Featured work: Dan Mwen Yo for cello and recorded sound (May 3)
Nathalie Joachim is “an edgy multi- genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute”. (The Washington Post) Critics hail the Brooklyn born Haitian-American for creating “a 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) Ms. Joachim regularly combines her exceptional performance skill as a flutist with her creative talents as a composer, producer and singer, navigating genres ranging from classical and jazz to indie-rock and electronic. She is co-artistic director and flutist of the four-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird, and co- founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known best for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”(MTV Iggy
Ms. Joachim has performed and recorded with an impressive range of today’s most exciting artists and ensembles including Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Bryce Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Dan Deacon and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. Her original compositions have been broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Q2, J-Wave, Tokyo FM, FM Yokohama and more. In addition, Ms. Joachim has been featured in television segments on SNL, Late Show with David Letterman, Telemundo, BK Live and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN super bowl commercial.
As a composer, Joachim has acquired a number of notable commissions for dance, instrumentalists and interdisciplinary theater, each featuring her signature electroacoustic style. Upcoming works include Discourse, an evening-length performance, community engagement and social change initiative commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, being developed in residence at UNC Chapel Hill for a 2019-20 season world premiere. Joachim’s 2018 centerpiece Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti), an evening-length work for flute, voice, string quartet and electronics, is a celebration of some of Haiti’s most iconic yet under recognized female artists, as well as an exploration of Joachim’s personal Haitian heritage. Commissioned by and developed in residence through St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, Fanm d’Ayiti will tour nationally in the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with Chicago-based Grammy-nominated ensemble Spektral Quartet. The work will be recorded for Joachim’s first featured solo album release slated for late 2019. Other recent projects include Land Bridge, an evening-length score for Helen Simoneau Danse (2016) funded by New Music USA; Ulysses in 3, a collaboration with renowned jazz drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. as part of Park Avenue Armory’s Under Construction residency program (2015); and Dam Mwen Yo for solo cello and processed field recordings written for Amanda Gookin of PUBLIQuartet as part of her Forward Music Project, which premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY and is featured in a TEDX Talk. (2017).
Ms. Joachim is an official Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, and has appeared as a concert soloist both in recital and with orchestra on stages throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, where she is represented by Village Again Records. Highlights include featured performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, National Flute Association Conventions, Gezmataz Genoa Jazz Festival, Symphony Space, Biwako Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, WNYC’s Greenespace and 92Y Tribeca among others.
She is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Carol Wincenc and Jayn Rosenfeld, and was the first person to successfully complete the conservatory’s MAP, Pre-College, and College Division programs. Upon graduation, she was granted the first ever Juilliard InterArts Award for independently producing and presenting exceptional interdisciplinary arts performances involving music, dance, theater and technology while pursuing her degree. She continued her graduate degree studies at The New School, where her focus was audio production and sound design. Ms. Joachim’s graduate performance thesis, presented at BRIC House, was an evening length work entitled Moving Words featuring an original score, video and dance.
Since then, education has continued to play a major role in her career as an active educator of students of all ages and skill levels. Ms. Joachim is Director of Contemporary Chamber Music at the Perlman Music Program; a former flute faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program; and has coached chamber music for The Juilliard School’s Pre- College Division. Her youth education workshops, presented internationally with Flutronix, focus on creative collaboration and the use of traditional instruments in modern ways including improvisation, extended techniques and the integration of technology. At the university level, she has been presented as a music career lecturer and panelist, and has led masterclasses for The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, University of the Arts, New York Flute Club, New England Conservatory, Oklahoma Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other institutions across the country. She is a faculty member and Co-Artistic Director at Eighth Blackbird’s Blackbird Creative Lab, and has held faculty positions at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.