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by Denney Goodhew
"Beth Fleenor transcends labels - a multi-talented, creative force in Seattle."
- City Arts Magazine
"...a supremely versatile and virtuosic maverick"
- The Stranger
"Fleenor performs with emotional immediacy and good humor. Her tone is vibrant and full bodied, and her ideas fertile."
- All About Jazz, Seattle
"An adventurous clarinetist"
- The Stranger
Composer, clarinetist, and raucous vocal percussionist Beth Fleenor harbors a strong love for variety and all sonic manipulation, moving freely through genres such as jazz, rock, classical, contemporary chamber, Slavic & American folk, metal, musique concrete, ambient, noise & pop. Her work has been heard internationally from 100,000 seat festivals, maximum-security prisons, rural bars, art galleries, bunkers, sidewalks, sacred spaces, and some of the most prestigious concert halls, museums, clubs and theaters in the country - in live music, recording, theater, dance, installation, and film. Believing that "art is the discipline of being," Fleenor uses sound to open the channels of communication between and within individuals and environments. She has been based in Seattle since 1998.
Fleenor is honored to have worked with artists such as Wayne Horvitz, Denney Goodhew, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, King Crimson's Trey Gunn, Mike Dillon, Matana Roberts, Jherek Bischoff, Joshual Kohl, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Jim Knapp, Paris Hurley, Bill Patton, Yemin Kim, Paul Moore, Timothy Young, Samantha Boshnack, William O. Smith, Eyvind Kang, Malcom Goldstein, Marco Benevento, Gretta Harley, Amy Denio, Kultur Shock, Bright Archer (Johanna Kunin), Parenthetical Girls, Robin Lynn Smith, Gino Yevdjevich, Shane Perlowin, Jessika Kenney, Implied Violence, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Wordless Music Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Paul Budraitis, Jessica Lurie, Jeff Huston, Tom Swafford, John Burrow, Matthew Richmond, Izaak Mills, Stephen Parris, Mark Ostrowski, Michael Owcharuk, Stephen Fandrich, and Zachary Watkins, among many others.
Currently she can be found performing with Crystal Beth, Workshop Ensemble (WE), Double Yoko, Sam Boshnack Quintet, FLOW (duo with Michael Owcharuk), Tango Ahora!, Wayne Horvitz's Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, and projects of the Monktail Creative Music Concern.
Fleenor holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been supported by Jack Straw, 4Culture, Allied Arts, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
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