Sarabande-Solo Flute Meditations
In the beginning, there was a breath. And that breath became sound - a sound so pure, sweet and simple, it seemed to flow straight from the heart of the world. It was the sound of a silver flute.... Okay, maybe that's not the way the world began. But when you hear the sonorous sound of a silver flute played by Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale, you just might begin to believe! From the enchanting, entrancing solo flute melodies of Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale, to the vibrant world music, Latin and jazz of Laura Sue and Orquestra Nightingale, this unique flautist, vocalist and composer is winning fans and healing hearts wherever she goes. In Orquestra Nightingale, Laura Sue leads a spirited ensemble of world-class acoustic musicians, delighting fans of all ages with original and traditional tunes from Brazilian, Cuban, North American and European musical traditions. Jazz standards are right at home with rootsy riffs, nestling in next to lilting flute melodies. In her soaring solo flute performances, Laura Sue offers spellbinding improvisations and imaginative interpretations of classical, new age, Celtic and folk melodies. In addition to her solo and ensemble work, Laura Sue collaborates with accomplished duo partners like classical guitar master Ramon Justicia and New Orleans blues queen pianist Sally Townes. Laura Sue's debut CD, 'Sarabande - Solo Flute Meditations', has been heard on radio stations from coast to coast, and has assisted countless people in their personal and professional lives. She's currently in production for her second solo CD, 'Return to Avalon', recorded live at sacred sites in England and France, and is preparing to record a CD live in concert with Orquestra Nightingale. Laura Sue's performances have captivated audiences at exotic venues around the country, from San Francisco's Grand Piano and Joyous Lake in Woodstock, to New Orleans' Kaldi CoffeeMuseum and Miami's Vizcaya Palace. Her magical flute has graced lectures by Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, and she's opened for Judy Collins and Craig Chaquico. . . . . . . . Flute Fusion . . . . . . . Laura Sue's ability to impart the heart of the music has prompted natives of countries as diverse as Brazil, Ireland and India to inquire if she was from their homeland as well. Born in the USA, this first generation daughter of immigrants has soaked up the music of numerous cultures throughout her life, integrating them into a unique blend she calls Flute Fusion. She's been privileged to study with musicians like Grammy-winning Brazilian reed player Paulo Moura, African drum patriarch Olatunji, and vocal icon Bobby McFerrin. She's been a teacher at Appel Farm, a student at Creative Music Studio, a respected music columnist, and frequent panelist at music business conferences. Laura Sue currently writes features and profiles for Heat Beat, South Florida's Jazz and Blues magazine. In demand for session work, Laura Sue has played on so many artists' CDs, she qualifies to be a full voting member of NARAS (the folks who put on the Grammys). She has an open invitation to sit in with an amazing array of internationally-touring performers, including Wisconsin's world-class world music troupe One Drum; Philadelphia's charmingly eclectic Maggie, Pierce and E.J.; award-winning Vermont singer-songwriter Rachel Bissex; and Miami's visionary vocal ensemble Inner Voice. She's been honored to sit in with legendary pianist Marian McPartland, and play privately for guitarist Ralph Towner, who commented: 'You're a real player!' Throughout her career, Laura Sue has shared her music to benefit countless community and non-profit organizations, with a special interest in groups working for peace, safe energy sources, environmental preservation, holistic health, and equal rights for all people. Laura Sue feels a special calling to play for people at the end of life and facing life-challenging illness, as well as those grieving the loss of dear ones. To that end, she's played bedside and shared her music at memorial services, educational and fundraising events for hospices around Florida since the early 1990's. In July 2003, she established a program of weekly musical visits at the hospice wing of North Broward Medical Center in Pompano Beach, Florida, funded in part by VSA arts of Florida, the Endowment Fund of Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale, and Hospice of Gold Coast. She's currently working with hospital administration to expand the music and arts available for patients, families and hospital staff. . . . . . . . What people are saying about Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale: 'I knew you were going to be good, but I didn't know you would be THAT good! You are an incredible musician... and the band was wonderful. I look forward to having you back!' - Laurie Oudin, Main Street Cafe (THE listening room in Florida!) on Orquestra Nightingale's debut 'I love your music - it's really fantastic! It brings me a sense of peace, and is uplifting, and brings a smile to my face all at the same time.' - Aphrodite Jones, author 'I want to thank you very much for a fantastic CD. I listened to it on my Walkman the 2 nights I was in the hospital, and for several nights thereafter. It is magical, mystical, spiritual music, and I think it is contributing to my speedy recovery. Thank you!' - Marian Wertalka 'I love your music! I have written my book 'Inhale God, Exhale Fear' listening to flute often. I look forward to my rewrites/editing listening to you. Love, Marcelene Dyer' - with CD order 'My enjoyment of your recorded music is only eclipsed by being in your presence - you are wonderful!! The 'Ave Maria' in particular took me out of there! Thanks so much for being part of the Dialogues on Awakening Conference, and for blessing us all with your wonderful gifts.' - Rev. Taylor Stevens, Palm Beach Center for Living 'I just wanted to tell you that my mother finally passed away this morning. We've had your tape close by and we always played music in my mom's hospital room. It was a very big part of her last days, and here with us.' - Judy Summers 'Flautist/singer/composer Laura Sue Wilansky is one of the area's busiest and most giving performers. In recent months she has helped raise funds (and spirits) for numerous local charities... It's amazing that she has time left over for more commercial activities. But in fact, she is now representing Borders, Deutsche Grammophon, and Discover Card in their joint national music promotion, '100 Reasons You Should be Listening to Classical Music'' - JAM Magazine 'We are spending time in Provence again this summer and your music will be perfect for the house. Please send two of your latest CDs.' - Lyn Kurpiewski 'I gave your tape to my granddaughter Brittnay who is 12 and started flute lessons last year. She plays your tape every night at bedtime and says she can't go to sleep without it! It does my heart good to have the blessings of a special granddaughter and the special spiritual music of the flute. Thank you!' - Jan 'l want to thank you deeply for your contribution of song and spirit at the conference. You helped lighten the load and touched a place inside which needed a touch. You are a healer with your music.' - John Ragusa 'I have added your Sarabande CD to my 7 a.m. making the school lunches playlist and have found it to be a wonderful way to start the day. There is something very calming and uplifting about it at the same time. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. I truly hope we get the chance to make music together in the future.' - Jeff Green, guitarist for One Drum and Sharav 'One of South Florida's hardest working musicians will be sure to entertain and astound you. Last time she was here she opened up for Justin Hayward in front of 650 people! Don't miss this opportunity to catch a very talented flautist.' - Borders Books and Music, Fort Lauderdale 'The Dancing Flute - An evening of sheer beauty as the goddess of wind instruments tantalizes our senses with her inspired sounds. A rare and moving experience.' - Richard Ryal, Poet Laureate for The Silver Nightingale.