Claire Chase and the Density 2036 Project

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Sunday, November 15, 2020 - 5:30pm

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Monthly Concerts: Claire Chase and the Density 2036 Project
Claire Chase and the Density 2036 Project (estimated time: 60 minutes)
Virtual event; admission/access is free. 


Claire Chase and the Density 2036 Project

Estimated time: 60 minutes

Following the example of Edgard Varese, Claire Chase takes us many years into the future with a survey of her ambitious Density 2036 project, a 23-year venture to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute culminating in 2036, the centenary of Density 21.5. Each season, Chase premieres a new program of commissioned music, with six hours of new repertory created so far. She plays for us a selection of the works created to date: pieces by Du Yun, Marcos Balter, Dai Fujikara, Tyshawn Sorey, and Pauline Oliveros. After the performance there will be live Q&A via Zoom. Discussions with Claire Chase are always lively and fascinating.

A winner of a 2012 MacArthur “genius grant,” Claire Chase is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Harvard University. From 2016 to 2019, she served as co-artistic director, with her longtime collaborator Steven Schick, of Ensemble Evolution, a three-week intensive workshop for emerging musicians at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in Canada. From 2014 to 2018, Chase was a fellow at Project&, a Chicago-based social justice organization where she  collaborated with the composer Marcos Balter and the director Douglas Fitch on the creation of Pan, an opera for solo flute and an all-ages ensemble of community members, which Alex Ross of the New Yorker called “art as grassroots action.”

Related articles in the November 2020 NYFC Newsletter can be found here.

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Video excerpts from
An Empty Garlic (2014)                                     Du Yun (b. 1977)
     for bass flute and electronics                       [Density 2036: part ii (2014)]

Pan (2017)                                                        Marcos Balter (b. 1974)
     for solo flute, live electronics,                      [Density 2036: part v (2017)]
     and mass community participation

Lila (2015)                                                         Dai Fujikura (b. 1977)
     for flute, bass flute, and contrabass flute     [Density 2036: part iii (2015)]

Bertha’s Lair (2016, rev. 2018-19)                    Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)
     for flute and percussion                               [Density 2036: part vi (2019)]

Intensity 20.15 – A tribute to Grace Chase (2015)      Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016)
     for Claire Chase and the                                        [Density 2036: part iii (2015)]
     Expanded Instrument System (EIS)

Q & A with Claire Chase (viewer questions via Zoom Q & A)

Program subject to change 

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