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BIOGRAPHIES

SHORT BIO

Based in St. John’s, NL, Rozalind MacPhail is an established multidisciplinary artist and classically trained musician who combines sound and image in audio-visual works that speak honestly of people, place and the human experience. 

MacPhail has received multiple honours and awards including an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL‘s Female Artist of the Year. She’s recorded 12 albums, written and recorded music for film and performed and toured internationally over the last two decades.

LONG BIO

Newfoundland’s award-winning songwriter, looping-flutologist, touring artist, film composer and inspirational speaker explores new ways of combining image, inspiration and sound in audio-visual works that speak honestly of people, place and the human experience.

A classically-trained flutist, Rozalind MacPhail layers moody vocals, electrifying flute loops, omnichord and driving electronics through her effects pedals and the digital audio workstation, Ableton Live.

MacPhail has received multiple honours and awards including an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL‘s Female Artist of the Year. She’s recorded 12 albums, written and recorded music for film and performed and toured internationally over the last two decades.

Rozalind MacPhail is currently recording her upcoming full-length album PUSH & PULL which features electronic production by Brad Weber of 2x Grammy winning Canadian group Caribou. The songs from PUSH & PULL were largely inspired by MacPhail’s 2021 Digital Artist Residency in Twillingate, NL as part of the Unscripted Twillingate: Digital Arts Festival, and is set to release in 2023.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Selected to perform at National Flute Convention (Chicago, Illinois) (2022)
  • Award Nominee, MusicNL’s “Side Musician of the Year” (2021)
  • Featured Performer/Inspirational Speaker for keynote concert, INSPIRATION SOUP at Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival (2021)
  • Featured Performer, Live at Heart Sweden Online Conference (2021)
  • Digital Artist Residency in Twillingate (DART) through the Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival (2021)
  • Inspirational Speaker for keynote concert, INSPIRATION SOUP at MusicNL Week (2021)
  • Award Nominee, MusicNL Award (2021) for “Side Musician of the Year” and “Music Educator of the Year”
  • WAITING OUTSIDE by Joshua Jamieson (film score composed by MacPhail) offered a multi-year broadcast licensing deal with CBC’s Reel East Coast Season 6. Broadcasting on CBC Atlantic Network and CBC Gem (2021)
  • Inspirational Speaker, Business & Arts NL’s Creative Edge program (2020)
  • Showcasing Artist, Rocktober, artist showcase supporting local music in NL (2020)
  • Inspirational Speaker, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY at CB Nuit Online Arts Festival (2020)
  • Canadian Premiere of DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR at CB Nuit Online Arts Festival (2020)
  • Grant Recipient – MusicNL “Press On” Program (2020)
  • Award Nominee – ECMA’s “Electronic Recording of the Year” (DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR)
  • Short List Award Nominee, MusicNL Award (2019) for “Female Artist of the Year”, “Electronic Artist of the Year”, “Side Muscian of the Year” and “Educator of the Year” (DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR)
  • North American Premiere of DON’T LET ME FALL TOO FAR at Cucalorus Festival (2019)
  • Showcasing Artist, Contact East (2019)
  • Tour, 17-date performance and music clinic tour of Sweden and Denmark / Showcased at Live at Heart Sweden (2019)
  • Tour, 17-date performance and music clinic tour of Sweden and Denmark / Showcased at Live at Heart Music Conference (2019)
  • Award Nominee, ECMA (2019) for “Electronic Recording of the Year” (LOVE AND LET BE)
  • Featured Performer and Music Educator, Festival of Small Halls (2019)
  • International Jury Member, Live at Heart Film Awards (Sweden)
  • Presenter at the National Flute Convention in Salt Lake City
  • Award Nominee, MusicNL Award (2018) for “Female Artist of the Year”, “Instrumental Artist of the Year”, “Educator of the Year” and “Side Musician of the Year” (LOVE AND LET BE)
  • Tour, 14-date performance and music clinic tour of Berlin and Sweden / Live at Heart Sweden
  • Tour, 5-date showcase/panelist at the National Flute Convention in Orlando, Florida
  • Tour, 9-date Cucalorus Festival sponsored tour of North Carolina / Cameron Art Museum, Cat’s Cradle, Cat Fly Film Festival and various yoga studios
  • Award Nominee, ECMA (2018) “Electronic Recording of the Year” (SUNSET SUNRISE)
  • TOUR – 26-date Long & McQuade / Gemeinhardt sponsored tour of Atlantic Canada / Long & McQuade stores, various schools, ECMA’s and Quality Block Party
  • First Canadian flutist to be sponsored as a Gemeinhardt Musical InstrumentsInternational Touring Artist (2018 – Present)
  • MacPhail created an album for Yin Yoga home practice in 2018 for the RPM ChallengeLOVE AND LET BE
  • MacPhail created an album of meditation music in 2017 for the RPM ChallengeSUNSET SUNRISE. It was nominated for ECMA Electronic Recording of the Yearand MusicNL’s Instrumental Recording of the Year.
  • From 2015 – 2016, MacPhail collaborated with Canadian film director, Ingrid Veninger, improvising a live score of original music for her award-winning feature film, HE HATED PIGEONSwhich has screened at film festivals worldwide.
  • MacPhail has performed at the National Flute Convention and the Canadian Flute Convention.
  • MacPhail’s audio-visual project, FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN premiered in 2016 at Gros Morne Summer Music and the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was nominated for MusicNL Instrumental Recording of the Year and won ECMA Electronic Recording of the Year.
  • HEAD FIRST, MacPhail’s collaborative audio-visual DVD project was released at the Banff Centre and also was co-presented with St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival at St. John’s LSPU Hall.  This project represents seven years of work curating and collaborating with musicians and filmmakers from across Canada.  The US premiere of HEAD FIRST took place in North Carolina at the 20th Annual Cucalorus Film FestivalHEAD FIRST was nominated for an ECMA and a MusicNL Award

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS

Unscripted Twillingate Digital Arts Festival, NewFest, First Night Raleigh, CB Nuit, Cameron Art Museum, Contact East, The Rooms, Festival of Small Halls, Cat’s Cradle, Live at Heart Sweden, Cat Fly Film Festival, Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Banff Centre, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Canadian Flute Convention, Cucalorus Film Festival, Ashland Independent Film Festival, Nickel Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Gros Morne Summer Music, Sound Symposium, National Flute Convention, MusicNL Week and TEDx St. John’s.

QUOTES

It‘s easy to fall for the eclectic sounds of this creative mastermind, and you will probably get lost in your imagination while falling.” – Pamela Hodder (Rock Eden Magazine)

Musical genius with fab filmmaking skills” – Candice Walsh (St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival)

MacPhail is forging new territory for musicians everywhere.” – Amanda Taylor (The Flute Examiner)

An artistry that is both visionary and innovative.” – Viviana Guzman (The Flute View)

Rozalind MacPhail knows no boundaries. A classically trained flutist and electro-music renegade, MacPhail has covered the length of the country playing her compositions and leaving art in her wake.” – Ken Simmons (The Telegram)

Rozalind MacPhail, St. John’s troubadour flutist, best flute on both coasts.” Doc Pickles (Wavelength Music Series)

IN THE PRESS

Canadian Beats (online) – https://canadianbeats.ca/2021/10/15/rozalind-macphail-releases-new-single-never-let-go

The East (online) – http://www.theeastmag.com/2021/09/19/rozalind-macphails-never-let-go-inspired-by-twillingate-and-award-winning-short-film-waiting-outside

CBC NL (online/radio) – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/first-listen-rozalind-macphail-1.5354491

The Newfoundland Herald (print/online) – https://nfldherald.com/music-spotlight-rozalind-macphail

The Casket (print/online) – https://www.thecasket.ca/community/a-hearty-bowl-of-flute-loops-and-film-at-the-townhouse-294331/

The East (online) – http://www.theeastmag.com/2018/12/06/music-video-rozalind-macphail-brings-1940s-north-carolina-to-halifax-with-the-gaze

WECT TV (Fox TV News, North Carolina) – http://www.wect.com/story/38473002/from-the-river-to-the-ocean-tour-makes-first-stop-in-wilmington

WUNC “The State of Things” (NPR, North Carolina) – http://wunc.org/post/canadian-musician-creates-audiovisual-project-inspired-wilmington

Yes! Weekly (North Carolina) – http://yesweekly.com/canadian-flute-player-and-filmmaker-performs-live-soundtrack-music/

Encore (North Carolina) – http://www.encorepub.com/layers-of-emotion-composer-uses-music-and-film-to-build-a-narrative-on-the-human-experience/

Triad City Beat (North Carolina) – https://triad-city-beat.com/pride-cucalorus-rozalind-mcphail-create-bowl-flute-loops/

St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (St. John’s, NL) https://www.womensfilmfestival.com/blog/2/17-women-directed-films-to-see-at-the-nickel-independent-film-festival

Saltwater Stories – Review of St. John’s Premiere of FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN (St. John’s, NL) https://saltwaterstories.net/2017/05/16/push-and-pull-of-memories-the-st-johns-premiere-of-rozalind-macphails-from-the-river-to-the-ocean

The Overcast (St. John’s, NL) https://theovercast.ca/a-sneak-peak-of-rozalind-macphails-ecma-winning-audio-visual-project

CBC Radio Interview (St. John’s, NL) http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/st-john-s-morning-show/segment/12544064

The Telegram (St. John’s, NL)     http://www.thetelegram.com/living/entertainment/2017/5/7/st–john-s-musician-rozalind-macphail-returns-from-ecmas-with-mo.html

Saltwater Stories (online) https://saltwaterstories.net/2017/04/27/leave-a-note-place-and-memory-in-the-music-of-rozalind-macphail/

The Overcast (St. John’s, NL) https://theovercast.ca/day-3-an-album-inspired-by-the-death-of-artist-graham-howcraft

Flute Examiner (online) http://thefluteexaminer.com/interview-canadian-flutist-rozalind-macphail

Star News (North Carolina) http://www.starnewsonline.com/entertainment/20161109/cucalorus-22-beyond-film—-music-performance-art-comedy-all-part-of-fest

Rogue Valley Messenger (Oregon) http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/he-hated-pigeons-live-sounds-in-spite-of-lost-love

The Overcast (St. John’s, NL) http://theovercast.ca/rozalind-macphail-to-live-score-a-film-during-this-years-sji-womens-film-festival/

Encore (North Carolina) http://www.encorepub.com/head-first-into-cucalorus-artist-in-residence-rozalind-macphail-debuts-visual-album/

WILMA (North Carolina) http://www.wilmaontheweb.com/November-2014/November-Spotlight/

Sea and be Scene (online) http://seaandbescene.com/2013/11/rozalind-macphail-launches-her-head-first/

The Independent (St. John’s, NL) http://theindependent.ca/2013/11/29/flouting-convention-new-release-explores-flutes-films-and-the-unknown/

Sea and be Scene “The Painted Houses Project by Rozalind MacPhail” (online) http://seaandbescene.com/2011/04/the-painted-houses-project-by-rozalind-macphail/

SOCAN “Featured Artist of the Month” (online) http://www.socan.ca/jsp/en/pub/interactive/RozalindMacPhail.jsp