World Flute Society


2020 Convention Evening Performers

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Renée Blanche, Mistress of Ceremonies

Renée Blanche is the host/curator of Night Tides, a contemplative New Age music program that airs Sunday night from 8:00 p.m.  to midnight (CST) on Public Radio KCUR 89.3 and in Kansas City, Missouri.  Local magazine The Pitch in the “Best of Kansas City” edition awarded Night Tides “The Best Sunday Night Ritual” in 2002. In 2012, Renée was awarded “Best Radio Voice” by the same magazine. When not on the air, Renée practices and teaches T’ai Chi, laughs, and dances as much as possible. She loves serving as the World Flute Society’s Mistress of Ceremonies.


Evening Concert Performers


Ralsgård & Tullberg

Swedish flute players, Andreas Ralsgård and Markus Tullberg will perform a program consisting of traditional music from their home country. Ralsgård & Tullberg are using wooden simple-system flutes. They have explored the repertoire of the traditional flute players from the 19th century, as well as tunes associated with fiddle playing. They are playing melodies, intertwined with harmonies and underpinned by a rhythmic groove that leaves no doubt that this is dance music!



2nd Breakfast offers Celtic music with a funky vibe, which includes tunes with strong ties to Ireland, Scotland, and other folk traditions mixed with eclectic grooves and unexpected twists and turns. Comprised of Andra Bohnet and Rachel Nozny (flutes/whistles), Ben Harper (guitar/flute), and Andy Kruspe (percussion/melodica/technical wizardry), this award-wanting ensemble guarantees your toes will be tapping and your hearts will be melted. Slainte!

Andy Kruspe
, bodhrán  BIO

Rachel Nozny, Irish flute, silver flute  BIO

Dr. Andra Bohnet, Irish flute and whistle  BIO

Ben Harper, guitar  BIO


The PRS Trio

Peter Phippen and Victoria Shoemaker, accompanied by Brian Reidinger, bring to light calm, gentle innovative and passionate musical atmospheres.

Peter Phippen, bamboo/wooden flutes

Brian Reidinger, percussion/synthesizer

Victoria Shoemaker, bamboo/wooden flutes


Michael Graham Allen (Coyote Oldman)

Recording artist, flute maker, scholar, and musician, Michael Graham Allen has been researching and reintroducing New World flutes since the 1970s. He is a profound music pioneer, recording contemporary flute music well before the Native American flute took hold in the mainstream commercial recording industry. His recordings, Night Forest, Tear of the Moon, Landscape, and Thunder Chord, received much acclaim, marking them as pivotal recordings in the contemporary genre labeled by some as New Age and/or New Age Electronica, respectively. Michael lit a firestorm of innovative musical awareness. He introduced the Native American flute to numerous music markets all over the world, starting a revolution of interest in the instrument and in the culture from whence it originated. Michael is celebrated as an innovator, gifted musician, and a master craftsman, as he is credited with the reintroduction of the Anasazi, Mojave, and Hopi flutes, ancient rim-blown flutes of the New World.