kairos is a Boston-based flute/harp duo dedicated to musical innovation, community engagement, and composer collaborations. The duo has had the opportunity to share music with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. kairos has been invited to perform at a variety of different venues throughout Massachusetts and Vermont including New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Boston Public Library, MIT’s Whitehead Institute, Endicott Estate, Dorset Historical Society Museum, and the United Church of Dorset. kairos has received two Community Performances and Partnerships Fellowships at New England Conservatory to perform throughout the Boston community in senior living facilities, public schools, libraries, and other community venues.
In ancient Greek, kairos translates to “the opportune moment” — now is the opportune moment to bring the flute/harp duo repertoire in a new direction. kairos recently collaborated with composers Yi Yiing Chen and Vicente Alexim on two new works for flute and harp. These commissions were made possible by two generous grants from New England Conservatory.
In the summer of 2017, the duo team co-founded and co-directed the Dorset Chamber Music Residency (DCMR), a community-driven classical chamber music festival based in Dorset, VT. The festival's inaugural season included five vibrant performances featuring the seven musicians-in-residence throughout the week of June 25 - July 2, 2017. Check out the DCMR tab for more info!
Alix has been the recipient of numerous awards including: the Annapolis Music Festival Maestro Award for Outstanding Soloist at the age of 13, the NYU Excellence in String Performance and Leadership Award, the NYU Orchestral Excellence Award and the NYU Founders Award for Academic Excellence. In 2015, Alix was also the winner of the NYU String Competition. At NEC, Alix was awarded both Individual and Ensemble fellowships. This year, Alix was awarded First Runner-Up in the NEC Lower Strings Concerto Competition. Recently, Alix co-founded a flute and harp duo, kairos, which was awarded a grant from NEC to commission contemporary works for their instrumentation.
Alix has attended the Aspen Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, MusicAlp, Saratoga Harp Colony, Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, and Interlochen Arts Camp. This summer Alix is a Harp Fellow at National Orchestra Institute in Maryland.
You can hear Alix on the soundtrack of RuPaul's Drag Races (Season 5), the film Reservation Road, IHeart Radio, Bravo TV's Million Dollar Listing, and WMNR Fine Arts Radio.
Praised by the Calgary Herald for her "lyrical sensitivity," Fanya Wyrick-Flax is an innovative and elegant performer. An active freelance musician in the New York tristate area and Boston, Fanya has performed with ensembles including New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, MidAtlantic Opera, Ensemble 212, EQ Ensemble and The Conductors Institute Orchestra at Bard College; and at music festivals including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Bard Music Festival. She was invited to perform Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto with American Symphony Orchestra in October 2013 as a 2013 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition winner.
An ardent proponent of new music, Fanya is the core flutist of Contemporaneous, a New York based new music ensemble devoted to performing works by living composers, as well as the flutist in the Boston-based new music flute/harp duo kairos. She can be heard in several recordings with Contemporaneous including the ensemble’s debut album Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly (Innova), as well as TORUS (Roven Records), The NYFA Collection, Vol. 2 (Innova), and on the soundtrack of the indie film Ready? OK! (2008).