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Flute Making and Playing: Touching Ancient Sounds

The workshop will begin with a demonstration of a few of the hundreds of flutes created by Rawcliffe, from simple ocarinas, to Howlers, to water flutes & other multi-chamber and combination tone flutes. Most of these flutes play sounds so ancient they are brand new.

Participants will learn how to hand construct a classic prehispanic design: Aztec Howlers, or chamber-duct whistles; similar designs are found throughout the Meso-American prehispanic world. There are at least 4 different versions of chamber-ducts, depending on the cultural origin and number of interconnected volumes. We will examine a few of them.

At Fireborn Studios, Pittsburgh, PA