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A performance written by and for the Chapel Hill community, Discourse features present-day narratives and history, with voices sourced from community gatherings and archival recordings, and an expanded ensemble of acoustic and electronic instruments.
In summer 2018, Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull (known together as Flutronix), began a multi-year residency at Carolina Performing Arts to create the project now known as Discourse, which has grown into a community-centered social change initiative and a new musical work by the artists premiering at CPA.
The seeds of Discourse were planted in response to the fear, uncertainty and frustration dividing the U.S. Now, Flutronix has created an emotionally resonant new work in which the voices and personal stories of Chapel Hill are brought to vibrant life.
Commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, Discourse draws inspiration from — and incorporates —individual stories from this place for a stunning immersive musical performance. Originally set to premiere in spring 2020, Discourse has been re-envisioned for this new premiere in February 2022 at CPA’s CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio.
Discourse will feature present-day narratives and history, with voices sourced from community gatherings and archival recordings, combined with an expanded ensemble of acoustic and electronic instruments, including Yvonne Lam on viola, Seth Parker-Woods on cello, and Joe Blaxx on drums. Discourse is an immersive performance, incorporating lighting design by Nicholas Houfek, sound design by Richard Salino, and dramaturgy by Sunder Ganglani.
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Flutronix is comprised of Nathalie Joachim and Allison Loggins-Hull, two distinguished flutists and composers known for their “unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming, and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu” (The Wall Street Journal). Founded in Brooklyn, NY, the urban art pop duo have spent over a decade evolving as influential creators and socially conscious changemakers.
Joachim and Loggins-Hull have supported each other on commissions from St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, creating work about iconic female Haitian musicians (Fanm d’Ayiti, nominated for a Best World Music Grammy), and Southern black artists (History’s Persistent Voice). Aside from Discourse, upcoming programming includes Black Being, an evening-length performance collaboration with poet Jaki Shelton Green exploring black feminism, premiering at the Chicago Arts Club in fall 2021.
Flutronix independently publishes their extensive catalog of chamber and large ensemble works, and are dedicated educators, holding appointments at Montclair State University, the Banff Center for the Arts, and The Hartt School.
Nathalie Joachim, flute and voice
Allison Loggins-Hull, flute
Yvonne Lam, viola
Seth Parker Woods, cello
Joe Blaxx, drums
Sunder Ganglani, dramaturg
Richard Salino, sound design
Nicholas Houfek, lighting design
Community and Campus Partners
Community Empowerment Fund
Southern Oral History Program
The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History
Global Scholars Academy
The University Libraries
Ruth Dial Woods
Malinda Maynor Lowery
Students of UNC Chapel Hill
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