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Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute / Blog

IMA Vox Pop Winner - FIND YOUR PLACE

THE 14th ANNUAL INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS - VOX POP WINNERS ANNOUNCED - The Bill McBirnie Trio Joins A Host of Great Indie Artists As A Fan Favorite In The 14th Annual IMAs

The Independent Music Awards recently announced the results of the IMA Vox Pop 14th annual poll which is the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international program for independent artists and releases. “FIND YOUR PLACE” (featuring Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 organ and Anthony Michelli on drums) won in the Jazz Instrumental category. (FIND YOUR PLACE is at CDBaby and iTunes.)

NOTE: The Independent Music Awards connects top-ranked self-released and indie label artists and releases to new performance, promotion and distribution opportunities. The IMAs (produced by Music Resource Group LLC) receives entries from nearly 100 countries on six continents, and its active support places winners and nominees in front of millions of industry decision makers and music consumers, around the world.

NEW RELEASE – Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones – Grain of Sand

I am pleased to announce the latest Extreme Flute release, Grain of Sand, which features me on flute, alto flute and piccolo along with the multi-talented singer-songwriter, Bruce Jones.

Grain of Sand consists of original material in a variety of Brazilian formats—but with lots of improvised flute work—and is now available at CDBaby and iTunes! Just click on either of the following links:

CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/billmcbirniebrucejones

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/grain-of-sand/id963888825

As bit of a teaser, you can listen to (...and download!...) the opening track here:

https://soundcloud.com/extremeflute/01-grain-of-sand-grao-de-areia

Also, here are a couple of early responses to Grain of Sand:

“…McBirnie’s brilliant flute technique and sensitive style happily unite with Jones’ diverse skills and genuine gift for songwriting as they demonstrate their shared love for Brazilian music. You will sense the empathy between them immediately, right from the opening track of the album, “Grain of Sand”, where bossa nova is fused with the plaintive melody of traditional Portuguese fado. Flickering like a candle being caressed by the wind, the sound of Bill's flute enchants the listener right from the opening few bars. And immediately following this tender opening track comes a whirlwind of samba rhythms coupled with hip-hop vocals and yet more flawless flute improvisation on “If I Stay With You”. Just the two opening tracks portray the scope of moods in the music awaiting you on the rest of the album…” (LEONID AUSKERN, JazzQuad.ru)

“…A fine album! I look forward to playing the tracks on Stolen Moments!...” (DAVID BASSKIN, Jazz.FM91, Canada's premier jazz station)

As always, thanks for listening—and perhaps even “investing” in—Grain of Sand! :-)

Sincerely,

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute

Sir James Galway!

Sir James Galway personally invited me to perform with him as part of the program at the opening season Gala Concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto on October 25, 2014! (There is also a pic of the "curtain call" here!)

Find Your Place

Check out the new organ trio project with Bernie Senensky on Hammond B3 and Anthony Michelli on drums!

Thanks for listening!

You can find out more at www.extremeflute.com