World Flute Society


2018 Convention Performers

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Renée Blanche, Mistress of Ceremonies

Renée Blanche, after serving on active duty in the military, began her part-time career in radio as a volunteer announcer at community radio station KXCR FM in El Paso, Texas. What started out as a hobby eventually became a passion. Encouraged to seek a paying position in commercial radio, she was hired as a weekend announcer and produced a show called “El Paso After Dark,” which combined New Age and light contemporary music for K-LITE. B-94 FM followed after K-LITE went out of business.

Since September 1994, Renee hs been the host and producer of Night Tides, a contemplative New Age music show that airs on KCUR 89.3 and every Sunday night from 8:00 p.m. to midnight CST. Local KC magazine The Pitch, in the "Best of Kansas City" edition, awarded Night Tides “The Best Sunday Night Ritual” in 2002. In 2012, Renée was awarded “Best Radio Voice” by the same magazine.

Renée is a T’ai Chi practitioner, loves to dance, walk and spend time in the mountains of Colorado.


Evening Concert Performers


Peter Phippen

Peter Phippen is a Grammy Award nominee, an International Acoustic Music Award nominee, and a Native American Music Award nominee. Phippen has researched the history and performance technique of flutes, both ancient and modern, and shares this knowledge in concerts, lessons, and workshops. His educational and entertaining program covers the folklore and history of flutes from around the world and throughout time.

Phippen performs an enchanting mix of the very old and the very new in music. As a recording artist for Canyon Records, Phippen has released four CDs of original music. He has also recorded numerous instrumental albums for Lifescapes, Promotion Music Records, and Sounds True, where Peter was featured as flutist and composer on renowned percussionist Byron Metcalf’s Inner Rhythm Meditations. This CD charted in the Top 20 of the Zone Music Reporter’s Top 100 from February to June of 2017. In addition, Phippen's solo recordings have been aired on radio and television world wide.

Performing with Peter Phippen: Tiit Raid and Ivar Lunde, Jr.


Suzanne Teng and Gilbert Levy

World flutist Suzanne Teng and Gilbert Levy (world strings and world percussion) are winners of  the Los  Angeles  Music  Awards, International  Acoustic  Music Awards (Instrumental Division), and two-time winner of the Independent Music Awards (Best New Age Artist). Their critically acclaimed albums have received nominations for the New Mexico Music Awards, Hollywood Music Awards, Just Plain Folks Awards, New Age Voice Awards, and a candidacy for a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Age album.

Teng and Levy perform internationally as a duo and with their contemporary world music ensemble Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey, a unique instrumental ensemble that blends exotic melodies with global grooves on a multitude of instruments from around the world to create an original style of global fusion that is “sensual and serene” (BILLBOARD MAGAZINE), as well as ecstatic and celebratory.


Xavier Quijas Yxayotl

Xavier Quijas Yxayotl is a world flutist, composer, and instrument maker known for his Aztec and Mayan music recreations from the ancient Americas. He is one of a few Mexican artists who construct instruments identical to those used by the pre-Hispanic peoples. Based upon ancient manuscripts, Xavier’s instruments are replicas of the instruments used by the Aztecs, Mayans, and other indigenous peoples from Mexico. The magic of Xavier’s instruments is a faithful reproduction of the autochthonous musical instruments, and the music is authentic and natural.

*Xavier Quijas Yxayotl is a multiple Native American Music Award nominee.


Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman)

Recording artist, flute maker, scholar, and musician, Michael Graham Allen has been researching and reintroducing New World flutes since the 1970s. He is a profound music pioneer, recording contemporary flute music well before the Native American flute took hold in the mainstream commercial recording industry. His recordings, Night Forest, Tear of the Moon, Landscape, and Thunder Chord, received much acclaim, marking them as pivotal recordings in the contemporary genre labeled by some as New Age and/or New Age Electronica, respectively. Michael lit a firestorm of innovative musical awareness. He introduced the Native American flute to numerous music markets all over the world, starting a revolution of interest in the instrument and in the culture from whence it originated. Michael is celebrated as an innovator, gifted musician, and a master craftsman, as he is credited with the reintroduction of the Anasazi, Mojave, and Hopi flutes, ancient rim-blown flutes of the New World.


Tiit Raid

Tiit Raid was born in Tartu, Estonia. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota, He taught basic design and painting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire from 1967 to 2002. He has exhibited widely in the Midwest, and has taken part in exhibitions in Boston, New York City, Toronto, Stockholm, and Tallinn, Estonia. Past gallery affiliations include Suzanne Kohn Gallery, St. Paul; Julia Schmidt Fine Arts, New Orleans; Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago; and Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis.

Raid is a "found object percussionist," an expert at playing the kannal (Estonian lap zither) and a master of the berimbau. Raid is a mentor to Phippen.

Raid gifted Phippen a bamboo flute in March 1987 while teaching Phippen the finer points of improvisation. Raid and Phippen have performed and recorded together for three decades.

Tiit Raid will be performing with Peter Phippen.


Ivar Lunde, Jr.

Ivar Lunde, Jr., owner and operator of Skyline Publications and Skyline Studios, has been part of the Eau Claire Music scene for almost 50 years. He is Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, former principal oboist and conductor of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and co-founder of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, which he led for 25 years. He has taught summer music camps in Idaho and Wisconsin and was Instructor of Oboe and Saxophone at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was principal oboist with the Norwegian National Opera and performed later with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington D.C. He has been soloist with many orchestras in Europe, including the Bergen Philharmonic and the Oslo Philharmonic in his native country of Norway. Internationally, he has, as a composer, received numerous awards. Many compositions have been recorded and are available locally and on the Internet. Current projects include composing music for the film industry.

Upon his retirement as Music Director of ECCO, Lunde was named Music Director Emeritus.

Ivar Lunde, Jr. will perform with Peter Phippen. He will play double reeds, piano, and Chinese guzheng.