Musician, Educator, Entrepreneur & Activist
By Shari Gasper
Read an interview with Dr. Ugrcic published by Footlights for the article in the March issue "She Made This." Iva talks about her career, love for music and art, the beginning of LunART, and its meaningful work over the past three years highlighting two women artists Kelly Parks Snider and Fabu Phillis Carter and their involvement with LunART.
This is COVID-19 quarantine edition recorded Oct 2020 for the LunART's Virtual Festival HUMAN FAMILY 🎵 I am so grateful we had a chance to play together despite all the difficulties!
FANMI IMÈN is Haitian Creole for Maya Angelou's famous work, Human Family. Both the musical and literary poems acknowledge differences within mankind, either due to ethnicity, background, or geography, but Angelou's refrain: 'we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike,” reaffirms our humanity as a reminder of unity. Coleman's work draws inspiration from French flute music blending with an underlying pentatonicism found in Asian traditions, a caravan through Middle Eastern parts of the world merging with Flamenco, and an upbeat journey southward into Africa with the sounds of Kalimba (thumb piano).
NEW YOUTUBE INITIATIVE
New Etudes Every Week!
This initiative started as my way of coping with, and in response to COVID-19. It commenced with sharing simple and beautiful romantic solo flute etudes with friends and family around the world. My hope is to bring a little light to their everyday lives knowing that so many art events and concerts have been cancelled or postponed.
This initial idea quickly developed into the #covidchallenge, an effort of keeping my playing in shape while going back to basics and enjoying this new, slow-pace environment.
So far, I have been working on the following 4 books:
Do you have questions or any suggestions on the next book etude? Feel free to contact me. Let's get a little bit better every day!
Check out the most recent etude:
LATEST RADIO INTERVIEW
My World and Welcome to it
w/ Rex Owens
Dr. Ugrcic talks about her growing up is Serbia, musical educational journey, living and working in US, and the impact Covid-19 had on her solo career as well as LunART!