Thomas Flippin

“Sheer Musicality”




12/21/18 - Duo Noire’s album “Night Triptych” named Best of 2018 Contemporary Classical Music by I Care if You Listen.

11/1/18- Duo Noire feature article in newest Classical Guitar Magazine (Fall 2018), “Who’s Afraid of New Music.”

11/4/18 - @ Concordia College with percussion and violin.

11/30 - Solo @ the Diller Quaile School of Music in NYC.

Flippin joins musical cast of Harvard's American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) production, The Black Clown, based on the poem by Langston Hughes. Featured in the Boston Globe

6-22-18 - ALBUM RELEASE:
Duo Noire's NIGHT TRIPTYCH on New Focus Recordings.

Featuring premiere recordings of music by women composers: GRAMMY-nominee Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, ECM Artist Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdian, Gity Razaz & Gabriella Smith. Available digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp. Available physically on Amazon.

July 29/30 - New Mexico with Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, and Brandon Ross.
Opera Southwest and the New Mexico Jazz Festival. Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  

6/16-6/17 - Kindred Spirits Series, Milford PA.
Duo Noire performs @ the Grey Tower National Historic Site & the Hawley Silk Mill. 

5/22-5/24 - Black Wall Street, Oklahoma City and Tulsa OK
Alicia Hall Moran, Jason Moran, Brandon Ross, Thomas Flippin, and Gene Peters perform music relating to the 1921 race riots in Tulsa OK.

Performance Archive







Release Date: June 22nd, 2018
Label: New Focus Recordings


Produced with GRAMMY-winner guitarist William Coulter, the album features premiere recordings of newly commissioned works by six highly accomplished and diverse women composers from around the world: GRAMMY-nominee Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, ECM Artist Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith. Available on iTunesBandcampAmazonSpotify and elsewhere. Learn More.

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"Truly pathbreaking...greatly satisfying." - All Music

Thomas Flippin is a champion of new music and equality in classical music. In 2018, his guitar ensemble, Duo Noire, released their internationally-acclaimed album, Night Triptych, featuring "truly pathbreaking" and "greatly satisfying" premiere recordings of works by women composers they commissioned in 2015: GRAMMY-nominee Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, E.C.M Artist Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith. Flippin is also a frequent collaborator with Porgy and Bess national tour star Alicia Hall Moran and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran. He is the first African-American guitarist to graduate from the Yale School of Music and is also an experienced mountaineer and speed chess player.

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