"transitions so artistically created,
thanks to the subtle magic of
Thomas Flippin's classic guitar."
Friday Night in The Kitchen.
Flippin's debut album, "Something New," was released on
October 30, 2012. Featuring works by Flippin, Casseus, Brouwer, and Mompou.
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COMPOSITIONS: SOLO GUITAR
Salt Creek, CA
Chicago, IL (Homage to Mingus)
New York, NY (New York Minute)
Scenes from America depicts my upbringing across different regions of the United States.
I spent much of my adolescence on the mountains and beaches of southern California.
My favorite beach was always Salt Creek, where I enjoyed many hours surfing and philosophizing with friends
while watching the sun glisten off the waves. My next home was the University of Chicago. During my freshman
year, my mother passed away. This movement, which pays homage to the jazz composer Charles Mingus,
represents my coming to terms with that loss. New York City is my current home, and this movement
conveys - in a “New York Minute” - the chaos and intensity of a day trip to the city.
The listener arrives and navigates the unyielding masses and landscape, until finally returning to
the sanctuary of a Grand Central train seat, headed home.
"The highlight of the evening.
Flawless execution &
Clear Note Publications
a charming piece!" -Ingram Marshall, Composer
"Any player deciding to perform it will have great fun doing it."
"A fine recital item for the player wanting to try
something new and exciting in his [or her] concert."
-Classical Guitar Magazine
Neverland is based on an anxiety dream I had in anticipation of my Master’s Recital.
I remember floating through the clouds and arriving on an unknown island in the middle of the sea.
Abruptly, I began to encounter the island’s inhabitants, and things began to shift between dream and nightmare.
I was transported through various scenes; some festive, others terrifying. When I awoke, I frantically wrote
down the rhythms and melodies I had heard. This piece attempts to document the sounds and feelings that I
experienced, as well as the ease with which light and dark can flow into each other.
"[A Soldier's Sonata] was a triumph in every way.
Here the listener was keenly aware of what a talent
and what he is capable of. Bravo!"
-Benjamin Verdery, guitarist and composer
A Soldier’s Sonata was inspired by my relationships with two Bosnian-American musicians,
and also by a general feeling that the post-9/11 world my generation was inheriting would be
consumed by endless war.
While I was studying in Chicago with the guitarist Denis Azabagic, I saw him participate
in an artistic commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Srebenica genocide.
I had been too young to follow the conflict at the time, but I found myself profoundly moved
by the art and music of that day. The next year I became good friends with Vesna Mehinovic,
a Bosnian emigrant and conductor. She told me many stories of the war, and of her family’s escape,
and these too had a profound impact on me.
This piece is the result of those experiences.
It tries to imagine the psyche of a soldier caught in such a conflict; pulled by the desire to be patriotic,
but forced to carry out atrocities for his country. He dreams of peaceful times, but these dreams fade,
and he is perpetually confronted by the world as it is.
Ten Kingdoms (2012 work in progress)
On the writings of Bartolome de las Casas
For Guitar Duo
Premiered in part with Madeleine Davidson at
the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Oct. 2012.
Adrift: Streams of Thought (2005)
For guitar and soprano. Texts by Edgar Allan Poe and William Wordsworth.
Winner of the Olga and Paul Menn Composition Prize.
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