KENZIE SLOTTOW

Kenzie is a

flautist/composer

storyteller/writer/reader
seeker/voracious learner
explorer/environmentalist/humanist


Kenzie uses music and collaboration as a conduit for promoting empathy, compassion, and understanding. She consequently lives between genres most of the time, and makes sounds that you probably haven't heard before on the flute, challenging preconceptions of what the instrument can do while not-so-secretly asking, "What else in life might be more than it seems?" 

While studying Classical Flute Performance at the University of Michigan in her hometown of Ann Arbor, she played Irish flute in a band called Killarney Broadcast, studied Hindustani traditional music of North India for a semester, and developed a liking for bluegrass at weekly jams in her dormitory lobby. During and following her graduate degree (again in Classical Flute, this time from the University of Texas), Kenzie learned to beatbox, added loop stations and pedals to her musical toolkit, and performed with blues-rock jam band Nick's House Band, funk band Funkopotamus, and beatboxer Michael (Maestro) Matson. Her YouTube channel content dates from this period of looping experimentation and Austin live music immersion.

In 2015 Kenzie released "Hold It Up To The Sun," an EP set of original music for flute and electronics, built around the concept that looking at something from a different perspective almost always reveals new insights. 
Currently Kenzie plays with the indie soul band FlecHaus and new music collective Density 512 in Austin, Texas, and hosts Conduction dinner parties and workshops wherever the opportunity arises. A few of the collaborative projects she has found most meaningful in the past include workshopping and performing solo flute pieces by electroacoustic composers Dr. Eli Fieldsteel and Kay He, and premiering the bluegrass chamber opera Spirit of the Rockies in Banff, AB with bluegrass trio The Kruger Brothers.
 

As a proponent of contemporary electronic music, Kenzie has premiered works at conferences such as SEAMUS and LATex composition conferences, the National Flute Association Convention, Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, and UT Austin's annual Ears, Eyes, and Feet showcase. Her principal teachers have been Marianne Gedigian and Amy Porter, and she's heavily influenced by the music of Zoe Keating, Lindsey Stirling, Andrew Bird and flutists Ian Clarke, Wil Offermans, and Ian Anderson.

She is based in Austin, Texas.

© 2018 Kenzie Slottow