DUO NOIRE is an innovative classical guitar ensemble that is breaking new ground through their genre-bending programming choices, commissioned premieres, and original arrangements. Consisting of the pioneering American classical guitarists Thomas Flippin & Christopher Mallett, Duo Noire has been hailed as a "virtuosic pair" (I Care if You Listen) and has performed across the world in distinguished venues such as the Norfolk Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Peking University (Beijing), the Times Center, and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute as Resident Artists.
Duo Noire has been featured in articles by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Magazine, Gendai Guitar, and on the cover of the Guitar Foundation of America's quarterly journal Soundboard. Their debut album, FIGMENTS, consisted of "a substantial piece...recorded in crystalline sound" (Soundboard), which was written for them by the award-winning Juilliard professor Raymond Lustig. FIGMENTS was praised for its "impressive technique” stating that “Flippin and Mallett definitely don't disappoint (I Care if You Listen)." The album has been broadcast on WNYC, WQXR, Inside Classical Guitar for Radio Arts Foundation St. Louis and Classical Guitar Insider with Bret Williams.
In 2015 the duo began their "Women of Guitar Commissioning Project," to remedy the lack of gender diversity in classical guitar repertoire. Made possible through funding from the Diller-Quaile School of Music where Flippin is on faculty, Duo Noire has commissioned several of the most talented female composers of their generation to write for two guitars, including Clarice Assad, Courtney Bryan, Gabrielle Herbst (GABI), Golfam Khayam, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Gity Razaz, and Gabriella Smith. The project will culminate in a full length album and tour in 2017-2018.