Prospect flutist headed to China

Rhonda Larson of Prospect.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Multi-cultural music is her genre. She buys flutes from different countries and then researches the kind of music that would be played on a particular flute.

She has played in China and was such a hit she has been invited back for six weeks and leaves next month. But first she stopped by News 8.

Larson is tonight’s guest on NYBERG.

“This is a Chinese flute called the Dizi,” she said. “They have this little membrane here, it’s like a kazoo membrane so it vibrates and it makes this buzzing sound. That’s a little much for me, so I taped it down so it won’t ring, but you’ll hear. This is an ancient Chinese melody almost 2,000 years old.”

In China, she said she’ll be playing “much of my music which I’ve written and their music as well.”

“They wanted us to come with a Chinese tune and I hadn’t yet. I try to have music from all over the world and we hadn’t been to China yet, so I found this melody and fell in love with it because it doesn’t sound Chinese. We’ve all heard Chinese music and it’s quite romantic, and I wanted something that I could really live with.

“So this time around we’ll come with three Chinese tunes, because they really love it. The audience liked our music in general. It’s kind of a flute culture. They have a lot of flute in their music culture. So here’s this tune, it comes from the Hand Dynasty. It’s really a passionate sound. It’s very playful, you can get very soulful with it or snappy; playful, you know.

Versatile does not begin to describe Rhonda Larson and her music. You can hear the rest of the interview at and click on NYBERG.

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