Mark Christopher Brandt
Duo Pieces with Flutist Yana Nikol
When Yana Nikol reached out to me in the fall of 2015 for private lessons in improvisation, I was simply planning to increase her musical vocabulary, as I try to do for all of my students. Instead, I discovered that every time Yana picked up her flute she delivered a veritable melodic tour de force, and I quickly nicknamed her “the Little Bird.” Our simpatico quickly evolved into a magical collaboration which resulted in multiple public performances, a dvd and two cds in the span of two short years.
Since our time together Yana has literally exploded onto the Washington, D.C. music scene. She has worked with some of the D.C. area’s finest artists, including the United States Army Band, the Cristian Perez Group, (of course, she was with Cristian before we met), Chinese dulcimer player Chao Tan, and, in 2018 she formed her own group Project Locréa. Yana hosts a regular monthly jam session with guitarist Cristian Perez at the Epicure Cafe.
Visit my You Tube channel to witness firsthand the dynamic chemistry that Yana and I shared. See the links below for FREE sheet music downloads of our flute and piano duo pieces. Visit my store for more!
God bless you Yana! Thanks for all of the great music, the smiles and most of all, thanks for being being you!
I thank You Almighty God for the gift of Yana Nikol in my life. Amen.
Mark and Yana 2018
Up to You
The Emperor's Delight
A Gentle Breeze
The Nightingale Returns
A Little Bird Told Me
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