The versatile duo of Peter H. Bloom (flute) and Mark Leighton (guitar) will perform Chamber Music and Jazz Standards: from Schubert to the Great American Songbook on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm at the Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington St, Quincy, MA 02169. Free admission. Bloom and Leighton have performed together for over 20 years, winning praise for superb musicianship and engaging concerts spanning the classical and jazz traditions. The February 23 concert will include music by Franz Schubert, Jacques Ibert, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Mauro Giuliani, plus standards by Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, George Shearing, and others.
On March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457, Bloom will join Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato and pianist/harpist Mary Jane Rupert in a Gala Vocal Chamber Concert including treasures by Mozart, Schubert, Ravel, Chopin, Beethoven, and Manuel de Falla. The program includes Bloom's transcription of Schubert's masterpiece Shepherd on the Rock (the clarinet part transcribed for alto flute) and Fantaisie Opus 124 by Camille Saint-Saens (Bloom transcribed the violin part for concert flute); both transcriptions were recently published by www.noteworthysheetmusic.com
On March 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm at Lipscomb University, Nashville TN, the duo “2” (Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute and piccolo; Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp) will perform new music by Elizabeth Vercoe, Pamela Marshall, Richard Nelson and Narong Prangcharoen. On March 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN, the duo "2" will perform Bach to the Future (including a J.S. Bach sonata, Beethoven's Adelaide with variations, the Saint Saens Fantaisie Opus 124 and Pamela Marshall's Zoa (2011) written for "2". On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm at Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill, SC, the Duo "2" will perform Chamber Music from the Old World and the New, including a J. S. Bach sonata, Aaron Copland's Duo (1971), Elizabeth Vercoe's Kleemation and Schubert's Theme and Variations Opus 160. This program will be repeated on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Frederick, MD.
Peter H. Bloom, flutist, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs diverse chamber music from period-instrument concerts to premieres of new music. He is also a noted jazz artist. He concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; is featured on 40 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, Leo Records, and other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. He has given lectures, workshops and master classes across the globe on such wide-ranging topics as contemporary music, improvisation, historical performance, and exploratory jazz.
A champion of new music, Mr. Bloom collaborates extensively with composers and has given premieres of works by Richard Nelson, Mark Harvey, Elizabeth Vercoe, Peter Aldins, Richard Cornell, John Felice, Paul Brust, Narong Prangcharoen, Marianela Maduro, Len Detlor, Karl Henning, Pamela Marshall, Joseph Fear, Matt Samolis, and others. Original compositions, including numerous works written for him, have been a vital part of his concert tours for more than three decades, across forty states and four continents. He has performed in festivals and series for adventurous music, including the Back Cove Contemporary Music Festival, the Autumn Uprising Festival of New Music, Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, the Ninth Ear Composers Collective, Composers in Red Sneakers, and Underground Composers, among others. In a collaboration spanning 20 years, Peter Bloom and pianist/harpist Mary Jane Rupert (the duo “2”) have toured the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand, performing recent works by U.S, New Zealand and Thai composers.
Mr. Bloom’s career in jazz encompasses free improvisation, jazz standards, blues, bebop and the avant-garde. He has appeared with Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Taylor Ho Bynum, Walter Thompson, Raj Mehta, Mark Harvey and other notables. A 37-year veteran with the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (“a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” JazzTimes), Bloom has performed at hundreds of venues and appears on eleven Aardvark CDs, including six discs on Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventuresome music labels. With members of Aardvark, he recorded improvised music for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”
Mr. Bloom is a noted interpreter of early music, and has given period-instrument concerts in the United States, Canada and Europe, appearing chiefly with Ensemble Chaconne (28th season, praised for “vitality and character, style and verve” – MusicWeb International). He has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, The American Antiquarian Society and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (25 years), where he has given numerous lecture-demonstrations and recorded for the audio guide to historical woodwinds.
Mr. Bloom is a Board member of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition and serves as contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music. His arrangements and compositions are available on the NSM website. Peter H. Bloom is managed by Americas Musicworks, Rebecca DeLamotte, director, telephone 617 776 8778 or email delamotte-amw@