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Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute

Jazz / Latin / Bossa Nova Toronto, ON, CA  CA
Se Eu Fico Com Você (If I Stay With You) - from Grain of Sand - samba, rock (with voice)
Se Eu Fico Com Você (If I Stay With You) - from Grain of Sand - samba, rock (with voice)
Baila Cinderella (from Mercy)
Baila Cinderella (from Mercy)
Yes Or No (from Find Your Place)
Yes Or No (from Find Your Place)
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (from Find Your Place)
Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You (from Find Your Place)
Yardbird Suite (from Mercy)
Yardbird Suite (from Mercy)


Bill McBirnie - Jazz Flute Trio - Phase 2


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  • Hands - by Greg King
  • Bill & Sir James Galway in NYC on the occasion of Sir James 70th birthday.
  • "Curtain Call" at Koerner Hall with Bill McBirnie (left) and Sir James (in red blazer) and Lady Jean


Sounds Like: John William Coltrane, Miles Davis, Hubert Laws, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles

Label: Indie

Manager: Self

Bio: Bill McBirnie is a Canadian jazz and Latin flutist of exceptional calibre who has garnered excellent critiques - as well as airplay - internationally. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charang...See Full Bio

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NEW RELEASE – Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones – Grain of Sand
Apr 19, 2015

I am pleased to announce the latest Extreme Flute release, Grain of Sand, which ... [more]

Sir James Galway!
Oct 30, 2014

Sir James Galway personally invited me to perform with him as part of the progra... [more]


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Q: Did you always know you would be a monster flautist? Was it a path that sort of just happened or did you have an unquenchable desire to become ridiculously good?! :)

A: I started playing classical flute at a young age and, in grade 10 high school, I was actually considering a career in classical performance on my teacher's suggestion (who was Robert Aitken at the time)...But then I took off in a completely different direction in university and stopped playing until my early twenties, at which time I decided I really wanted to play jazz. So I had to learn all about improvising AND, at the same time, I had to figure out how to modify my flute technique so that it would work in non-classical situations...It was like starting to learn music, all over again!...Anyway, I was pretty determined and I kept focused on getting better (relative to myself) with the limited time I had to practice and, over a very long period of time, it all started to come together...In short, it was a LONG process!... :-) And I never really aimed at anything in particular...except getting better (which I managed to do over...though at a very slow pace!...)

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