August 22: Kimberlee Goodman

Performing: Danza De La Mariposa by Valerie Coleman

Paired with Artwork: Portrait of Andries Stilte II  by Kehinde Wiley

Musician statement: In the wake of the civil rights movement that happened in the summer of 2020 I have tried desperately to find a way to highlight the significant contributions of African Americans to high art. Examples abound but one of my favorite composers is Valerie Coleman. Ms. Coleman is a flutist and composer extraordinaire. When looking to pair music and art I was immediately reminded of the outstanding work in the Columbus Museum of Art by the lauded artist Kehinde Wiley. 

About the music: Danza De La Mariposa is a rhythmic and melodic tone poem giving the listener a tour of South America, inspired by the various species of butterflies that inhabit the continent. Full of rich and unique colors, butterflies dance and weave in syncopated rhythms within the work, while alternating between the feel of 3 over 4 throughout. The slower sections pay homage to the beautiful and sorrowful sounds in the style of “Yaravi”, a Peruvian lament song. The melodies and rhythm eventually begin to evolve into the spirit and syncopation of Argentinean concert tango, and the end returns to the feel of “Yaravi”.

Kimberlee Goodman is a native of Arizona. She received flute performance degrees from Arizona State University (BM, 1998) The Ohio State University (MM, 2000, DMA, 2007). Dr. Goodman has been on the music faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio since 2005. She has served as the Equipment Manager for the National Flute Association at their annual convention since 2007.

In 2013, Dr. Goodman joined the staff of Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, Ohio. She serves as the Director of Development for America’s premier not-for-profit organization dedicated to Jazz. Kim has made traveling a priority in her life and has found a way to include performances and presentations as part of the journey. Through her work with Jazz Arts Group, she has been lucky enough to travel to Cuba on two separate occasions. On a return trip to Havana in 2017, she brought over $3,000 worth of musical instruments and accessories along with donations for the incredible musicians of Cuba. She has also hosted a large contingency of donors on trips to Vail, Colorado for the Vail Jazz Festival held over Labor Day Weekend.

Kim is the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Cultural Orchestra and also serves on the Artist’s Market Committee for the Columbus Arts Festival. Most recently she was named to the Board of Directors for the Westerville Symphony.

Kim makes her home in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Jack. www.kimberleegoodman.com