationship to our natural world.”

Music at the Library continues 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with the Canote Brothers Old Time and Swing; 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 with Puget Sound Productions performing original and traditional Folk music; 2 p.m. Feb. 10 with the Wintergrass Festival Preview performance and jam session with Downtown Mountain Boys; 6:30 p.m. March 15, with the Edmonds-Woodway Jazz Ensemble; and 6:30 p.m. April 19, with Mark Press’ “Music with Theater.”

 

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