New Zealand flutist Tessa Brinckman has been described by critics as a“flutist of chameleon-like gifts” and “virtuoso elegance” (Gramophone), an “excellent…flutist” (Willamette Week) and “highlight of Portland” (New Music Box), who “play(s) her instrument with great beauty and eloquence” (Music Matters New Zealand). As an interdisciplinary flutist she has premiered over a hundred (and commissioned more than twenty) new works, within many classical music ensembles and concert series in the United States, South Africa, France and New Zealand.
Her orchestral, chamber and solo music performances include the Oregon Symphony, Britt Festival of Music & Arts, Festival of New American Music, Ashland Independent Film, Oregon Bach, Oregon Shakespeare, Ernest Bloch, New Haven International Arts, Bumbershoot, and Astoria Music Festivals. Performing on flute, piccolo, alto, bass, contrabass and baroque flutes, and miscellaneous keyboards, Ms. Brinckman also co-directs the ever-polymathic duo, Caballito Negro with percussionist Terry Longshore, and is a member of Collectif Impulsion in France. She has recorded, composed and performed in major regional theaters across the United States and internationally, as well as for radio, TV and film. Her co-composition for Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman’s White Snake was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award in 2014.
Over the past 15 years Ms. Brinckman has received local and international grants to create unique programs which blend technology, tradition, and contemporary geo-political themes. Her own work as a composer is evolving to create animation and installations. Recent collaborations (outside her duo work with Caballito Negro) include installation artists Diana Lehr and Michelle A M Miller, taonga puoro master Horomona Horo, pianist Kathleen Supové, guitarist/theorbist Caroline Delume, Buchla specialist and composer Todd Barton, composer-scholar Martin Lodge, experimental composer Nissim Schaul, South African spectralist composer Andile Khumalo, cellist Madeleine Shapiro, South African musical bow specialist and composer Cara Stacey, and animator Miles Inada.
Ms. Brinckman has served on the music faculties of various Oregon universities and colleges, and now teaches workshops and masterclasses in the USA and abroad. Projects in 2021 include a collaboration+residency with flutist Jane Rigler at the University of Colorado Springs (“Re-assembled and Embodied: Flute Music by Women in Parallel Empires”); recording for an upcoming solo album (New Focus Recordings) featuring artists from New Zealand, France and the USA; collaboration with animators Miles Inada and Devyn McConachie for an upcoming animation short; Bandcamp single releases, international concert collaborations and video with her flute and percussion duo, Caballito Negro.