Peter H. Bloom, flutist, whose playing has been called “a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength” (The Boston Globe), performs diverse chamber music from period-instrument concerts to premieres of new music. He is also a noted jazz artist. He concertizes in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; is featured on 40 recordings (Sony Classical, Dorian, Newport Classic, Leo Records, and other labels); and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award. He has given lectures, workshops and master classes across the globe on such wide-ranging topics as contemporary music, improvisation, historical performance, and exploratory jazz.
A champion of new music, Mr. Bloom collaborates extensively with composers and has given premieres of works by Richard Nelson, Edward Jacobs, Elliot Schwartz, Mark Harvey, Elizabeth Vercoe, Peter Aldins, Richard Cornell, John Felice, Paul Brust, Narong Prangcharoen, Marianela Maduro, Len Detlor, Karl Henning, Pamela Marshall, Joseph Fear, Matt Samolis, and others. Original compositions, including numerous works written for him, have been a vital part of his concert tours for more than three decades, across forty states and four continents. He has performed in festivals and series for adventurous music, including the Back Cove Festival, the Autumn Uprising Festival of New Music, Todd Brunel’s Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music, the North Shore Composers Collective, Composers in Red Sneakers, and Underground Composers, among others. In a collaboration spanning 25 years, Peter Bloom and pianist/harpist Mary Jane Rupert (the duo “2”) have toured the United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand, performing recent works by U.S, New Zealand and Thai composers.
Mr. Bloom’s career in jazz encompasses free improvisation, jazz standards, blues, bebop and the avant-garde. He has appeared with Charles Neville, Jaki Byard, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Taylor Ho Bynum, Walter Thompson, Raj Mehta, Mark Harvey and other notables. A 38-year veteran with the internationally acclaimed Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (“a bracing walk on the wild side of the big band spectrum” JazzTimes), Bloom has performed at hundreds of venues and appears on thirteen Aardvark CDs, including seven discs on Leo Records, one of the world’s leading adventuresome music labels. With members of Aardvark, he recorded improvised music for the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD series Treasures from the American Film Archives, which The New York Times called “one of the best sets of the year.”
Mr. Bloom is a noted interpreter of early music, and has given period-instrument concerts in the United States, Canada and Europe, appearing chiefly with Ensemble Chaconne (30th season, praised for “vitality and character, style and verve” – MusicWeb International). He has served as historical performance consultant to The American Museum in Britain, The New-York Historical Society, The American Antiquarian Society and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (25 years), where he has given numerous lecture-demonstrations and recorded for the audio guide to historical woodwinds.
Mr. Bloom served as Board member of the James Pappoutsakis Flute Competition for ten years, and is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music. His arrangements and compositions are available on the NSM website.