Special Events 2016

Claire Chase in Concert

Selections from Density 2036: parts i, ii and iii (2013-2015)
7.30pm Wed 29 June
PICA Performance Space
$25 $15 PICA pica.org.au

Presented by Tura and PICA

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, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organisations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. clairechase.net

“a rare combination of grace and guts” Wall Street Journal

“spectacular” The New Yorker

Density 2036 is a 22-year project begun by Claire Chase in 2014 to commission an entirely new body of repertory for solo flute each year until the 100th Anniversary of Edgard  Varèse groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. each season between 2014-2036.

Additionally, each cycle of works (Density 2014, Density 2015, Density 2020, etc) will be released in their world premiere recordings annually, and scores, performance notes and materials be made available digitally as educational resources for flutists everywhere.

Every three years of the cycle (Density 2016, Density 2019, etc) 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.

The Perth Concert is Part ii of the the series

Selections from Density 2036: parts i, ii and iii (2013-2015)

Felipe Lara (b. 1979): Meditation and Calligraphy (2014), for solo bass flute

Felipe Lara: Parábolas na Caverna (2014), for solo amplified flute

Mario Diaz de Leon (b. 1980): Luciform (2013), for flute and electronics

Jason Eckardt (b. 1971): The Silenced (2015), a monodrama for solo flutist

Du Yun (b. 1977): An Empty Garlic (2014), for bass flute and electronics

Edgard Varèse (1883-1965): Density 21.5 (1936), for flute alone


Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001, described as the United States “foremost new-music ensemble” (The New Yorker), where she currently serves as the co-artistic director in addition to playing over fifty concerts a year as an ensemble member

“extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality” The New York Times

“Look out, world. Here comes a monster.” American Record Guide