THOMAS FLIPPIN is an original and versatile voice in the world of contemporary music. Whether premiering new works with his pioneering classical guitar ensemble, Duo Noire; performing avant-garde art songs on the theorbo as part of Alicia Hall Moran’s Black Wall Street; or plucking the banjo in the American Repertory Theater’s critically-acclaimed premiere of The Black Clown, Flippin’s playing has been hailed as "lovely" (New York Times), and "spectacularly precise" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).
Recent concert highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, National Sawdust, The Metropolitan Museum, Beijing’s Peking University, the Art Institute of Chicago, and Charleston's Colour of Music Festival. Flippin has performed in concerts featuring MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran, Renee Fleming, Imani Winds, and members of Eighth Blackbird and the Emerson String Quartet, as well as a solo gala performance honoring the president of Juilliard.
Flippin's 2018 album on New Focus Recordings, Night Triptych, is the culmination of the 2015 project he launched with the Diller Quaile School of Music to address the lack of female representation in classical music. Featuring new works exclusively by leading women composers, Night Triptych received universal praise from critics for being a "truly pathbreaking recording" (AllMusic), that is "astounding" for its "sheer musicality" and "goldmine of ideas and feelings” (Stereophile).
Flippin graduated with honors from the University of Chicago before attending the Yale School of Music (M.M., A.D.). 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. He plays Glenn Canin and Martin Blackwell guitars, and a Jason Petty theorbo. When he's not practicing, he enjoys mountaineering.
DUO NOIRE, Commissioning Projects:
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 (e.g. Florence Price) and commission some of the leading underrepresented 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 2015 "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
The Black Clown (American Repertory Theater):
A groundbreaking musical theater production featuring Davone Tines and music by Michael Schacter, The Black Clown is a reflection on the titular poem by Langston Hughes. It was premiered in a 1-month production at Harvard University in 2018 and then was featured at Lincoln Center for the Mostly Mozart Festival in 2019. Flippin was the original guitarist/banjoist in the critically-acclaimed chamber ensemble of eleven.
For more information visit: https://americanrepertorytheater.org/shows-events/the-black-clown/
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