Biography

1_beth-fleenor_photo-by-kelly-o_2013.jpgComposer/clarinetist/vocalist Beth Fleenor harbors a strong love for variety & all sonic manipulation, moving freely through genres such as jazz, rock, classical, contemporary chamber, Slavic & American folk, metal, musique concrete, ambient & pop. Her work has been heard internationally from 100,000 seat rock festivals, maximum-security prisons, and performance art in rural bars, to art galleries, bunkers, sidewalks, sacred spaces, and some of the most prestigious concert halls, museums, clubs and theaters in the country.  Believing that “art is the discipline of being,” Fleenor uses sound to open the channels of communication between and within individuals and environments. Her work as been heard in live music, recordings, theater, performance art, installation, modern dance, and film. She believes that an emphasis on creativity in a culture gives rise to creative solutions to social problems.

Fleenor is honored to have worked with artists such as Wayne Horvitz,  Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, King Crimson’s Trey Gunn, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Robin Holcomb, Jherek Bischoff, Joshual Kohl,  Matana Roberts, Briggan Krauss, Skerik, Amy Denio, Samantha Boshnack, Led To Sea, Mirah, Soko, William O. Smith, Eyvind Kang, Malcom Goldstein, Jessika Kenney, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Jim Knapp, Denney Goodhew, Paris Hurley, Jim Black, Timothy Young, Paul Moore, John Tchicai, Gretta Harley, Bright Archer (Johanna Kunin), Mike Dillon, Parenthetical Girls, Robin Lynn Smith, Gino Yevdjevich/KULTUR SHOCK, Shane Perlowin,  Implied Violence, Paul Budraitis, Jessica Lurie, Jeff Huston,  Bill Patton, Monktail Creative Music Concern, Tom Swafford, John Burrow, Matthew Richmond, Stephen Parris, Michael Owcharuk, Stephen Fandrich, and Zachary Watkins, among many others.


crystal beth photo by lord fotog

Currently she can be found performing with Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band, Workshop Ensemble (WE), Sam  Boshnack Quintet, Wayne Horvitz: Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, Double Yoko,  Zubatto Syndicate, Chick Influenza, and Wayne Horvitz: Electric Circus.

Fleenor holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been supported by Jack Straw Productions, 4Culture, Allied Arts, Artist Trust, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. She has been based in Seattle since 1998.

Additional notes:

In 2004, Fleenor commissioned and premiered ten works for clarinet – compositions ranging from standard ensemble configurations and notation, to works that included laptop, found instruments and electronics, prepared instruments and conducted improvisations. A recording of her commission Dubious Diversions, by composer Tom Swafford, is included as part of the audio guide at Seattle Art Museum.

Also in 2004, Fleenor launched The Frank Agency: Innovative Arts Management. Frank’s biography here: https://bfdirectline.wordpress.com/projects/the-frank-agency/

In 2007, Fleenor was awarded an Earshot Golden Ear award for Performance of the Year, as a member of the Monktail Raymond Scott Project. That same year she launched the sonic module Figeater, a time-based, performance process emphasized ensemble. In Figeater players would learn compositions aurally and improvise freely, sometimes triggering the set works while surfing without parameters for live shows.

In 2010, commissioned by the Seattle Jazz Compoesrs Ensemble, she began work on a series of Movement Exercises for Blindfolded Ensemble, etudes created to amplify empathic communication, activating deeper ensemble intention.

In 2011 she began a multi-year visual installation and outreach project called Mother May I incorporating cross-stitched sound wave forms used as graphic scores.

In 2013 she released Sweet FIGEATER Surprise, a three CD performative box set.

In 2014 Fleenor was awarded a residency through Artist Trust and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She spent a month in the woods of Austerlitz, NY to create new works for blindfolded musicians, and Liberation Ritual 1, a 14-segment suite of music premiered at the Earshot Jazz Festival.

In 2015 Fleenor released SILT a sonic meditation, with her 12-piece Workshop Ensemble, on Bunny Blasto Records.

BF_photo by Krk Nordenstrom

For complete emersion in Fleenor’s artistic practice please visit https://mybuffalos.wordpress.com/

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