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Chase, Claire: Density 2036 [4 CDs] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Part of flutist Claire Chase's project to commission a modern body of work for the instrument, this 4-CD set features 17 works by 15 composers, including the multi-part album-long composition "Pan" by Brazilian-born Marcos Balter, with works for the entire flute family from piccolo to contrabass flute; participants include Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Pauline Oliveros, &c.

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Label: Corbett vs. Dempsey
Catalog ID: CvsDCD076
Squidco Product Code: 30059

Format: 4 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Two double-CDs, cover art by German artist Jorinde Voigt (with whom Chase has collaborated) and liner note essays by Suzannah Clark, John Corbett, Jennifer Judge, and Steven Schick.


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"Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, educator, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of more than a thousand new works in performances on six continents, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building community organizations, forming intersectional alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences. She was the first flutist to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012, and in 2017 was the first flutist to be awarded the Avery Fisher Prize from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Chase holds Honorary Doctorates from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Cleveland Institute of Music.

In 2013 Chase launched Density 2036, a 24-year commissioning project to create an entirely new body of repertory for flute between 2013 and 2036, the centenary of Edgard Varèse's groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5. Each season as part of the project, Chase premieres a new program of commissioned music, with seven hours of new repertory created to date. In 2036, she will play a 24-hour marathon of all of the repertory created in the project. Chase will release world premiere recordings the first five years of the Density cycle in collaboration with the producer Matias Tarnopolsky at Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley, CA in December 2020.

A deeply committed educator, Chase is Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music at Harvard University. From 2016-2019, she served as co-artistic director, with her longtime collaborator Steven Schick, of Ensemble Evolution, a three-week intensive workshop for emerging musicians at Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity in Canada. From 2014-2018, Chase was a Fellow at Project&, a Chicago-based social justice organization founded by Jane M. Saks. Chase collaborated with Project&, the composer Marcos Balter and the director Douglas Fitch on the creation of "Pan," an opera for solo flute and an all-ages ensemble of community members, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called "art as grassroots action."

Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, described as the United States' "foremost new-music ensemble" (The New Yorker), and served as its artistic director until 2017 and as an ensemble member on performance and education projects on five continents. The Ensemble has premiered more than 800 works since its inception and has spearheaded an artist-driven organizational model that earned the ensemble the Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center in 2010 and the Ensemble of the Year Award in 2014 from Musical America Worldwide. The ensemble can be heard in dozens of recordings on the Tzadik, Mode, Naxos, Bridge, New Amsterdam, New Focus, Samadhi Sound and Nonesuch labels, as well as on its own online, streaming video library of live performances, DigitiCE.

Upcoming projects in the 2020-21 season include the world premiere of a new duo concerto by Felipe Lara for Chase and Esperanza Spalding, to be premiered by the Helsinki and Los Angeles Philharmonics and conducted by Susanna Mälkki; the release of Density 2036 (2013-2018) world premiere recordings; a collaboration with the Swiss director Julie Beauvais and the Ecuadorian anthropologist Eduardo Kohn on Pauline Oliveros' "The Witness"; and the world premiere of an evening-length work by Liza Lim called "Sex Magic" for contrabass flute and kinetic percussion.

Chase grew up in Leucadia, CA with the childhood dream of becoming a professional baseball player before she discovered the flute. She received her B.M. from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in the studio of Michel Debost. She lives in Brooklyn."

-Claire Chase Website (

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track listing:

CD 1 (Parts I & II):

1. Marcos Balter: Pessoa (2013) for six bass flutes 09:12

2. Mario Diaz de Leon: Luciform (2013) for flute and electronics 13:22

3. Felipe Lara: Meditation and Calligraphy (2014) for bass flute 03:05

4. Felipe Lara: Parabolas na Caverna (2014) for solo flute 10:28

5. George Lewis: Emergent (2014) for flute and electronics 11:58

6. Du Yun: An Empty Garlic (2013) for bass flute and electronics 14:25

7. Edgard Varèse: Density 21.5 (1936) 04:07

CD 2 (Part III):

1. Dai Fujikura: Lila for flute, bass flute and contrabass flute (2015) 08:58

2. Francesca Verunelli: The Famous Box-Trick (2015) for bass flute and electronics 10:43

3. Nathan Davis: Limn (2015) for bass/contrabass flute and electronics 09:50

4. Jason Eckardt: The Silenced (2015), a monodrama for solo flute 14:15

5. Pauline Oliveros: Intensity 20.15, Grace Chase (2015) for speaking flutist and Expanded Instrument System 21:30

CD 3 (Part IV):

1. Suzanne Farrin: The Stimulus of Loss (2016) for flutes and ondes Martenot 08:32

2. Tyshawn Sorey: Bertha's Lair (2016) for flute and percussion 11:19

3. Vijay Iyer: Five Empty Chambers (2016) for five flutes 07:07

4. Pauchi Sasaki: Gama XV (2016) for two speaker dresses 10:02

5. Richard Beaudoin: Another Woman of Another Kind (2016) for flute and eight voices 21:18

CD 4 (Part V):

1. Marcos Balter: Pan, Death of Pan (2017-18) 04:19

2. Marcos Balter: Pan, Processional (2017-18) 02:13

3. Marcos Balter: Pan, Pan's Flute (2017-18) 14:13

4. Marcos Balter: Pan, Harmony of the Spheres (2017-18) 08:32

5. Marcos Balter: Pan, Echo (2019) 04:30

6. Marcos Balter: Pan, Serenade (2017-18) 03:09

7. Marcos Balter: Pan, Fray (2017-18) 05:20

8. Marcos Balter: Pan, Soliloquy (2017-18) 05:03
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"In 2013, Claire Chase instigated a project designed to cultivate an entirely new body of work for flute. A MacArthur Fellow, Harvard professor, and indomitable musical force who co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble, Chase began commissioning work, with the idea of doing so until the centennial of Edgard Varése's seminal flute solo "Density 21.5," in 2036.

This deluxe 4-CD set is the first fruit of these commissions, realized in the first three years of the project, featuring 17 works by 15 composers, including the multi-part album-long composition "Pan" by Brazilian-born Marcos Balter. Composers wrote for all members of Chase's flute family, from piccolo to "Big Bertha" (her contrabass flute), as well as electronics, voice, and a handful of other instruments.

Tyshawn Sorey performed percussion on his contribution and Suzanne Farrin played Ondes Martenot on hers; Roomful of Teeth collaborate with Chase on one piece, and sound designer Levy Lorenzo handles the electronics throughout. Participants come from a wide range of creative contemporary music circles; they include Richard Beaudoin, Nathan Davis, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, Vijay Iyer, Felipe Lara, Mario Diaz de Leon, George Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Pauchi Sasaki, Francesca Verunelli, and Du Yun.

The exquisitely detailed recordings of Density 2036 were made at the Meyer Sound Laboratories in Berkeley and produced by Matias Tarnopolsky over the course of four years, with no overdubbing or corrections, presenting Chase's incredible musicality in all its glory."-Corbett vs. Dempsey

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