Welcome to Shanna's current projects -

Check back often for updates and further developments! 


New Works for the Open-Hole Bass Flute!

I became fascinated by the bass flute when I first saw Eva Kingma’s instruments. This Dutch flutemaker revolutionized the instrument by creating open-hole key system for bass flute. This system dramatically expands the sound capabilities, resulting in a powerful dynamic range, full quarter-tone scale, and virtually endless multiphonics options. These are limiting factors on a traditional bass flute which have given rise to bass flute clichés, most notably a tendency to overuse percussive and airy sounds, leading to predictable gestures. With the new, open-hole bass flute, limitations are gone. Now is the time to fully explore what this new instrument is capable of by commissioning adventurous works for it and collaborating closely with composers. I have been awarded a grant to commission Kyong Mee Choi, Eric Honour, and Morgan Krauss for three new works for my open-hole bass flute.


Stay tuned as I continue this project with more commissions and a solo CD project!


New Works for the Open-Hole Bass Flute was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page here: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/new-works-for-the-open-hole-bass-flute/ 

Collect/Project emerges from a pool of todays highly skilled contemporary music interpreters, versed not only in classical and experimental performance techniques but also steeped in popular and folkloric music traditions. collect/project members seek more than mere interpretation and perfect fulfillment of a score. We seek the music within the music. We seek creative subtlety to free orthodox interpretations and reveal novel nuances. Performing not only works which deploy the creativity of the performer beyond what might be considered normal boundaries, but also taking the liberty of re-creating or re-arranging a work in new ways which still serve the original creative intent of the composer.

As a transatlantic ensemble based in sister cities Chicago and Hamburg, Collect/Project presents  experimental music and performance repertoire with an interest in unorthodox and deeply collaborative experiences. Seeking to push the boundaries of a traditional concert, the flexibility and unique instrumentation of the ensemble has led to collaborations and performances in the US, UK, and Germany, with appearances at the Blurred Edges Festival (Hamburg), Radialsystem (Berlin), and upcoming tours in the United States, Asia and Latin America. Click here for more info.

Frauke Aulbert, multi-vocalist
Shanna Gutierrez, flute
Eva Zöllner, accordion
Francisco Castillo Trigueros, electronics

FluteXpansionsContemporary Flute Resources

Collaboration with Matthias Ziegler

Matthias Ziegler and Shanna Gutierrez are collaborating on a new online space for exploring and learning techniques required in contemporary flute repertoire. Complete with repertoire examples, thorough explanations, production advice, notation suggestions, exercises, and in depth instructional videos of core “classic” contemporary pieces, this online space will be the first comprehensive resource for flutists and composers wishing to delve further in their understanding and use of extended techniques. It is designed for use by those new to extended techniques and contemporary repertoire, composers, and those who already have extensive skill in this area. Website platform is currently under development with a planned launch soon. Click here for more details.

Memoria Nova Ensemble

Shanna Gutierrez, flute
Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin/viola
Andrew Rosenblum, keyboards

Sonic Hedgehog Ensemble

Fie Schouten:Clarinet(s)
Shanna Gutierrez: Flute(s)
Wiek Hijmans: Electric Guitar

Sonic Hedgehog can be many trios: each different flute changes the sound formation of the entire ensemble; same is true for each of the different clarinets, including basset horn. The electric guitar is not only a guitar, but also an electronic interface, a midi instrument. In that sense the ensemble is also a wind duo with live electronics. Dedicated to uncovering new sound and sound combinations for their instruments, Sonic Hedgehog seeks to present concerts featuring works written expressly for the group as well as those with open form, theatrical elements, and improvisation.


Sonic Hedgehog is the unexpected consequence of a chance collaboration between the Dutch musicians Fie Schouten (bass clarinet) and Wiek Hijmans (electric guitar) and the American flutist Shanna Gutierrez, who were brought together by Rozalie Hirs for a trio of separable solos written for these individuals. Their desire to continue working together led to the formation of Sonic Hedgehog and an interest in commissioning new works for their unique trio.

Sonic Sculptures is a progressive program, sculpting sound through interactive workshops, composers forums, lecture recitals, masterclasses, and performance projects. It demystifies contemporary music, as it challenges performance conventions, supports emerging composers, and brings these sounds to a wider audience.