2Flutes is Laura Falzon and Pamela Sklar, who between them have performed a wide spectrum of works ranging from Classical, contemporary, rock, pop, folk and jazz, and performed concerts throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Morocco, India and Japan They each bring a wealth of performing experiences to the ensemble, having performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Morocco, India and Japan in many venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Symphony Space and many more. Steeped in distinctly varied musical backgrounds, 2Flutes perform music ranging from newly written works to standard repertoire and arrangements of classics. Twice winners of the New York Women Composers Seed Grant awards, they have just recorded their first album “Tapestry” which includes works specifically written or arranged for them. The CD will be released in the next few months. As well as concerts they also conduct workshops and educational residencies.
Flutist Laura Falzon has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia with concerto, recital and chamber music performances in France, Portugal, Finland, England, Scotland, the Channel Islands, Malta, Greece, the US and India. In New York, Falzon has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, 92ndY, Baryshnikov Arts Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Spectrum, The Tank, Tenri, Engelman recital hall, and The Allen Room at Frederick Rose Hall. She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles including London’s Spectrum ensemble, St. Martin in the Fields Sinfonia, Rasumovsky Quartet, Mimesis ensemble, Random Access Music, the National Orchestra of Malta, Stockholm’s Curious Chamber Players, Bleecker STQ, and Elekoto ensemble. Praised by the Musical Times for her “versatile technique”, she is hailed for being “fearless in tackling and promoting” challenging new works (PAN Magazine, British Flute Society). Dr. Falzon has worked with numerous composers and premiered many works including pieces by Mohammed Fairouz, Dai Fujikura, Nickos Harizanos, Charles Camilleri, Halim El-Dabh, Theodore Wiprud, Alice Shields, Carlos Jose Castro, Bushra El-Turk, the Anglo-Indian composer John Mayer and many others. The recipient of numerous awards, she received grants and awards from The British Arts Council, Rockefeller Foundation, New York Women Composers, Rotary Foundation, Hope Scot Trust, Scottish Arts Council, West Midlands Arts, and Sparkplug Foundation. A founding member and artistic director of ISSA Sonus ensemble, she studied flute with Sebastian Bell, Susan Milan, Kim McCormick and Julius Baker. Dr. Falzon is a graduate of Columbia University from where she achieved her Doctorate. She is on the music faculty at Columbia University’s Teachers College and New York University.
A published composer of chamber music, Pamela Sklar performs and collaborates as a flutist and composer, improvising and playing many styles of music. Described as “engaging… piquant…stimulating…delightful” by the New York Times, her performances or collaborations as soloist/ guest artist/ principal player include appearances with Dave Brubeck, Gil Shaham, and Alan Hovhaness. As co-founder and director of L’Arema Ensemble, she worked closely with Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa; with Claude Bolling she appeared throughout the USA, Canada, France, Mexico and Morocco. As member/soloist of the NY Ragtime Orchestra, she toured Japan five times. Praised by the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly for her debut CD A Native American-Jazz Tribute “the listener is transformed into another time and place…hauntingly beautiful…full of colors…mastery”, Ms. Sklar can be heard on recordings for many other artists including Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and Natalie Cole. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with Honors from the Mannes College of Music and studied with John Wummer, Karl Kraber, Samuel Baron and Marcel Moyse.