BackStage Music: Claire Chase + Sonant Bodies
25 May @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST$20.00 - $35.00
Tickets: General admission: $35 | Concession: $20
To kickstart a year of living music, BackStage Music presents Claire Chase (USA) – a world leading flutist and champion of music made now. Claire is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute and she has championed new music throughout the world. Opening the night, BackStage Music welcomes early career artists Sonant Bodies (featuring Victoria Pham, James Hazel and Sarah Monk) in an immersive blindfolded experience Sound of Spaces where you are invited to surrender your senses.
Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. In 2014 Chase launched Density 2036, a 22-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute between 2014 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. Every three years of the cycle a retrospective event will be held in which Claire will perform cumulative concerts of all Density work commissioned up until that date. In 2036, a 24-hour marathon will take place.
A deeply committed educator, Chase was named Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Harvard University starting in 2017. She has overseen the development and implementation of education programs such as The Listening Room (for K-6 school children with no musical background), EntICE (for middle-school and high-school youth orchestras in underserved areas of New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles). She is also the co-artistic director, with her longtime collaborator Steven Schick, of the Summer Music Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.
Claire is visiting Sydney for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s ‘Composing Women’ program, working closely with Peggy Polias, Bree van Reyk, Georgia Scott, and Josephine Macken. Clare will also be presenting an interactive performance-lecture and discussion as part of the Alfred Hook Lecture Series.
- Du Yun (b. 1977): Gradient Density (2013) for electronics
- Steve Reich (b. 1936): Vermont Counterpoint (1982) for 11 flutes (piccolos, flutes, alto flutes)
- Marcos Balter (b. 1974): Pessoa (2013) for 6 bass flutes
- Suzanne Farrin (b. 1976): The Stimulus of Loss (2016) for glissando headjoint and ondes martenot
- Mario Diaz de León (b. 1979): Luciform (2013) for flute and electronics
- Du Yun (b. 1977): An Empty Garlic (2014) for bass flute and electronics
- Edgard Varèse (1883-1965): Density 21.5 (1936) for flute alone
“A virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity”
– Chicago Tribune