THOMAS FLIPPIN is a versatile guitarist who skillfully blends genres, styles, and instruments to create new sounds and "impressive" art (Downbeat Magazine). Whether he is premiering Juilliard professor Ray Lustig's minimalist masterpiece “Figments” for two classical guitars with his ensemble Duo Noire, or performing avant-garde art songs on the theorbo with Broadway star Alicia Hall Moran’s Black Wall Street, or plucking the banjo at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater for the critically-acclaimed production of “The Black Clown,” Flippin’s playing has been hailed as "lovely" (NY Times), and "spectacularly precise" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
Based in N.Y.C., recent concert highlights include Brooklyn's National Sawdust, Beijing’s Peking University, the Art Institute of Chicago, C-SPAN's Book TV, Charleston's Colour of Music Festival, Wall Street's Federal Hall, and a solo performance honoring the president of Juilliard. With his guitar ensemble Duo Noire, Flippin has been an Artist-in-Residence at both the Avaloch Farm Music Institute and the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society. He has performed in concerts featuring MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, Renee Fleming, and members of Eighth Blackbird and the Emerson String Quartet.
Flippin's new album on New Focus Recordings, Night Triptych, is the culmination of Duo Noire's "Women of Guitar Commissioning Project." Launched in 2015 with a grant from the Diller-Quaile School of Music, Duo Noire commissioned several highly accomplished Millennial composers to remedy the lack of female representation in classical guitar repertoire. The album has been universally-praised as a "truly pathbreaking recording" (AllMusic) of new works by: GRAMMY-nominee Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, ECM Artist Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith. STEREOPHILE hailed it as "astounding" for its "sheer musicality" and "goldmine of ideas and feelings here, whose riches will unveil themselves more and more over time."
Flippin graduated with honors from the University of Chicago. He later attended the Yale School of Music (M.M., A.D.), where he was the first African-American guitar major in the school's history. He is currently on faculty at Concordia College Conservatory and the Diller Quaile School of Music. His primary teachers were Benjamin Verdery, Denis Azabagic, and Dr. Julie Goldberg. Flippin plays a Glenn Canin double top guitar, and a 2005 Jason Petty theorbo. When he's not practicing, he enjoys mountaineering and speed chess.
Both acclaimed soloists who have performed around the world, Duo Noire fuses the classical guitar talents of Thomas Flippin & Christopher Mallett to make new arrangements of uncommon repertoire and commission some of the leading composers of their generation. Their 2018 album "Night Triptych" was released to great acclaim on New Focus Recordings and featured premiere recordings of works by women: GRAMMY-nominee Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, E.C.M Artist Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith. It's the culmination of their "Women of Guitar Commissioning Project" to make guitar repertoire more gender inclusive.
For more information visit: www.duonoire.com
BLACK WALL STREET:
The spiritual successor to Alicia Hall Moran's critically acclaimed Motown Project, of which Flippin was an original member, Black Wall Street is the musical exploration of race, class, and their connections from the 1921 race riots in Tulsa Oklahoma's Black Wall St. district to the modern day. Black Wall St. fuses jazz, blues and classical music in remarkable ways and with an array of first-rate musicians: Jason Moran (piano), Brandon Ross (electric gtr), Gene Peters (Historian), and more.
For more information visit: www.aliciahallmoran.com
Bridge Arts Ensemble:
One of the top musical outreach programs in the United States, Flippin has worked with the Bridge Arts Ensemble (B.A.E.) since 2015. BAE has a roster of world-class NYC instrumentalists and musical theater performers who form into teams and visit schools in upstate NY; providing concerts, masterclasses, and lectures to thousands of students each year.
For more information visit:BridgeArtsEnsemble.org