Featuring works from the Density 2016 and 2017 cycles, by Suzanne Farrin, Tyshawn Sorey, Marcos Balter, as well as the Chicago premiere of a new work by Anthony Cheung for flute and string quartet featuring the Spektral Quartet.
Featuring performances throughout the festival, including selections from Density Parts I-IV (2013-16), works by Mario Diaz de Leon, Du Yun, Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey and Steve Reich.
Photo credit: Lawrence Cherney
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ICE presents an encore performance of Ashley Fure's The Force of Things as part of an extended residency and workshop period at the University of Michigan, where Adam Fure, the collaborator and brother of the composer, is a professor of architecture. Other activities include chamber music classes, open rehearsals, and lectures at the University of Michigan School of Music.
For inquires and availabilities: mttremperarts.org
Claire is joined for a six-day residency at Mount Tremper Arts by Marcos Balter, Doug Fitch, and Project& for development of Balter's new piece, "Pan."
Claire joins her close collaborator Doug Fitch and a stellar cast of New York performers! This being the first edition of Doug Fitch’s Art Gallery Variety Show, we begin in the bubble of comfort of our own little room – so nice to come home to – only to find certain outside influences more pernicious and pugnacious than one might have envisioned. The demons of disingenuity are swarming about, filling the void with fallacious authenticity and threatening our exceptionalist contentment. Following a story-esque through-line presented in songful vignettes and other musical vehicles, some of the city’s most talented performers and cultural barometers inhabit National Sawdust, offering uplift in this downful time.
On Thursday, March 2, David Nolan Gallery will host a musical performance with Claire Chase and Pauchi Sasaki in conjunction with a special installation of drawings by Jorinde Voigt. On view from February 23 through March 25, the installation contains new works from Voigt’s latest series, Song of the Earth. As part of this collaboration, Voigt prepared a series of reproductions of a vast 26-foot-long, multi-part drawing, The Shift (Song of the Earth) I-VIII(2016) which, in turn, were individually annotated and used by Chase as musical scores. Interpreting the imagery and colors within the work, Chase translates these visual cues as varying pitches and melodic shifts.
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Flutist Claire Chase brings her “broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality” (The New York Times) to the Ordway Concert Hall for a program inspired by human fascination with flight. Kaija Saariaho’s Terrestre crafts mesmerizing melodic and rhythmic textures drawn from poetry from Saint-John Perse’s Oiseaux (Birds). The program also includes Respighi’s The Birds, in which the cherished Italian composer experiments with musical representations of bird song.
Claire will perform excerpts from Marcos Balter's "Pan."
National Sawdust becomes a gallery of living art. Sculptures, installations and paintings break from their conventional roles as decorative objects to sing and dance us into a cabaret atmosphere. Images of food hang on the walls – wait…no, it’s real food – stuck to the walls with bamboo skewers! Wine and water – in appropriate vessels – are dispersed throughout as well (not just as still-lifes) accompanied by little collection baskets (to inveigle beneficence), as some of the city’s most talented performers inhabit and animate the little worlds we make when we make art.
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MacArthur Fellow and Flutist Claire Chase makes her SPCO debut in a concert highlighting themes of movement, displacement and migration. Lauded for her “rare combination of grace and guts” (Wall Street Journal), Chase leads a performance of Sciarrino’s Cutting the Circle of Sounds, an immersive composition written for four flute soloists and 100 migrating flutists of all ages and abilities. Sciarrino’s masterpiece will be accompanied by a new work by Brazilian composer Marcos Balter, known for his ability to “create vivid emotional contexts,” (The Washington Post) through his “whimsical” and “surreal” (New York Times) compositions.
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For the past year, Claire has been working with the Swiss artist Julie Beauvais on a durational version of Salvatore Sciarrino's virtuoso transcription of the Toccata and Fugue in d minor. In this performance, which spans five hours, the concert is turned back into a ritual. Formal, sequenced, repetitive, it offers the audience a collective experience and links the world of the sensitive with the world of the intelligible. Light diffused into the space underlines the music, the two performing bodies, and the tensions at play. The audience members pass or stay for a while, move, circling the performers freely. A work originally intended for the massive forces of the organ, an instrument of tens of thousands of pipes, is re-imagined here for a single pipe.
Arts residency in Mt. Tremper, New York with ICE, Ashley Fure and the director Jim Findlay to workshop a new multidisciplinary work.
Tickets Available Here! – 2 Performances (December 1st & 2nd)
"Judging by the second annual program, unveiled on Thursday at the Kitchen, these events won't be your grandmother's flute recitals..." - The New York Times on last year's Density cycle.
The flutist, new-music pioneer, and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase, described by The New Yorker as “the young star of the modern flute,” returns to The Kitchen for Density 2036: part iv (2016), the most recent iteration of her ambitious 23-year project. This year’s lineup, featuring world premieres by Vijay Iyer, Pauchi Sasaki, Tyshawn Sorey, Suzanne Farrin, and Richard Beaudoin, investigates the flute in dialogue with other forces: ondes martenot, drum set, small choir (with settings of new poems by Paul Griffiths), electronics, and an interactive dress constructed of pipes and speakers. Even Varèse’s 1936 solo masterpiece, Density 21.5, is presented this year in a duo version created with the Swiss artist Julie Beauvais.
Directed by the Berlin-based Lydia Steier, with live sound by Levy Lorenzo and lighting design by Nick Houfek, and featuring Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Suzanne Farrin, ondes martenot; and the Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth.
Claire will be holding residency/workshops with Lydia Steier, stage director for Density 2016
Further info here!
Claire joins a stellar creative team including the director Doug Fitch, the composer Matti Kovler, and the singers Ariadne Greif, Sophie Delphis, and Matthew Shifrin, for this 15-minute parody of Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle. ‘The Drumf and the Rhinegold’ tells the story of the Rhinemaidens’ return to the human realm for one last fight against an evil overlord. All proceeds donated to MoveOn.Org!
Event information: http://www.indiana.edu/~nme/
Photo Credit: ©Armen Elliott 2016
Claire and the Swiss artist Julie Beauvais are in residence at Mount Tremper Arts to develop "Toccata e Fuga," a new durational work based on Sciarrino's transcription of Bach's Toccata and Fugue - improbably re-imagined here for solo flute - that will be presented at a retrospective of Beauvais' work in Geneva in January 2017.
This intimate depiction of legendary singer Josephine Baker features new music by brilliant multi-instrumentalist and composer Tyshawn Sorey. The Naumburg Award–winning soprano Julia Bullock, long associated with Baker’s music, guides the narrative. The New York Times calls the piece “one of the most important works of art yet to emerge from the era of Black Lives Matter."
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents a program of concerto premieres by its favorite composer collaborators, executed under the baton of the “astonishing” up-and-coming conductor Karina Canellakis (Los Angeles Times). With origins in Japan, Brazil, China, and San Francisco, the composers pen chamber works tailor-made to highlight longstanding ICE soloists in this innovative collaboration between new musicians, new composers, and new music.
Dai Fujikura: Cello Concerto (World premiere)
Anthony Cheung: Viola Concerto (U.S. premiere)
Marcos Balter: Violin Concerto (World premiere)
Wang Lu: Chamber Concerto (U.S. premiere)
Dai Fujikura: Flute Concerto (U.S. premiere)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Karina Canellakis, conductor (Mostly Mozart debut)
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Maiya Papach, viola
David Bowlin, violin
Claire Chase, flute
Seven of the world's foremost composers are composing fifteen-minute musical responses to Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri, an iconic sacred work of the German Baroque consisting of seven cantatas. The Crossing will perform the new works in repertory with Buxtehude's 17th-century work with Robert Mealy's Quicksilver Baroque the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Seven Responses will challenge artists and audiences alike to explore our relative distance from, or closeness to, music across centuries, cultures, and continents. The project will be presented over two concerts on the same day, alternating between old and new works throughout each evening. Each composer has been invited to collaborate with an author of their choice, or to create their own libretto - those will include the words of Icelandic poet Guðrún Eva Mínervudóttir, American poet Paul Kane, the words of St. Clare of Assisi, and Danish poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen.
The Crossing's commissions have increasingly addressed issues related to the environment, to equality, and to the individual's place in the community. Human suffering is often a theme in contemporary secular works, similar in character to sacred works of the past. Membra Jesu Nostri (1680) addresses the suffering of Christ; this will serve as a starting point for the secular cantata each composer of Seven Responses will write.
The composers for the project have been chosen for their diverse styles and common interest in works with political or social themes; they come from Denmark, Latvia, Germany, Iceland and the USA and include two Pulitzer Prize winners.
Dietrich Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri & Seven Responses to Buxtehude: seven 15-minute works by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, David T. Little, Santa Ratniece, Caroline Shaw, Lewis Spratlan, Hans Thomalla, and Anna Thorvaldsdóttir