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The Quarantine Tapes

by Melissa Keeling

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37 Days 07:13
Glitch 05:42
Abundance 09:44
Elevation 02:52
Affinity 06:32


March 14, 2020 was my first day in quarantine from the Coronavirus epidemic. The day before was a regular day in New Jersey, but everything seemed to change overnight. The music on this album is a series of solo improvisations for flute with effects pedals recorded between March and May of 2020. Most tracks were written and recorded in one day. No overdubbing or multiple takes, just one raw take - directly from my heart to yours.

Looking back, these tracks form a "sound diary" of my experiences and feelings on that particular day. The Quarantine Tapes were my medicine during this time, and I hope that they are healing for you, too.

Melissa Keeling, flute (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6) and alto flute (tracks 3, 5, 7, 8). Effects recorded in real-time.


released July 23, 2020

Music, photos, and artwork by Melissa Keeling.
© Honeyheart Music 2020

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Melissa Keeling Bowling Green, Kentucky

Flutes and effects pedals.

Composer | improviser | teacher | author


"Stunning and moving... refreshing and necessary to exploring the boundaries of the flute.” (The Flute View)

"Revelatory... Keeling's compositions and her playing represent the full 64-color box of Crayolas while the rest of us are making do with an eight-pack of crayons" (Flutist Quarterly)
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