Martha Councell-Vargas

Kristin Hoeberman

Tonight at 7:30 pm on the Live and Interactive! series at Western Michigan University, soloist Amy Porter will present a program of flute works, many of which have personal connections to her either as an area of specialization or as a work dedicated to her by a composer. In a conversation at WMUK with Cara Lieurance and Martha Councell-Vargas, professor of flute at WMU, she describes the two sides of her career: the world-traveled concert soloist, and the supportive "Professor Porter" for her students at the University of Michigan.

Martha Councell-Vargas has been pushing her boundaries as a solo artist. In her 2013 release Gran Danzon, she presented a collection of rarely heard music of the Americas for flute and piano, and followed it up in 2016 with Fantasíawhich explored the unaccompanied flute traditions of the American continents. This Friday, Councell-Vargas's live performance will incorporate movement, dance, original videography, and selections of European and American flute repertoire.

Ksenia Poulber

Martha Councell-Vargas, an assistant professor of flute at Western Michigan University, recently released a full-length album of new and overlooked flute music by composers of the northern and southern American hemispheres. 

On WMUK's Let's Hear It, Ms. Councell-Vargas speaks with Cara Lieurance about her passion for flute music of the Americas, the stylistic influences she's incorporated into her playing, and the strong friendships that have arisen throughout her musical journey.