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Flutes both modern and wooden, alto and bass, piccolo, recorders, pennywhistles and even the occasional ocarina and fife are all instruments Diane Davich Craig has performed upon for recordings. Her main flutes include a 14K Powell, a rare silver, steel and platinum Wessel flute, a platinum and silver Brannen flute, 1800’s Grenadilla Rudall Carte and an original 1800’s Rudall Rose boxwood and ivory flute. She also has an array of whistles, piccolos, recorders and other fun instruments.
Diane’s recordings range from orchestral backgrounds with the Nashville String Machine, to Imax films, a Grammy nominated children’s album, PBS sountrack, commercials and as solo flute in a chamber setting for John Mock, David Clydesdale, David Huntsinger, Pete Huttlinger, David Davidson, John Darnall and Jim Woods for various CD’s.
Among the “celebs” Diane has performed for is Principal Flutist for Pavarotti in his televised performance “Live at the Sun Dome”, flute and piccolo Three Dog Night televised concert, principal flute for Mannheim Steamroller , Rod Stewart, Gary Morris, Moody Blues and Dennis DeYoung Nashville concerts. Diane has also performed flute and piccolo on tours with Amy Grant and Disney Orchestra. TPAC’s first call flute/piccolo/recorders/whistles for the Broadway Series shows is Diane. Also, Diane has performed with the Nashville Symphony, the Nashville Opera, the Nashville Ballet (both flute and pennywhistles), the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Orchestra Kentucky, Orchestra Nashville and Tennessee Rep Theatre.
Diane is the founder, flutist and contractor of the Nashville Chamber Players. They have performed weddings for the Johnny Cash family, James Garner, Steven Curtis Chapman, X-Men’s James Marsden and many others, performances for parties for Al Gore, Fred Thompson, Princess Anne, Reba McIntire, Martha Ingram and all the recent governors of TN. Diane as solo flute with her chamber music group the Nashville Chamber Players have backed up Gary Morris, Rascal Flatts, Michael W. Smith, Kathy Mattea, Maura O’Connell, Lee Greenwood, Kris Kristofferson, and several others at events.
Diane has studied flute and piccolo with Sheridon Stokes – LA film and television recording artist, Martha Aarons – Cleveland Orchestra, Carl Hall – Atlanta Symphony, Michelle Caimotto – San Francisco recording and orchestral flutist, and Mary Karen Clardy – University of North Texas. She also studied in summer programs with William Bennett – London Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Walfrid Kujala – Chicago Symphony.
To hire Diane for performance or to contract the Nashville Chamber Players
NCPdiane@aol.com | 615-331-1113.
“I would love to talk with you about your project and develop a sound to fully express the written line.” Diane Davich Craig
Jim Hoke is singular among harmonica players. Not only is he a master of the nuances, expression and styles of this unique, evocative and somewhat idiomatic instrument; he brings it into the realm of orchestral instruments and applications.
A thoroughly schooled and experienced composer and arranger as well as player, Jim is in constant demand for his ability to sight-read parts for the harmonica in any style, and make it sound like a primal expression. Jim has the musical savvy to get around the melodic and chordal limitations of this humble instrument and never fails to give producers and music directors exactly what they want, even in situations where the logical response would be, “That can’t be done on harmonica”.
A glance at Jim’s discography page, at jimhokemusic.com, attests to the wide appeal of his playing. Whether it’s a swank jazz chromatic harmonica solo, or a swampy blues moan, you can hear both the precise musical choices and the heart and soul. Jim spent time in the music conservatory as well as hitch-hiking across the backroads of the country, and it’s all there in his harmonica playing.
Writers and arrangers always enjoy working with Jim – he’s a “harp” player who speaks their language.
To contact Jim, email him at: email@example.com
Sam Levine owns and plays a variety of flutes, recorders and whistles that can give an ethnic sound to the most sophisticated orchestral tracks. Penny whistles are a traditional instrument of Ireland and Scotland. They are capable of the bends and turns that are characteristic of Celtic music. Recorders are a Baroque instrument that can play chromatically, come in various sizes and have a characteristic Medieval music sound. The wood flutes come in a variety of materials, but most are bamboo. They have an Asian quality but can also sound like the Syrian and Egyptian transverse flutes. The Armenian Duduk and the Chinese Dizi are also possibilities.
Sam plays the more traditional woodwind instruments also. In addition to the often used saxophones, flute and clarinet are the more rare calls for bass and alto flute and bass clarinet.
Nashville studio musicians know Sam as one of the busiest woodwind players in town. In one day he might play saxophone for a country artist, flute and piccolo for a Christian artist and clarinet in traditional jazz band. His playing has given color and expression to a wide variety of other artists’ tracks, including Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, the Neville Brothers and Michael McDonald. He is known for his reliable ensemble skills and melodic, expressive solos.
A son of a university professor, Sam attended Harvard and the University of Alaska in a effort to find his way through the turbulent late 60’s and early 70’s, finishing his formal education in music at Indiana University. He has said that the biggest part of his training, however, was in the studios and clubs of Nashville, where he has made a solid career out of being a “back-up” musician.Sam also has more than twelve artist CD’s in the smooth jazz and contemporary Christian genres. He has been nominated three times for a Dove Award and played on at least two Grammy Award winning recordings. He is currently an artist with Greenhill Music which is scheduled to release a smooth jazz Worship project entitled, “Smooth Praise” in the summer of 2009. It features a blend of acoustic and contemporary sounds in fresh and relaxing renditions of the most well-known Praise and Worship songs. Sam plays tenor, alto and soprano sax on the CD which uses a talented rhythm section based in Nashville. It is not, however, the classic Nashville sound, but a more West Coast jazz approach to the genre: melodic, fresh and comfortable. He has just finished working on a contemporary ballads project, “Sax in the City”, also scheduled to be released in 2009 on the Greenhill label.