Project Infinity

Circular breathing is a technique used by woodwind players that allows them to play for a long time without a break. It involves simultaneously exhaling the air collected through the mouth whilst taking a breath throw the nose.

The idea of co-writing a methodology on how to learn this particular technique playing the flute was initiated by the flutist Natalia Jarząbek under the supervision of her teacher, prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna from the Academy of Music in Kraków. During her studies, Natalia learnt on her own how to circular breathe. Thanks to the support of her teacher, prof. Barbara Świątek-Żelazna, she perfected her skills, taking breaths inaudibly and invisibly without disturbing the quality of sound or intonation.

In 2017 Natalia and prof. Świątek-Żelazna received the prestigious Ars Quaerendi award of the Lesser Poland Gouverment to write a book about circular breathing and record a unique CD with pieces that are unable to be recorded on the flute without using this technique. Inspired by the infinite possibility of continuing sound and the capabilities of the flute as a musical instrument, this project has received the name “Infinity”.

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Natalia conducted various workshops and masterclasses expanding circular breating technique. It is worth to mention: Tampere Flute Fest 2024, Miyazawa Querwind Festival 2024, The National Flute Association Convention Phoenix 2023, III Lesser Poland Flute Festival 2020, II Polish Flute Congress 2019, Festival Universitario de Flauta Transversa in México City 2019, Alexander Arutiunian International Wind Festival in Yerevan 2019, workshops for flute students of: professor Wally Hase, Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, professor Agata Igras, The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and others.

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