Nancy Rumbel: The Creative Double Reed Player

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Wednesday / October 23, 2013 / 1:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street

Grammy Award-winning oboist Nancy Rumbel will present a class titled “The Creative Double Reed Player.” Rumbel is a professional composer, recording artist, performer, and teacher. Her primary instruments are oboe, English horn, double wooden ocarinas, clay ocarinas, and keyboards. She is well known for her work for the past 28 years with the Grammy Award-winning duo Tingstad & Rumbel. She has also recorded on releases with Susan Osborn, Cris Williamson, Lydia McCauley, and most recently, Wind Music of Taiwan.

Rumbel’s imaginative sound palettes and willingness to delve into uncharted solo performance and recording opportunities with musicians, filmmakers, dancers, writers, photographers, painters, bird watchers, and even psychologists have provided her with a very interesting life. Says Rumbel, “People are often unfamiliar with the instruments I play and are curious and motivated to use them. Due to their uniqueness, I am as much of an educator as I am a performer. Consequently, at times I can feel like a curiosity, an endangered species, and a pioneer all rolled into one.”