I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene. We became friends through similar musical interests, musical exploration, a desire to bridge the gap between high (new art music) and vernacular music (jazz, pop, and the blues), and a shared excitement brought to ping pong, which we would play for hours.
Robert gradually introduced me to the new language of extended techniques he was creating for the flute and I was intrigued and entranced by its possibilities. He was not only writing works for himself in the tradition of Paganini, but seeking out composers who wished to write for his extraordinary ...
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