LAUREL ZUCKER is awarded THE 2006 BEST CLASSICAL INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ALBUM AWARD from THE JUST PLAIN FOLKS AWARDS 2006!!
Caliente! the Zucker & Caliendo Duo for flute and guitar makes a world musicimpact with this exciting new hot, summer 2004 release. Christopher Caliendo\'s music is incredibly exciting and this virtuostic flute and guitar music will have you up and dancing in no time!!
\"Caliente!-Laurel Zucker & Christopher Caliendo-World Music for Flute and Guitar is everything it advertises to be. Laurel Zucker is an amazing flutist that has made a beautiful transition to an entirely unknown realm. Known as classical musician (26 CDs on Cantilena Records), she has successfully added another feather to her cap with this successful outing of world-jazz-classical-instrumental recordings. Christopher Caliendo is one fantastic guitar player as well; he is simply masterful and as fluid as humanly possible on this recording. You can tell Caliendo has worked hard at his craft and taken the example of greats like Segovia, Reinhardt and Pass and put it to work through his style and approach. The man is also a great composer; he is the proud author of over 500 classical world music compositions! A marvelous accomplishment by anyone\'s standards surely. \" www.zongoo.com June 2004
\"The CD sleeve offers biographical information on each artist and a rundown of each track explaining the rich history behind each composition. It all provides for the complete entertainment experience-listening, relaxation and literary, indeed three factors that can be most gratifying when you are trying to wind down and forget the stresses of everyday life.\" Evolvingartist.com June 2004
\"I listened to this CD several times and I would highly recommend the same process if you decide to add this to your collection. The use of the flute is most fascinating when combined with the classical and flamenco guitar. These are colorful and rich musical tapestries woven by two of the best musicians in the world. The cover artwork is interesting as well; the mountains behind the flamenco dancer are on fire, validating the title Caliente! Which means to warm up and the animated woman looks as though she is dancing on the stars and stripes. Whatever your interpretation is, I am sure it will fit the musical landscape found inside the CD case. Viva! Zucker and Caliendo, you should hold your heads high for this marvelous musical accomplishment.\" dmusic.com June 2004
FOUR STAR REVIEW!
By Jim Carnes -- Sacramento Bee Arts Critic 2004
\"Sacramento flutist Laurel Zucker has raised the temperature with \"Caliente!\" The colorful CD reflects Zucker\'s apparent yen to break away from traditional music for her instrument by branching into something fresh and jazzy. Performed with Los Angeles guitarist Christopher Caliendo, also the composer of the CD\'s 13 pieces, \"Caliente!\" is passionately played and replete with complex rhythm patterns, elegant melodies and evocative couplings of the guitar and flute.
As Zucker, a member of the music faculty at California State University, Sacramento, has previously expressed, \"guitar and flute are a natural combination because there are no balance issues.\" Indeed, no such problems arise in these varied and moody selections that show off Zucker and Caliendo\'s obviously well-developed technique and flexibility. The CD\'s title track sparkles. \"Lamento\" is tearful. \"Amor perdido\" wrenches the heart. And \"Coraggio\" tangoes its listener to another clime.\"
Gramophone issue December 2007 states \"Zucker shapes everything with lovely gradations of timbre and nuance, and her phrasing keeps the ear mesmerised.\" Laurel Zucker is described by Gramophone Magazine 2003 \"as polished and gratifying as Rampal and Galway. Zucker\'s interpretations are splendid all round. Her tone is airy and sweet, her virtuosity graceful.\"
In 2004 Gramophone \"strongly recommended\" The Complete Telemann Fantasies for Flute and The Complete J.S. Bach Flute Sonatas on Cantilena Records describing her performances as \"intelligent, naturally phrased
and highly musical with a rich sound beyond reproach.\" In the August 2003 book, Inspirational Stories from the World\'s Best Flute Players, Laurel Zucker is featured along with James Galway, Herbie Mann, Ian Andersen, and Julius Baker. Fanfare Magazine refers to Ms. Zucker \"as a forceful advocate for 20th century music,\" and when she was awarded the Aaron Copland Fund for Music from the American Music Center to record the 1998 Take a Walk on the Wilder Side-CD, Fanfare Magazine stated \"this disc fills an important niche in American Music as well as flute literature.\"
With 45 CD releases available on Cantilena Records, Ms. Zucker can be heard regularly on worldwide classical radio stations. She has performed many times in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Mondavi Center, etc. As a concerto soloist she has been featured with the American Symphony Orch., Erkel Chamber Orch. of Budapest, The Orch. of NY The Gold Country Orch., Merced Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, The Arlington Symph. Orch., and toured with the Sumara Orch. of Russia. As an active chamber artist she has performed with the Marlboro Festival and Tour, Harvard Chamber Players, Music Fest of Arizona, Music in the Mountains, UC Davis Chamber Players,Wet Ink Festival and Chamber Music Alive! As a jazz flutist Jazz Now 2005 describes her performance as \"Laurel\'s flute cutting the still air with a deep-felt emotion to the very last note.\" Claude Bolling in March 2004 on Zucker\'s Bolling Jazz Suites CD writes \"Dear Laurel Zucker, Your recording is beautiful, musician partners are excellent and your flute playing superb!!!\" Of the Flute Music by French Composers CD, Sir James Galway recommends on his website \"This is a really good record and should be in the library of all serious students. The repertoire is very good and it is beautifully played by Miss Zucker. I have a copy and think it is outstanding...\"
As an active performer and supporter of the flute community, Ms. Zucker has been a guest performer/teacher at the New York Flute Club, The Portland Flute Society, The Houston Flute Society, LA Flute Club, Dallas Flute Festival, North Carolina School of the Arts and the National Flute Association Convention. In 2000 The Year of the Rome Aureole Jubilee (hosted by the City of Rome and the Pope) three of Ms. Zucker\'s Cantilena Records CDs (Serenades; Music of Guiliani for Flute and Guitar; Mozart Flute Quartets CDs) were played non-stop for six months throughout the largest Convention Center of Rome, Italy and were also featured in a documentary created at UCLA on the Santa Maria Maggiora Chapel of Rome.
November 2007, Laurel Zucker and Mark Delpriora were presented with
THE GOLD ARTIST AWARD from RadioIndy
for their 2007 CD, Masterpieces for Flute and Guitar.
In 2006 Ms. Zucker received
THE BEST CLASSICAL SOLO INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2006 from The Just Plain Folks Awards.
As Professor of Flute at California State Univ., Sacramento since 1988,
Ms. Zucker received the 1998 President\'s Award for Creative and Scholarly Research, 1998 and 2000 Creative Research Awards, a
nd 1989 Professional Promise Award.
In 1978 she won Artists International Competition and gave her Carnegie Recital Hall Debut. Her first performances in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center
were at the age of 16 performing 1st flute in the Alexander Schneider\'s Orchestra.
Ms. Zucker graduated from Juilliard where she studied with
Samuel Baron for 3 years; with Paula Robison for two years at New England Conservatory of Music; and privately with Marcel Moyse and Julius Baker.
Ms. Zucker holds a Masters in Music Composition from New York University.
Her compositions are published by Lyra International and
Bourne Music Company and are recorded on Cantilena Records.
In 2008 a new website www.laurelzuckermasterclass.com was launched
providing a new DVD series of flute masterclasses lead by Ms. Zucker.