'Beautiful sound and elegant phrasing.' -- Gerardo Levy, Co-Principal Flutist, New York City Opera 'a CD unlike anyone else's, and one that is refreshing to listen to.' ---- Katherine Hoover, flutist and composer Petina Cole's eagerly awaited debut flute CD, Works for Flute by People I Know, is a broad collection of new age, classical and contemporary music for flute. You will find eight brand new works for flute by prominent, living New York City composers. Daryl Kojak, award-wining composer and long-time critical success on the New York cabaret and jazz scene, produced the album with Ms. Cole and performs piano and keyboard on six of the tracks. He wrote four of the pieces and co-wrote two with Petina. The cast of performers is star-studded and the collection includes two classical favorites by George Frideric Handel and Gabriel Faure. Flutist, singer and composer Petina Cole has performed chamber music in the US, Europe and the Middle East over the past twenty years. She is busy on the New York freelance scene playing with various groups ranging in style from new age to country blues to classical, and she composes and records original music for film and other media. Having graduated magna cum laude from NYU, Petina is a founding member of numerous arts organizations that bring education outreach and performance to diverse venues--'Opera at Home', delivering opera to under-served audiences, 'Handel with Care', offering salon entertainment as well as large concert programs, and various chamber groups. At her teaching studio in New York, Petina coaches students of all ages and levels in voice, flute, performance and recording technique. Petina received the 'Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement' at the 28th International Congress on Arts and Entertainment in 2001, Cambridge, England for her performance with world-renowned pianist Elise Sobol. Their work as a duo includes educational functions and programming, such as 'A Gentlewoman's Pursuit' featuring work of women composers and recently performed at the Mills Pond House art gallery and museum in St. James, New York. The two have performed with the 'Oyster Bay Distinguished Artists Concert Series' and 'Under the Stars'-a series promoted in public parks and sponsored by the Town of Oyster Bay. Ms. Cole toured across the country with the 'Tim Janis Ensemble', with 'Lenny Khmel' in his debut season of new age-classical music. Her rock vocal recording 'Hazel Lord', produced by Daryl Kojak and written by Anthony Biale, was released to critical acclaim in 2002. The NYROCK Street Beat praised her 'strong' vocals and PHASE9 Entertainment said 'What Hazel Lord seems to have done is go back to the seventies where lyrics and melody once ruled the music world.' In 2002 Ms. Cole co-wrote, produced and performed music for the soundtrack of the motion picture Nola, starring Emmy Rossum, James Badge Dale, Mary McDonnell and Steven Bauer. She was also associate producer and story consultant on the film. Nola is distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films and is scheduled to play theatres in the tri-state are in 2004. COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS DARYL KOJAK has worked on the New York music scene for nearly twenty-five years as a pianist, producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and musical director. Recently he has produced and arranged recordings for Broadway artists Mary Testa, Stephanie Pope and Heather MacRae, arranged and co-produced Laurie Krauz's jazz disc 'Catch Me If You Can', featuring George Coleman on tenor sax, and produced 'Our Hearts Sing' with Sandi Durell for the Genesius Guild, featuring twenty-one Broadway and Cabaret artists. He has performed On- and Off-Broadway and in clubs with Sandra Bernhardt, Vicki Sue Robinson, Carmel Quinn, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal, and has also worked with Jasmine Guy, Randy Brecker, Chapman Roberts and Christopher Walken. An accomplished and widely diverse composer, Daryl has created and scored music for film, television, stage and video games. Most recently he co-wrote songs for the feature film 'Nola' (Samuel Goldwyn Films), and also wrote several pieces for the MGM film 'True Love'. He composed and recorded music for Susie Mantella's acclaimed recording 'Your Present: A Half Hour Of Peace', and orchestrated and performed on Portia Nelson's DRG Records release 'This Life'. Daryl has received Backstage's Bistro Award for Outstanding Musical Direction and has been nominated for 'Best Musical Director' by MAC. His eagerly-awaited debut CD, 'Notes From The Pilgrimage' is now available on Cornerstone Records. WALTER SKOLNIK was born July 20, 1934 in New York City. He studied composition with Bernhard Heiden, Thomas Beversdorf and Goffredo Petrassi and received his DM in 1969 at Indiana University. He served as Composer-in-Residence under the MENC-Ford Foundation Contemporary Music Project and re-ceived four grants from 'Meet the Composer,' with support from the New York State Council on the Arts. Dr. Skolnik has published more than 70 compositions and arrangements for school choirs, bands and orchestras, as well as instrumental solos and chamber music. His compositions have been performed on radio, television, at Lincoln Center and various other venues. In recent years his works have premiered in Vienna, Berlin, Bucharest and Southern France. Walt wrote a lullaby for each of his three children. Lullaby for Gabriel is for his son, and Lullaby for Lydia, for his granddaughter, born May 14, 2002, is written in the Lydian mode. KATHERINE HOOVER was born in West Virginia and resides in New York, where she maintains an active career as composer, conductor, and flutist. She is the recipient of a Composer's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and many other awards, including an Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition. Four of her pieces have won the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition. Her works are published by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, and Papagena Press. CD's of her music have been issued on the Koch, Delos, Parnassus, Gasparo, Summit, Centaur, Cantilena, Bayer, Boston and Leonarda labels. Ms. Hoover wrote Kokopeli in Albuquerque, New Mexico (in 1990) in homage to the great legendary hero of the Hopi, said to have led his nation's migrations through the Southwest. The land itself inspired her to write and 'something really special happened there'. The piece has become a part of the standard flute repertoire. JACK BASHKOW's recording credits include albums with Keith Richards, Buster Poindexter, Lionel Hampton, Clarence Clemmons, Queen Latifah, Grandmaster Flash, Rebecca Pidgeon and luminaries too numerous to list. He has performed with Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer, Michael Bolton, Ronnie Spector, and played in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows such as Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only, Annie Get Your Gun; Footloose; Fosse; Grease; Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk and others. You can also hear Jack on many of your favorite jingles. He received a nomination for the Helen Hayes award as Best Musical Director and is listed in the 2003 'Who's Who in America'. REX BENINCASA has been a freelancing drummer and world music percussion specialist in New York for 24 years. Along with hundreds of television/radio soundtracks and commercial recordings, he has performed with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Consort, Flamenco Latino, Pilar Rioja, the Grammy Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Ballet, The Sacramento Ballet, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Rex has recorded albums and movie soundtracks for Karen Mason, Stephanie Pope, Foday Musa Suso, Philip Glass, Conversion, Sesame Street, NFL Films, The Ivory Consort and The Gerard Edery Ensemble, to name but a few. His most recent Broadway appearances have been with Fosee, Elaine Stritch, The Full Monty, Little Shop of Horrors & Hairspray. Mr. Benincasa likes all kinds of music. SHIRLEY GRUENHUT graduated from Brooklyn College, receiving the Charles Ives Award for Excellence in Music, studied piano accompaniment at the Manhattan School of Music and served as assistant vocal coach and accompanist at the Metropolitan Opera House studios. She has performed chamber music, and as a soloist, in Europe and Israel and develops transcriptions of orchestral compositions for piano four hands. Shirley lives in New York City where she performs and teaches. JAMES JETER has an active freelance career in New York City, performing bassoon with such ensembles as The Metropolitan Opera, Alvin Ailey Dance Co., St. Cecilia Orchestra and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. He founded and has toured with the Virtuosi Quintet through Columbia Artists Management. He holds a DMA from SUNY-Stony Brook and a MM from The Julliard School, and is an Affiliate Artist at Sarah Lawrence College. James is the proud parent of three Burmese kittens named Sigga, Dora and Emma (named for Sigmund Freud and two of his more famous patients). ELISE SOBOL, pianist/educator has had a multifaceted career in music since her public recital debut at age eight. Author of 'An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners', she has received international recognition for her work in special music education. As speaker/performer she has appeared in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, Lisbon, Portugal, and Melbourne, Australia. A Long Island resident, she has also appeared on both Oyster Bay's Distinguished Artists and Music Under the Stars Series with Petina Cole as guest performer. The recipient of the United States United Cultural Conventions International Peace Prize (May 2002), Elise Sobol has been given the Award of Honor by Very Special Arts and the New York State Senate nomination for their 'Woman of Distinction' program and is currently serving on the music faculties of NYU, Long Island University and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County. LARRY TIETZE is principal clarinetist with the Sante Fe-based 20th Century Unlimited Contemporary Music Ensemble and principal clarinetist/orchestra manager of the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players at Symphony Space & City Center. He performs with the New York Philomusica, Joffrey Ballet, Brooklyn Philharmonic and was solo first clarinetist of the West Point Band. He lives near Bear Mountain, NY with his wife and two sons.