As a classically trained orchestral flutist, Joanne Lazzaro has played all over the USA including Los Angeles (Disney Hall), New York, Chicago (Symphony Center) and around the world; Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, & the Netherlands. She’s shared the stage with artists as varied as gospel singer CeCe Winans, flutist James Galway, jazz pianist Billy Childs, heavy-metal singer/songwriter Serj Tankian, and once played for the Prince of Monaco at his palace (actually, on the patio - and he waved from a balcony!). She performed with the Hour of Power Orchestra (broadcast worldwide) from 1999-2001, resulting in random people asking her “You look really familiar…. did I see you on TV at the airport?” Joanne “accidentally” released her debut New-Age solo Native American flute album Under the Stars in 2015, and was nominated for a Zone Music Reporter Best Instrumental Acoustic award. In 2018, she started her own record label – JoRazzal Music, specifically to produce and release world-premiere recordings. Her first classical-world crossover album: Canyon Shadows for native flute, C-flute and percussion by New York composer Katherine Hoover, received two Global Music Awards and was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Her 2019 foray into remote recording with the St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia), resulted in the orchestral classical single A Dark Goddess for flute and strings by David W. Solomons, which also won the Best Flute Single Award from One World Music Radio. Her second world-premiere album in the genre-bending “classical crossover” category, Suite Esmerelda for flute and piano by Eric V. Baum is her first release on vinyl (also available on Pandora, AppleMusic, Spotify, Tidal, YouTube, Shazam, TikTok, and virtually all other streaming services worldwide).
Currently the Principal Flute for the Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra, Joanne also performs on both flute & piccolo with several other Southern California orchestras and chamber ensembles. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Flute Orchestra since 1999, where she is often featured on Native American and other indigenous world flutes. An official member of The Indie Collaborative, she performs in artist music showcases – not only her original songs, but also as a versatile live-concert “stand-in” for other famous world- flute recording artists, playing everything from Indian bansuri to Native American flute. She enjoys studio recording sessions and collaborating on demos and soundtracks for independent film composers, where the most popular request is for “Aztec Death Whistle”. A sought-after flute workshop clinician for both the National Flute Association and the World Flute Society, Joanne also maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles for students interested in both classical & numerous types of world flutes. You can find out more about her at www.kokopelli.la