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Clare Chase - Contemporary Performance - PAN

Date: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 Venue: ATRL, TCD Time: 7 pm Free admission with TCD ID

Flutist Claire Chase offers an interactive event that brings together contemporary performance and TCD community participation. Chase’s presentation centers on her recent collaborative work Pan (2017-2019) for solo flute, live electronics and an ensemble and chorus made up entirely of TCD community members. Pan was composed by Marcos Balter, directed by Douglas Fitch, and was conceived in partnership with the Chicago-based social justice organization Project&, and has been described by the New York Times as “a genre-defying work” and by the New Yorker as “arts as grassroots action.” Further details on the work here:

For this event at TCD’s Arts Research and Technology Lab (ATRL), Chase offers an introduction to the process of creating Pan and a performance of a solo + electronics version of the work. This will be followed by a discussion with the audience, and will open up into a workshop performance in which Chase will be joined on stage by members of the audience to play a small orchestra of instruments – tuned wine glasses and bottles, hand-held percussion, music-boxes and small electronic instruments – all of which are designed for anyone of any ability to play. This is an unique opportunity for the community at Trinity to perform and interact with one of the world’s most renowned performers of Contemporary Music.

Claire Chase, described by The New York Times as “the most important flutist of our time,” 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 internationally by building organizations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. Chase founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was the first flutist to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. She is in the midst of a 23-year initiative called Density 2036 to commission an entirely new body of repertoire for solo flute leading up to the centennial of Edgard Varese’s seminal 1936 flute solo “Density 21.5.” Chase is Professor of the Practice of Music at Harvard University, where she teaches classes on ensemble building, cultural activism and collaboration across disciplines, and is a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School. She lives in Brooklyn.

Presented by Music & Media Technologies, TCD

Supported by TCD’s Visual and Performing Arts Fund

Clare Chase Performance at ATRL