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Bill McBirnie

Bill McBirnie is a jazz and Latin flute specialist based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has studied with renowned American flutist, Samuel Baron, distinguished Canadian flutist and composer, Robert Aitken, as well as Cuban charanga legend, Richard Egues. Bill has also been solicited by no less than Sir James Galway to serve as his resident Jazz Flute Specialist at Sir James' official web site. Bill is well known for his outstanding technique. However, he is also recognized as an exceptional improviser (notably in the bebop, swing and Latin idioms) as demonstrated by his recordings as a sideman with Junior Mance, Irakere, Memo Acevedo and Emile-Claire Barlow

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Article: Album Review

Bill McBirnie: Forever

Read "Forever" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Canada's Bill McBirnie is known around the world for his flute prowess in Latin, pop, jazz and classical music settings. For example, he was personally recruited by Sir James Galway to serve as Resident Jazz Flute Specialist on Galway's official website. McBirnie published The Technique and Theory of Improvisation: A practical guide for flutists, doublers and ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Monsters from the Jazzlab

Read "Monsters from the Jazzlab" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Rodrigo Almonte Distancia Odradek Records 2021 “Every piece of music on Distancia is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself as a musical ...

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Forever

Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2021
Track listing: (1) Criole Blessing (Saravá Criola) - 4:36 - axé/samba-reggae (2) Song For Svetlana (Um Choro Para Svetlana) - 3:10 - choro/samba (3) This Passion (Está Paixão) - 4:38 - bossa/samba (4) It's The Time (Saber Se Amar) - 3:23 - hip hop/bossa (5) Forever (Eternamente) - 3:29 - bossa/tango (6) Dreams And Light (Canta Canção) - 4:46 - ballad/bossa Bonus Vocal Track: (7) Full Moon Blue Wolf (Lua Cheia Lobo Azul) - 3:29 - bossa/samba

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News: Recording

Extreme Flute Releases 'Forever' by Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones

Extreme Flute Releases 'Forever' by Bill McBirnie & Bruce Jones

Bill McBirnie and Bruce Jones have teamed up once again with a brand new Extreme Flute project, featuring Bill in his singular capacity as “flautist extraordinaire”, and Bruce in his multiple capacities as composer, performer and engineer. The result of their collaboration is a genuinely hypnotic, dreamy and incantatory album with a distinctly Brazilian favour that ...

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News: Book / Magazine

The Technique And Theory Of Improvisation By Bill McBirnie

The Technique And Theory Of Improvisation By Bill McBirnie

Renowned jazz and Latin flutist, Bill McBirnie, provides a roadmap to success in improvisation The Technique and Theory of Improvisation is a concise but comprehensive guide to (1) the technique (articulation, vibrato, and breathing), and (2) the theory (rhythm, melody and harmony) that are essential in learning to improvise. This book also addresses how to integrate ...

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Article: Album Review

Bill McBirnie: The Silent Wish

Read "The Silent Wish" reviewed by Don Phipps


On this set of choice covers and one original, Bill McBirnie uses the flute to express dancing, happiness, blues, romance and melancholy. Sliding effortlessly along the keys of his instrument, McBirnie produces a wonderfully cool tone. Take his work on Ray Bryant's “Reflection" or Kenny Dorham's “Blue Bossa." There's a peppy action to it, like a ...

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The Silent Wish

Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2018
Track listing: Reflection; Black Orpheus/Morning Of The Carnival; Saber Cair/Knowing How To Fall; Cabana Boy; My Heart Belongs To Daddy; First Song (for Ruth); Recado Bossa Nova; Dança da Solidão (Paulinho da Viola); No Moon At All; Away From Home; Blue Bossa; What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?.

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My Heart Belongs To Daddy

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Label: Extreme Flute
Released: 2018
Duration: 4:07

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News: Recording

Flautist Bill McBirnie releases The Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

Flautist Bill McBirnie releases The Silent Wish with Bernie Senensky

The Silent Wish is the latest release from Canada's premier jazz and Latin flutist, Bill McBirnie, and it features Bill's superior craftsmanship along with that of his longstanding and formidable accompanist, Bernie Senensky, in an intimate duo setting, brimming with pristine acoustic clarity, that displays their uncommon levels of musicianship and simpatico as they explore a ...


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