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    Liza Lim's Sex Magic

    Sat 2 Apr, 8pm
    Part of SoundState
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    past event
    past event
    Flute player Claire Chase
    Ross Karre Documentation Services

    ‘It’s impossible to describe the music of Liza Lim. It is, literally, like nothing you have ever heard before, which is why it is so fascinating’

    Sydney Morning Herald

    Flautist extraordinaire Claire Chase performs Sex Magic, described by its composer, Liza Lim, as ‘a work about the sacred erotic in women’s history’.

    It was commissioned by legend of the contemporary flute Chase, and its first hearing took place in New York during the pandemic in 2020, via livestream.

    Written for the unique combination of contrabass flute, electronics and installed kinetic instruments, it is given in the round for maximum immersion.

    The piece is part of Chase’s 24-year project Density 2036.

    Beginning in 2013, she set out to create an entirely new repertoire for solo flute, commissioning a new piece every year until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse’s 1936 solo Density 21.5.

    • Claire Chase flute
    • Levy Lorenzo electronics, sound design
    • Senem Pirler live electronics
    • Nick Houfek lighting design, production design
    • Liza Lim: Sex Magic for contrabass flute with live electronics & installation of kinetic instruments (European premiere)

    Need to know

    This performance has unallocated seating.

    Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, 7pm: Hear composer Liza Lim introduce and explain her piece Sex Magic before it’s performed. Admission free.

    Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, 9.15pm: Artists’ Bar. After a packed day of performances, join us for discussions, music and behind-the-scenes insight from composer Liza Lim and flautist Claire Chase.

    The 5pm performance of this event has been cancelled. The 8pm performance is continuing as normal.

    Dates & times

    Sat 2 Apr, 8pm
    Approximate run time: 90 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


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