Density, the new album by flutist, new music activist and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase takes the seminal flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varèse as an endpoint and works backwards through an exploration of the concept of “density” as a springboard for sonic explorations of texture, layering and performative virtuosity. Booklet texts are by Laura Mullen and photography is by David Michalek. Both the Balter and Diaz de León are written for Chase and are heard here in their world premiere recordings. From Steve Reich's Vermont Counterpoint, for eleven flutes, through to the Varèse, Density posits a lineage in the modern minimalist flute repertoire that is taut and focused, offering a muscular alternative to conventional narratives.
Chase, now 35, recorded Density 21.5 on a platinum Powell flute owned by Doriot Anthony Dwyer (a descendent of Susan B. Anthony), the first female flutist to become principal of a major US orchestra. Density is Chase’s third solo album and completes a trilogy of recordings, with Aliento (2009) and Terrestre (2012), dedicated to the documentation of 20th century flute repertory. In performance, Chase plays the disc as a 70-minute continuous solo in collaboration with the art director David Michalek and the sound engineer Levy Lorenzo, using sound, space and her unique perspective on the instrument to explore flute performance in an entirely new way.
Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, organizer and activist for new music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute. Described as a “the young star of the modern flute” by The New Yorker and a “virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity” by the Chicago Tribune, Chase has performed as a soloist throughout the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia, released two critically acclaimed solo albums, Aliento (2010) and Terrestre (2012), and will release her third, Density, featuring works by Varese, Glass, Lucier, Reich, Balter and Diaz de Leon, in October 2013 on New Focus Recordings. Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in 2001 and serves as the organization’s Artistic Director and CEO in addition to playing over fifty concerts a year as an ensemble member. She lives in Brooklyn.
Producer: Ryan Streber
Session Producer, Digital Editing, Mixing, Post-Production: Ryan Streber
Lady Of The Liner Notes / Homage To Octavio Paz: Laura Mullen (lauramullen.biz)
Cover Photo: David Michalek (davidmichalek.net)
Art Direction And Design: Zoe Roman (zoeroman.com)
All Tracks Recorded And Mastered At Oktaven Audio, Yonkers, NY. Oktavenaudio.com
Special Thanks To Daniel Lippel, Jacob Greenberg, Anne Pollock, Laura Mullen, Rebekah Heller, And Green Chair Productions, Inc.
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|1||Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint||9:36||$1.99|
|2||Marcos Balter: Pessoa||9:10||$1.99|
|3||Alvin Lucier: Almost New York||24:19||$2.99|
|4||Phillip Glass: Piece in the Shape of a Square||12:46||$1.99|
|5||Mario Diaz de Leon: Luciform||13:29||$1.99|
|6||Edgard Varese: Density 21.5||4:14||$0.99|
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