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FLIPPOMUSIC formed in 1992 by Dave Flippo, with the plan of bringing his "globaljazz" pieces to life and sharing it with the Chicago community. What started as a mad experiment of fusing jazz with different world music grooves and styles(CDs: "Tendrils of Light" and "Ganesh") has expanded to include Flippo's original vocal works (CD: When the Heart is Strong")—many in the contemporary jazz venue. The band's latest recording project -"Tao Tune" returns a bit to the original global fusion theme—this time with the written content. Flippo's love of the ancient and very cool Tao Te Ching inspired him to make some of the text into lyrics and set them in a variety of styles.

Also jazz piano teacher at the College of Lake County, Dr

Life on Mars

Label: Oppilf Records
Released: 2016

Tao Tunes

Label: Next Step Music
Released: 2012
Track listing: 1.Tao (D.Flippo) - 3:25; 2. Fearless (D.Flippo) - 4:28; 3. Water (D.Flippo) - 4:36; 4. Useful (D.Flippo) - 5:17; 5. Distractions (D.Flippo) - 5:34; 6. Worthy (D.Flippo) - 5:16; 7. Stop (D.Flippo) - 5:10; 8. Within (D.Flippo) - 4:51; 9. Paradox (D.Flippo) - 4:35. 10.Feeling (D.Flippo) - 4:38; 11.Spirit (D.Flippo) - 3:27; 12. Sick (D.Flippo) - 5:40; 13. Hopeless (D.Flippo) - 2:44; 14. Returning (D.Flippo) - 4:43; 15. Trouble (D.Flippo) - 4:40; 16. Questions (D.Flippo) - 3:58; 17. Truth (D.Flippo) - 5:45.


Flippo Music: Tao Tunes

Read "Tao Tunes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

È il “Taoismo" ad influenzare l'immaginario musicale di Flippo spingendolo a rielaborare i testi di diciassette capitoli del “Tao Te Ching" inserendoli poi in altrettante composizioni originali. Le direzioni stilistiche in cui sono ambientati i brani vanno dalla  bossa nova al rock passando dal  tango alla samba e molte altre ancora. La formazione mostra flessibilità e ...


Twenty Years of Exploration Leads Flippomusic to “Tao Tunes”

Twenty Years of Exploration Leads Flippomusic to “Tao Tunes”

Composer, pianist Dave Flippo created his modern jazz ensemble 20 years ago after 11 years of university study. As pianist and principal composer for his eclectic ensemble, Flippo's background includes a Doctorate and Masters degree in composition from the University of Michigan and Eastman School of Music with additional studies in ethnic music and jazz. The ...


Chicago's Flippomusic Releases the First Jazz Setting of the Tao Te Ching: "Tao Tunes" (Oppilf Records)

Chicago's Flippomusic Releases the First Jazz Setting of the Tao Te Ching: "Tao Tunes" (Oppilf Records)

Dave Flippo's modern jazz quintet Flippomusic has been blending various ethnic music with jazz since 1992. Their most recent project creates an ethnic collaboration through the ancient Chinese texts, the “Tao Te Ching" to create Tao Tunes. Flippo has adapted several translations into lyrics and set them in a wide range of styles. The CD, on ...


Chicago Reader Critic's Choice: Flippomusic

Chicago Reader Critic's Choice: Flippomusic

by Ted Shen David Flippo—whose ethno-jazz quintet, Flippomusic, is included in this week's Chicago Symphony Orchestra's “East Meets West" festival—is a prime example of a fusion artist for the 90's. Classically trained (he got a doctorate in composition from the University of Michigan), the former keyboard child prodigy switched to jazz in the mid-80's, bust hasn't ...


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