Jenny Cline and Carlos Cuestas formed their flute/guitar duo in 2012 and have rapidly developed an eclectic and engaging repertoire of music from three continents and seven centuries. They have performed together up and down the East Coast, in Bogotá, Colombia, and at the National Flute Association conventions in Washington, DC (2015), San Diego, CA (2016) and Orlando, FL (2018). The duo’s first CD, Facets, was released in the fall of 2016. Plans for their second CD are underway.
Jenny Cline is a flourishing orchestral flutist and chamber musician whose teachers include Mary Ann Archer, Walfrid Kujala, and Gary Schocker. She is the principal flutist of the Monmouth Symphony, and performs regularly as a flutist and piccoloist with several other orchestras around the state. She has performed with the Uptown Flutes, toured Europe with the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, and was a member of the 2013 National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir. Her woodwind quintet, the Monmouth Winds, has a busy concert schedule, and are actively commissioning new works to expand the repertoire. The quintet has performed at National Flute Conventions in New Orleans, LA (2013) and Washington, D.C. (2015). She has been on the faculty of the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts since 1996, and her flute students regularly achieve honors at the local, regional, state, and national level. She has served on the board of the National Flute Association, and is currently on the board of the New York Flute Club.
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Carlos Cuestas is an active performer and teacher based in the NYC area. His interest in music history and the way music was performed in past eras has led him to expand his skills on different kinds of plucked instruments and explore their repertoires. Baroque, Nineteenth, and Twentieth Century, as well as contemporary music, are repertoires that take on a new life if played on instruments from those periods, which is the idea of Carlos's versatility. His abilities range from performing solo recitals, to improvisations in the style of the nineteenth century, to taking part in continuo sections of baroque orchestras. Mr. Cuestas has traveled and performed across the United States, and to Central and South America, performing baroque opera, flute and guitar duets, and son jarocho music from Veracruz with the ensemble Radio Jarocho. Mr. Cuestas is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC.
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