Wayward in Limbo #19: Leanna Keith

A freelance flutist, artist, improviser, and composer, Leanna Keith delights in creating sound experiences that make audiences laugh, cry, and say: “I didn’t know the flute could do that!” Her performance artworks have focused on cultural connection and the breaking of audience/performer boundaries. She is co-founder of the 501(c)(3) arts organization Kin of the Moon and is co-artistic director and flutist of the ensemble. You can support her directly via Patreon.

This improvisation was made while thinking deeply about what it is to make sound when no one is around to hear it, to shout into the void, expecting no answer while still hoping for some form of communication. The first half is entirely on bass flute, and is a bit of a manic expression of emotion. The second half is bass flute + electronics, piccolo, C flute – perhaps the void speaks back. Ultimately, it returns to a single voice, that is still somehow, changed.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of previously unreleased material.