Gina Izzo

Gina I.

Brooklyn, NY

About Gina I.

Gina teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: January 2005
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Flutist Gina I. “Rattles speakers and expectations with stop-time razzle, vocal (flute-talk) and electronic (phaser) effects" (NYC Jazz Record). The New York-based musician is a recent recipient of a 2015 New Music USA Project Grant, 3rd place in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for GIRLS by composer/producer Pascal Le Boeuf, and a 2014 Independent Music Awards nominee for 'Album of the Year'.

Gina is the cofounder, with pianist Erika Dohi, of RighteousGIRLS, a duo inviting some of today's most prominent composers and artists to create genre-blurring new music. In 2015, RighteousGIRLS released their debut album "gathering blue", collaborating with steel pannist Andy Akiho, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and drummer Justin Brown in works by Ambrose Akinmusire, Andy Akiho, Pascal Le Boeuf, Christian Carey, Vijay Iyer, Dave Molk, Mike Perdue, Jonathan Ragonese, Randy Woolf. The duo recently took part in Vicky Chow’s “Contagious Sound Series” at the Cornelia Street Café, and have performed at venues including SubCulture, the Jazz Gallery, the Yamaha Piano Salon, Bohemian Caverns, Rockwood Music Hall, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and Joe's Pub.

She has joined forces with composer/producer Pascal Le Boeuf on PINKK GOLD, crossbreeding contemporary music with production-based technology. PINKK GOLD frames the flute beyond the traditional acoustic context by relocating the instrument to an environment of analog synthesizers, washed-out reverbs, and FX pedals. In 2016 the duo will release 'OVER/time,' a three part interdisciplinary music video series featuring dancer Ayo Jackson (Bill T. Jones dance company), and dancer/choreographer Raymond Pinto (Cedar Lake Dance Company).

Over the past year, Gina has performed in collaboration with various artists stemming from the New York Downtown music scene. Some recent projects include a music video of composer Andy Akiho's "NO one To kNOW One" filmed by videographer Michael McQuilken at the "National Sawdust" in Brooklyn, released by Vic Firth. As RighteousGIRLS, Gina was recently featured at SubCulture alongside Steve Coleman & the Five Elements, Rudresh Mahanthappa and the Prism Quartet, and Wet Ink Ensemble. She was also featured as a guest artist at The Jazz Standard as part of Ambrose Akinmusire's pre-release of "The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint', at John Zorn's 'The Stone' alongside Todd Reynolds and Jeffrey Zielger, and on Q2 Music, WQXR, WNYC and in viral videos presented by CDZA.

Gina has participated in international festivals including Centre d’arts Orford in Montreal, Canada, and Les Nuits Musicales de Nice, France. An active orchestral musician, she has played under conductors like Kurt Masur, Eric Jacobsen, JoAnn Falletta, Alondra De La Parra, and George Manahan. She has performed at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, the D.C. Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and appeared at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Symphony Space, The Stone, and the Jazz Standard. Izzo has served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music Summer Music Program and as an adjunct teaching artist at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music. She has also worked as coordinator of New York’s 'Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival' at Symphony Space and programmer of Chamber Music America's 'New Music at Bryant Park' Series.

She received her B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and M.M. from New York University. During the course of her education, she studied with Linda Chesis, Judith Mendenhall, and Brad Garner, and worked with musicians including Sir James Galway, Robert Langevin, Carol Wincenc, Paula Robison, David Krakauer, and Charles Neidich.

Gina can be heard on New Focus Recordings & Panoramic Records.

*** Lesson Details ***
It has been a privilege of mine to study with really wonderful flutists and musicians who have had such an impact on me personally and musically. Because of their influence I believe I am able to understand the importance of getting to know each student and their playing individually, by incorporating all of these shared ideas to find which ones suit each student best.

In lessons I work on building a solid technique, tonal and dynamic control, ways to approach and create musical ideas, sight reading and good practice technique. I encourage students to work hard, practice smart, and to have fun doing it!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect all students to own their own instrument in good working condition, own any method book and sheet music recommended to the individual student by teacher and provide a music stand at their home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, contemporary, improv

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Experience

Flute Instructor

Aug 2009 - Aug 2012
Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp/Camp MSM

Adjunct Faculty (teaching assistantship)

Aug 2010 - Jan 2012
New York University

Private flute lessons and chamber music coach

Private Instructor

Jan 2010 - Jan 2012
Larchmont Music Academy

Education

MM

Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
New York University

BM

Aug 2005 - May 2010
Manhattan School of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Downbeat Magazine: Best Album of the Year 2015

Jan 2016
Downbeat Magazine

International Songwriting Competition: 3rd Place for Best Song

Jan 2015
ISC

2015 New Music USA Project Grantee

Jan 2015
New Music USA

Best Instrumentalist 2011

Jan 2011
Independent Music Awards
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1 Review on Gina I.

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MAUREENC Jul 23, 2012
Gina is very clued in to what my needs are and the right kind of homework to move me along week to week. She is also very patient. Two hallmarks of a great teacher.