I'm very pleased to announce that I've joined the award-winning Areon Flutes as a regular member. I had been an acting member for the 2015-16 season and have played with them a couple times before that. It's been a wonderful experience to perform with these amazing musicians and I look forward to contributing to the future of this great organization.
About Areon Flutes
The award-winning Areon Flutes provides audiences a fresh outlook on traditional chamber music. Noted for innovative programming and collaborations, Areon is a premier chamber music ensemble based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group's performances are known for creatively engaging its audiences with unique staging, theatrics, choreography, and using all members of the flute family.
Areon Flutes members Jill Heinke Moen, Kassey Plaha, Meerenai Shim, and Sasha Launer and guest artists have received high praise for their remarkable performances. Their New York debut in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in September 2007 received rave reviews: "These players know what kind of new music pleases audiences and critics alike" and "The group itself was memorable; they are a treat to all the senses" (Anthony Aibel , New York Concert Review). In May 2008, Areon Flutes was awarded the Bronze Medal at the prestigious and internationally recognized Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in Notre Dame, Indiana. This recognition marked the first time in the competition's 35-year history that a flute chamber music ensemble reached this elite position.
Part of Areon's mission is to make flute chamber music an equal voice in the chamber music world by leaving a new, diversified chamber music legacy. To ensure this goal, Areon has established an International Chamber Music Composition Competition, an intensive Summer Flute Institute, and a year-round Chamber Music Institute, based in the San Jose metropolitan area. As a non-profit organization, Areon is dedicated to sharing its passion for chamber music through various educational programs including concerts, camps, and free community and school performances.
Areon recently released their third album, Thrive, featuring commissions from Elainie Liliios, Cornelius Boots, and Mike Sempert on the Innova label. Areon Flutes are proud to be Miyazawa Artists.