Deidre Huckabay is a performer, writer, and flutist living in Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi Nations. A sixth-generation Texan on both sides, Deidre is the descendent of white British and Scottish settlers who lived on lands belonging to Wichita, Comanche, and Apache people near present-day Dallas, Lubbock, and Amarillo. Daughter of Charlotte and Ron, granddaughter of Bettye, Anne, Bob, and Ray, Deidre is named after soap opera actor Deidre Hall (best known for playing Dr. Marlena Evans on Days of Our Lives) and recognizes the origin of her name in the Ulster legend Deirdre of the Sorrows.
Deidre’s work reflects a solitary, interior world, drawing on a musical life that requires long hours alone and listening. She tends to make work that undermines authorship through collaboration, ritual, and ceremony. Deidre is co-owner of the experimental cassette tape label Parlour Tapes+ and a member of the Chicago-based composer-performer collective Mocrep. She is co-curator of the We Series at Elastic Arts, founder of Spiderf*rt Press, and a contributor to Cacophony Magazine.
Deidre is a 3Arts Make a Wave Grantee and a High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist. In 2017, she received a full year studio and rehearsal residency from the Eighth Blackbird Chicago Artists Workshop. She has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Paul R. Judy Foundation, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.
As a flutist, Deidre has toured the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, and South America. She plays with Manual Cinema and has recorded for Urtext and Bridge Records. She studied flute at the Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University. Her previous projects include playing in the world-touring ensembles Eastman BroadBand and Arabesque Winds.
Via Sardine Consulting, Deidre offers grant writing to artists and arts organizations, especially those practicing experimental, interdisciplinary, or difficult-to-define approaches.
Articles by Deidre Huckabay:
This past November, the Eastman BroadBand performed six concerts in four cities during a rapid-fire one-week tour.
The BroadBand is one such labor of love, a project that on the one hand requires an enormous commitment of time and energy—but on the other promises an experience that...
I owe most of the stamps in my passport to my trips with the Eastman BroadBand.
For me, performing Bob Morris's music is a tricky balancing act.
For me, performing the music of Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez is risky. To say that his works are touchy is an understatement—in performance, they have the feel, for me, of being held...
Never turn down an invitation to eat, drink, or dance
The music of Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon is, for me, a satisfying challenge that requires the player to engage in intent chamber music—his own part is only a small portion of his...
This week, I'm in Rochester, New York, rehearsing with the Eastman BroadBand, a contemporary chamber orchestra at the Eastman School of Music, in preparation for our upcoming tour to Mexico.