Flautist flaunts passion for Paris
JANE Rutter believes that it is everyone’s birthright to be creative. The celebrated Sydney-based flautist has always felt a desire to bring her music to an audience and says the flute, like a voice, is a different way of being expressive.
Rutter recently released theatre piece An Australian in Paris on CD and DVD, which is a somewhat autobiographical take on her love for French music, from La Belle Epoque to the present day.
Learning to play flute at the age of 10, Rutter says her fondness for France developed when she went to Paris at the age of 18 to study the flute with Jean-pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, two of the instrument’s great luminaries.
‘‘They taught me to play the flute in a way that was connected to my personality,’’ she says.
‘‘They really handed me my life. They said to me, ‘you have a story to tell through your music, and you are the only one who can tell it’.’’
Rutter says there is a tradition in Paris of being lyrical when you play music.
‘‘There is this whole approach of a narrative in music, it follows a storyline,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s a cross-fertilisation between art, popular music, and it’s had an incredible effect on popular culture.’’
Rutter says she is ‘‘in the zone’’ every time she plays the flute.
‘‘You have a right to feel that on a daily basis, connected and drawing in energy and breath and atmosphere,’’ she says.
As she prepares to bring her An Australian in Paris show to Australia for a 25-date national tour, Rutter says the show has French charm.
A concert-theatre production, Rutter reminisces about Paris, using French poetry and her own anecdotes to tell the tales of artists, writers and musicians who have used Paris to form their ‘‘artistic personalities’’.
‘‘It’s a warm show that makes people feel really good, and it opens up emotions for people,’’ Rutter says.
plays The Arts Centre Gold Coast on May 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 to $40. Rutter also plays the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival’s opening gala concert and dinner with The Queensland Arts Orchestra on May 17.
Flautist Jane Rutter brings her concert theatre show,
to The Arts Centre Gold Coast in May