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Density 2036

Part of SoundState

Visionary and virtuosic flute player Claire Chase performs new music, part of a 22-year project building a radical body of work for her instrument.

Density 2036 challenges today’s most creative artists to write new and exciting work for Chase to perform. The project takes its name from Edgar Varèse’s path-breaking Density 21.5, and culminates in a 24-hour marathon in 2036 – the centenary of the premiere of Varèse’s composition.

This is the first time these new works have been heard in London.

Density 21.5 itself opens the programme, distilling Varèse’s futuristic vision of sound into four minutes of unaccompanied flute.

With Lila, Dai Fujikura looks at his flute concerto from the soloist’s perspective, giving every microtonal inflection and overblown harmonic its own space to breathe.

Suzanne Farrin’s haunting A Stimulus of Loss sees Chase’s instrument repeatedly disappear into the swooping sounds of a pre-recorded ondes-martenot. While Mario Diaz de Léon (a former metal guitarist) sets the performer and electronics in extreme opposition, as dizzying digital melodies meet seething sonic ambience in Luceform.

Du Yun – a SoundState featured artist – closes the first half with an empty garlic, a sonic adventure into the expressive potential of the bass flute accompanied by bursts of electronics and organ.

Marcos Balter’s Pan follows Chase and a crowd of participants as they move through mythic spaces and sonic territories around a ritualised and digitised flute, the chosen instrument of the ancient demigod.

a virtuoso of amazing dexterity and sensitivity
extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality


Claire Chase flutes


Varèse: Density 21.5 for solo flute
Dai Fujikura: Lila for flutes
Suzanne Farrin: The stimulus of loss for flute & ondes martenot
Mario Diaz de Léon: Luciform for flute & electronics
Du Yun: An empty garlic for bass flute & electronics
Marcos Balter: Suite from Pan

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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