Renaissance a tribute to Susan Allen

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Rachel Rudich

Rest in Peace Susie Allen,
my friend and colleague for 28 years.
We had a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and a great deal
of shared frustrations and gregarious swearing over the years,
as well as a whole lot of fabulous music making.
So many students loved you and learned from your musicality
and tenacious intelligence over the decades you taught.
Your strength and power, your sometimes rough and at-the-ready street-smarts,
as well as your musical legacy
will carry on through all those who knew you,
but especially through your wonderful and plentiful students.
CalArts will not be the same without you Susie.
We love you!
We will always remember you!

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Five Improvisations

Rachel Rudich, Shakuhachi
Kozue Matsumoto, Koto

Improvisation #1


Improvisation #2


Improvisation #3


Improvisation #4


Improvisation #5


© Kozue Matsumoto & Rachel Rudich — All Rights Reserved


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Rachel Rudich

Rachel Rudich  

Known for her performances of compositions in the contemporary repertoire, especially those for flute and electronics, Rachel Rudich has also received recognition for her intermedia performances as flutist and dancer. Her awards include First Prize in the Kreauter Musical Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music, the Artists International Award which led to her New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, and appointment to the roster of Affiliate Artists.

Rudich has received recording grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. She can be heard on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Composers Recordings Inc., Electronic Music Foundation, Koch International Classics, Mode, Music and Arts Programs of America, Musicmasters, Neuma, Newport Classic, New World, Opus One, Perspectives of New Music, and Sony Classical.

Miss Rudich received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Goddard College and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in flute performance from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Thomas Nyfenger and Harvey Sollberger. She is currently a faculty member at Pomona College, and Professor of Flute at California Institute of the Arts.

As a student of the shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute, Rachel Rudich has worked with Masakazu Yoshizawa (Los Angeles), Bill Shozan Schultz (Los Angeles), Kaoru Kakizakai (Tokyo), Christopher Yohmei Blasdel (Tokyo), Yodo Kurahashi (Kyoto), and Riley Lee (Australia). She attended and performed at the World Shakuhachi Festivals in Sydney, Australia in 2008, and in Kyoto, Japan in 2012, as well as the Rockies Shakuhachi Camp in Boulder, Colorado in 2009 through 2012, and 2017. After a performance at REDCAT, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times said, "the extended contributions by Rachel Rudich on shakuhachi were at once inventive and atmospheric." She teaches shakuhachi workshops and private students, and as part of her 2012 sabbatical from CalArts, she spent two months in Japan for extensive study of and performances on the shakuhachi.



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