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Banff: Claire Chase and Steven Schick, with special guests Tyshawn Sorey and Levy Lorenzo

  • Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, AB, T1L Canada (map)


Claire Chase and Steven Schick, with special guests Tyshawn Sorey and Levy Lorenzo

Getting started with a bang is the EVO way! From the sheer electricity of our special guest Tyshawn Sorey on stage with Claire Chase in their raucous duo Bertha’s Lair, to the inward gaze of Phyllis Chen’s haunting Roots of Interior - a duet for flutist and her heartbeat - this program explores the outer edges of the newest music.

An Empty Garlic by Du Yun - who is a founding member of ICE and the first Asian-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music - explores new timbral spaces and blends new sounds for the bass flute with provocative narrativity.  Steven Schick contributes Here and There by the experimentalist Roger Reynolds, his new setting of texts by Samuel Beckett for speaking solo percussionist. We finish together with our favorite composer Pauline Oliveros, who has been with us at every EVO concert over the past three summers, in spirit. This is an outward-bound program that patrols the hidden spaces of sound and psyche!

Marcos Balter (b. 1974) Soliloquy (2018)
Claire Chase, flute               

Du Yun (b. 1977) An Empty Garlic (2014)
Claire Chase, bass flute           

Phyllis Chen (b. 1979)                         Roots of Interior (2019)
for flute and heartbeat (10 mins)
Claire Chase, flute

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)                    Bertha’s Lair (2016, rev. 2019)
for flutes and percussion
Claire Chase, flutes; Tyshawn Sorey, percussion


Roger Reynolds (b.1934)                    Here and There (2019)
Steven Schick

Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)        Old Sound New Sound Borrowed Sound Blue (1994)
Steven Schick, Claire Chase