“As an artist, I strive to find new principles that stretch well beyond the traditional set of rules yet still speak to the heart. This is a discipline that requires careful study, careful listening, and careful criticism.”

Henry Flurry is a recipient of a 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant.

Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support the advancement of artistic research, aid in the development of artistic work and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities. For more information about the Artist Research & Development Grant, click here.

Henry Flurry will organize and co-present a concert of his orchestral works in Prescott, AZ. These compositions range from traditional to novel neotonal styles, including the premiere of his piano concerto Currents, a deeply emotional and personal reaction to New Orleans’ complex relationship to water as a source of life, death, and rebirth.

Flurry feels the experience of this concert in Prescott will be significant to this rural community on multiple levels: Prescott has its own relationship to water that is inverse to that of New Orleans; with the loss of 19 local firefighters, Prescott understands tragedy and healing from natural disaster; and Prescott will have the opportunity to witness and celebrate the 14-year arc of an artistic growth that has been incubated by the community’s willingness to commission and perform locally composed music.

Henry Flurry is a composer and private teacher based in Prescott, Arizona. His formal composition training includes studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Northwestern University School of Music, University of Birmingham (UK), and the European American Musical Alliance of Paris, France. He has studied composition with Michael Zev Gordon, Marianne Ploger, Jonathan Best, Philip Lasser, Stephen Paulus, Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, Samual Adler, Ellis Marsalis, and Bert Braud.

Flurry composes for solo instruments and ensembles of all sizes. His orchestral work Fanfare for My City was selected by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to be their official fanfare. Recent large ensemble works include Impulso: Concerto for Marimba, Flamenco Guitar and Dancer, a collaboration with Chris Burton-Jacome premiered in St. Louis; 1912, premiered by the Prescott POPS; and Fragments, premiered by the Yavapai College Master Chorale. His piano concerto Currents is to be premiered in October, 2017 with Steinway Artist James d’Leon.

Flurry accepts commissions for new works.

Photo by A Storybook Moment