Primary Instrument: Flute
Past NEWS! The 2008 WORLD FLUTE FEST CONCERT www.worldflutefest.com will benefit In Defense of Animals www.idausa.org and will take place at the beautiful Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Saturday, September 27th at 8:30pm. This will be a benefit for In Defense of Animals. Tickets available now via the Carnegie Hall website www.carnegiehall.org
2008 WORLD FLUTE FEST Featured Flutists: Carol Alban, Robert Dick, Marco Granados, Silver Flute Skip Healy, Irish Wooden Flute Ann Licater, Native American Flute Bassam Saba, Ney Flute James Nyoraku Schlefer, Shakuhachi Nancy Tyler, Silver Flute The San Francisco Flute Quartet
Other Performers: Pianists: Taylor Eigsti, Matt Herskowitz, Elaine Kwon Guitarists: Bert Lams, Joshua Dukes, Percussionists: April Centrone, Siddarth Mehta, Paradiso: Didgeridoo, Harish Raghavan: Upright Bass The Fluteville Flute Choir and Jacquelyn Familant, Soprano
Carol Alban was featured at a sold-out benefit concert for Christopher Rodriguez at Yoshi's Jazz Club in Oakland on March 24th, 2008.
Christopher Rodriguez is a 10 year old boy who got shot last month while attending a piano lesson in Oakland and was left paralyzed from the waist down.
The 8pm show: Roger Glenn, John Santos, Narada Michael Walden, Kai Eckhardt, Zoe Ellis, Keith Terry, Tina Glenn, Rafael Manriquez, Matt Herskowitz, Alvenson, the Baguette Quartette (7:45), the Oakland Jazz Choir, the Fluteville Flute Choir, Carol Alban, Nancy Tyler and other members of the Bay Area Chamber Symphony.
10pm show: Anton Schwartz, George Brooks, Kai Eckhardt, Frank Martin, Narada Michael Walden, Jose Neto, Dan Feiszli, John Santos, Roger Glenn, Alvenson, Tina Glenn, Matt Herskowitz, Suellen Primost and Carol Alban and others.
Both shows were emceed by KCSM (91.1FM radio) DJ Jesse Chuy Varela.
Please visit event web site for more info! http://www.myspace.com/benefitconcertinfo
Carol Alban was a featured performer at the JAZZ BENEFIT FOR THE BIRDS on January 1st, 2008 @7pm at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California. The concert line-up included grammy-nominated pianist Matt Herskowitz, Kenny Washington, Laurie Antonioli, Mary D'Orazi, Greg German, bassist Dave Lockhart, flutists Nancy Tyler, Antonia David and Ann Licater, Suellen Primost(cello) and other surprise musicians.
Carol Alban is an active flute teacher and performer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was on the advisory board for the recent James Galway Master Class at Copia in Napa and also assisted Lady Galway with the Teen Workshop part of the very successful event. Carol has performed at countless venues and events including the Piedmont Jazz Festival, the Berkeley Free Folk Festival, the Berkeley Piano Club, Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and the notorious CBGBs in New York City. She recently performed with Bert Lams (of the famed California Guitar Trio) in a successful benefit for the California Symphony at the home of Channel 7's news anchr Dan Ashley.
Music runs in her family and her musical ancestry includes the Norwegian virtuoso violinist and composer, Ole Bull. He was often known as the Nordic Paganini. He played an instrumental role in the career of Grieg and was an exponent of Norwegian folk music. Carol performs with various small ensembles including the Oakland New Music Ensemble and serves as the Principal Flutist of the Bay Area Chamber Symphony. Carol Alban recently founded the San Francisco Flute Quartet. She was a featured performer at the 2007 World Flute Fest.
Carol began her music studies on the piano and started playing the flute at the age of nine. Carol studied privately with Paul Renzi, former Principal Flutist with the San Francisco Symphony, while attending San Francisco State University as a Music Major with an emphasis in Flute Performance. Some other flute instructors/mentors have included Julie McKenzie (Principal Flutist with the San Francisco Opera), Janet See, and April King, former protege of Julius Baker. Carol's flute playing can be heard on a variety of CDs including upcoming albums by pianist Brian Kelly and producer Inza Bamba (which will also feature the playing of bansuri virtuoso Ravichandra Kulur). Carol has self-produced three albums of her own featuring her compositions. Carol also composes for film. Recently her music was used in the documentary Wild Beauty Betrayed and in the short film Annie's Secret. The song, Down in the Delta which she co-wrote with lyricist/vocalist Alvenson Moore was used in the film Character is Destiny (Dreamweaver Films) and Carol composed the soundtrack for Goodbye, My Love. The title track Goodbye My Love was co-written w/ Alvenson Moore with whom she is currently writing a musical.
Elegy, a solo piece she dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina has received favorable reviews from various sources including the New York Times. It was premiered at a Hurricane Katrina Benefit concert that included performances by Frederica Von Stade and Michael Tilson Thomes who called the piece Beautiful. It has been performed on violin by Mary Rowell (Ethel String Quartet) at the Tribeca New Music Festival and at Beth Anderson's Women's Work Concert Series at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City. It has also been performed on oboe and pipa. It is currently being performed on clarinet and saxophone by Demetrius Spaneas on his Eurasian tour.
Carol's other compositions have been performed by many artists including grammy-nominated pianist Matt Herskowitz, International Concert Pianist Sandro Russo and the Bay Area Chamber Symphony. Visit Carol's myspace page to hear samples of her playing and composing. Please contact Carol directly if you're interested in performing her compositions.
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Carol Alban teaches beginning piano, guitar and recorder and ALL ages and levels of Flute (including beginners). Carol also directs Fluteville, a youth flute choir. See website for more info: www.hometown.aol.com/flutesolo