Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford

Holly Hofmann defies stereotypes of the flute, often labeled an orchestral instrument, and places it at the front line of her jazz repertoire.

The San Diego-based musician treats the instrument like a jazz horn. She punches up the rhythm, reduces the vibrato and pays less attention to the classical correctness.

"Along with Hubert Laws, Holly is frankly the best jazz flute player today," says Grammy Award-winning jazzman Phil Woods.

As part of The Siskiyou Institute's Music in the Mountains series, Hofmann along with her husband, pianist Mike Wofford, will present a selection of songs by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the Old Siskiyou Barn in Ashland. Local jazz guitarist Ed Dunsavage will sit in with the duo.

The show will feature a variety of tempi and grooves, ranging from Jobim's smooth bossa novas to some lively sambas. Hofmann promises favorites such as "The Girl From Ipanema," "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars," "Luiza" and "Song of the Jet."

The melodious, sensuous and rhythmic components of Jobim's soundscape resonate with almost all audiences, and the music's low tones suit alto flute, making them especially poignant and plaintive, Hofmann says.

"Some people wonder about flute and piano in the jazz genre and wonder if it will be Brazilian enough," she says. "But Mike Wofford has such a beautiful left hand that plays the bass line. It's so rhythmic that people say they never miss the bass and drums."

Tickets for the Hofmann and Wofford show cost $25, or $20 for Siskiyou Institute members. Call 541-488-3869 or email info@siskiyouinstitute.com for information, reservations and directions.

— Teresa Thomas

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