Peter H. Bloom
Peter H. Bloom, flute, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs diverse chamber music from period-instrument performances to new music premieres. He is also a noted jazz artist. He concertizes widely in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; appears on 35 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, Leo Records, and other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. He has given lectures, workshops and master classes across the globe on such wide-ranging topics as historical performance, new music, jazz and improvisation. Mr. Bloom has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, The American Antiquarian Society and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, where he has given numerous lecture-demonstrations and recorded for the audio guide to historical woodwinds. A board member of The James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition, he holds an MM with distinction in flute performance from New England Conservatory of Music and a BA (philosophy) from Boston University.
Among his many recitals and chamber music concerts, Mr. Bloom has performed for The National Gallery in London, The New Zealand School of Music in Wellington, University of Canberra College of Music (Australia), the Sydney and Southern Highlands Music Society (Australia), the Goethe Institute in Bangkok, Payap University in Chiang Mai (Thailand), The Yale Center for British Art, The Metropolitan Museum, Atlanta's Spivey Hall, The American Musical Instrument Society, The National Flute Association, The Shakespeare Association of America, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, The New York Flute Club, Early Music Boulder Colorado, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Residency at Davidson College, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.
As a jazz flutist and saxophonist, Mr. Bloom is a 30-year veteran with the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (“a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” - JazzTimes), performing at venues including Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival, Lake George Jazz Weekend, The National Gallery (Washington, DC), Berklee Performance Center, Scullers Jazz Club, Regattabar, Institute of Contemporary Art, St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan, Autumn Uprising Festival of New and Improvised Music, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival-New Jazz Series and elsewhere. He has performed with such noted Aardvark guest artists as Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Jay Clayton, and Walter Thompson, and has appeared with Jazz Expansions Orchestra, Composers in Red Sneakers, Underground Composers, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, and FiLmprov (improvised music to the animated films of Kate Matson).
An extensive discography includes recordings for SONY Classical, Dorian, Leo Records, Newport Classic, 9Winds, North Star, Soundjewel and other labels. Mr. Bloom appears with pianist Mary Jane Rupert (the duo “2”) on Navona Records’ new release, Kleemation and Other Works by Elizabeth Vercoe (“one of the most inventive composers working in America today.”). He was executive producer and soloist in D.C. Hall's New Concert and Quadrille Band's recording Grand Concert!, praised by Gramophone: "Clean playing and careful ensemble are the keynote...Hall's Band meets the challenge with precision and spirit." (Dorian, recently re-released on Americas Musicworks). Other recordings include Hall's Band’s Union and Liberty (music of the American Civil War, Dorian), Measure for Measure: Music of Shakespeare's Plays (Ensemble Chaconne with Pamela Dellal, Americas Musicworks), and Take Me Out to the Ballgame (music of baseball 1858-1913, with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato, SONY Classical).Mr. Bloom can be heard on 11 CDs by The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, including the band's acclaimed disc, American Agonistes on Leo Records ("a stunning hour of music that is in turn beautiful, poignant and raucous" -- Billboard.com). With members of Aardvark, he recorded improvised music for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”
Mr. Bloom's composition Ablaze She Came In The Dream for flute, viola, and guitar was published by NSM in February, 2014; an adaptation for flute, cello, and guitar was created in May, 2016. From the Drawer for tenor or soprano, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and horn was published in November, 2015; a new edition for tenor or soprano and saxophone quartet was published in May, 2016.
In addition, NSM currently offers several arrangements and transcriptions by Mr. Bloom: The Wreck of the Hesperus (Hatton/Longfellow) for tenor, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass; Chaconne (Bach) for solo flute or alto flute; Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Schubert) obbligato for alto flute; Romanza Andaluza (Sarasate) for flute, Fantaisie (Saint-Saëns) for flute, Quartet No.1 (Arriaga) for flute, and Sonata, Op.22 (Bauer) for alto flute.
The following CDs featuring Peter H. Bloom are available from NSM: Measure for Measure: the Music of Shakespeare's Plays; Amoroso: The Heartbeat of Brazil; Grand Concert! Dramatic Concert & Ballroom Music Heard in 19th Century America; and Tea-Time Classics.