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Classical flutist puts some swing into his playing

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Immanuel Davis
Immanuel Davis
Kyra Garrigue

Flutist Immanuel Davis will be in Minnesota on a more permanent basis. He has just received tenure in his position as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota. 

One of the reasons Mr. Davis is having such success in his career is his beautiful playing in creatively programmed solo recitals. 

He's always on the lookout for new and unusual music and for his upcoming recital this Sunday, he'll play a piece he commissioned by an elusive jazz pianist and composer Nikolai Kapustin. 

It's not exactly a cross-over piece, and it puts no expectation on the performer to improvise, but none-the-less, the new flute sonata has a clear drive and rhythm, which in this Russian's hands sounds like American-styled jazz. 

Immanuel Davis stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to talk with host and former flutist Alison Young and to share discuss his disc 'Prevailing Winds.'