Rozalind MacPhail
Rozalind MacPhail - Dempster Highway
Region: Newfoundland and Labrador
Genre: Alternative, Classical, Electronic, Indie, Jazz, Singer-Songwriter

“…a breath of fresh air. MacPhail’s passion and skill on the flute is obvious; She inspires the listener with uplifting melodies and dance-inducing grooves. MacPhail is forging new territory for musicians everywhere. I highly recommend everyone listen to this album!”  – Amanda Taylor (The Flute Examiner)

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

An innovative multi-instrumentalist, Rozalind MacPhail recently won the 2016 MusicNL Award for Female Artist of the Year and 2017 ECMA Electronic Recording of the Year. A classically trained flutist, MacPhail fled the boundaries of classical music to create unique fabrics of sound, blending flute, electronics and field recordings, and has created music for film and live performance as well as releasing several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience.

MacPhail’s newest audio-visual project, FROM THE RIVER TO THE OCEAN premiered at Gros Morne Summer Music and the Cucalorus Film Festival in North Carolina. It was nominated for MusicNL Instrumental Recording of the Year and ECMA Electronic Recording of the Year. MacPhail created an album of meditation music last February for the RPM ChallengeSUNSET SUNRISE. She has been invited to perform at the 45th Annual National Flute Convention in Minneapolis this summer.

Rozalind grew up in Canada on a small group of islands nestled in the harbour of Toronto, Ontario called Toronto Island. She has lived in many parts of Canada but it was the artistically vibrant city of St. John’s, Newfoundland that stole her heart.

Following years of classical music performance training at the Etobicoke School of the Arts,  University of Toronto and University of Ottawa, she has pursued her interest in a wide range of musical genres, while performing as guest flutist with other artists, including Yo La Tengo, Lou Barlow, Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers, Elliott Brood and Pick a Piper.

In 2014, HEAD FIRST, MacPhail’s collaborative audio-visual 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.

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 PIGEONS which has screened at film festivals worldwide.

Performance Highlights: NewFest, 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, MusicNL Week and TEDx St. John’s.

Rozalind seeks opportunities to create music for film, particularly through live performance synchronized to image. She looks forward to performing her original music worldwide, while connecting with audiences of all ages. As a music clinician, Rozalind has presented workshops in Canada and the United States in flute performance, live scoring for film, looping through Ableton Live and music career development.