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Music Series Features MacArthur Fellow Chase

Music Series Features MacArthur Fellow Chase

: Claire Chase. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

Music Series Features MacArthur Fellow Chase

: Claire Chase, "Density" album cover . Photo by David Michalek.

: Claire Chase at The Kitchen, NYC. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

Music Series Features MacArthur Fellow Chase

: Claire Chase. Photo by Stephanie Berger.

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Claire Chase, who the New Yorker calls “the young star of the modern flute,” brings her virtuoso playing to the PONCHO.

As a musician, your press doesn’t get any better than this: “extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality,” writes the New York Times; “astounding … fearsomely adept,” counters Time Out Chicago; “a virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity,” pours on the Chicago Tribune. Who is the musician inspiring incandescent prose of this heat? It’s flute virtuoso and MacArthur fellow Claire Chase. The Brooklyn-based artist will be performing Thursday, April 17, at the PONCHO Concert Hall as part of the Cornish Music Series. While at Cornish, Chase will also be doing a workshop at Kerry Hall with students of the flute.

In the Cornish Music Series performance, Chase will be performing in entirety her new album Density on New Focus Recordings in collaboration with the sound designer Levy Lorenzo. Included are compositions by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Marcos Balter, Philip Glass, Mario Diaz de Leon, and Edgard Varese.

Claire Chase, a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, is a soloist, collaborative artist, entrepreneur, and activist for new music. Over the past decade she has given world premieres of over 100 new works for flute. Chase has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia; released three critically acclaimed solo albums, Aliento (2010) and Terrestre (2012) and Density (2013).

As if the spectacular prosecution of her own career were not enough, Chase has been at the forefront of advancing music as a whole. She co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001 and serves as the organization’s Artistic Director and CEO in addition to playing over 50 concerts a year as an ensemble member. In 2013, Chase founded The Pnea Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the flute and its repertoire in the 21st century through commissions, community engagement, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations, and advocacy.

Claire Chase, April 17, 8:00 p.m. at PONCHO Concert Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle. Presented by the Cornish Music Series. Ticket Information.


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