For me, music, theatre, technology, and collaboration are conduits for compassion and connection. I like to mash types of art and genres of music together, push the concept of impossible, learn, teach, and build community. I use performance art to make people feel seen, heard, and inspired.
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Kenzie Slottow (they/she) is a musician, composer and theatremaker. They write and perform music on flute, guitar and vocals, as well as producing and directing concerts and work that highlight connections between art forms and people. The form of collaborative chamber music improvisation that Kenzie began developing in 2018 - chamber improv - has transitioned well to the virtual medium, and their chamber improv group Sound Worlds has been producing live-scored virtual theatre with actors and instrumentalists since June 2020.
Kenzie is a keen technology-tinkerer with a love of theatrical improvisation. They love improv because it makes us listen deeply to ourselves and others, trust and support each other, and lean on each other’s strengths to bring something brand new into the world every time. Combining these two passions, Kenzie began running tech for several virtual improv theatre productions during the pandemic, and in fall of 2020, they technical directed and coordinated the soundtrack production for Human Resources The Musical. They now offer virtual theatre workshops for the global improv theatre community, and run the Zoomprov A/V Enthusiasts group with some fellow techies who want to spread the fun of technology to elevate both improv and virtual theatre!
As a proponent of electroacoustic new 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. She is heavily influenced by the music of Zoe Keating, Lindsey Stirling, Andrew Bird and flutists Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull), Ian Clarke, and Wil Offermans.
Kenzie's EP "Hold It Up To The Sun" of original music for flute and electronics is built around the concept that looking at something from a different perspective almost always reveals new insights. Currently she plays with the indie soul band FlecHaus and new music collective Density 512 in Austin, Texas, and hosts Conduction events where groups of 5-15 musicians experiment with long-form conducted improvisation. A few of her other favorite projects include NunaMaana Immersive Dance Theater's Peasant's Masquerade, electroacoustic flute collabs with Dr. Eli Fieldsteel and Kay He, and recording and premiering the bluegrass chamber opera "Spirit of the Rockies" (The Kruger Brothers).
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, and played at weekly bluegrass jams in her dorm lobby. In Austin, Texas where she earned her Master's in Flute Performance, Kenzie added beatboxing, 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, among other new musical friends. Her YouTube channel content dates from this period of looping experimentation and Austin live music immersion.
Her principal flute teachers have been Marianne Gedigian and Amy Porter. Kenzie is based Austin, Texas.