Flutist Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, arts entrepreneur and cultural activist. She brings a unique two-part program to her UCLA debut. Chase’s performances, often staged in galleries, warehouses and other non-traditional spaces, seamlessly weave together works from the Renaissance era to the present day, illuminating unusual connections and counterpoint between traditionally disparate eras, styles and aesthetics.
The program begins with Salvatore Sciarrino’s immersive 70-minute Cerchio Tagliato dei Suoni (Cutting the Circle of Sounds) for four flute soloists and a mass of flute “migranti.” This work of aural theater by the avant-garde Italian composer and visual artist encourages the audience to re-think the space and concert experience. Sciarrino’s piece envelops the audience in an abstract blanket of often barely audible sounds, which are then disrupted by processions of migrating flutists, effectively “cutting the circle of sounds.”
Performing with Claire and the flute migranti are three featured artists: Michael Matsuno, Erin McKibben and Chistine Tavolacci.
Often performed in museum spaces, for UCLA Chase transports this unique experience to the campus environs surrounding Schoenberg Hall with the help of a large group of local flutists of all ages and abilities. Her solo performance follows, and features selections from Chase’s latest album Density, an ambitious and varied collection of repertoire that culminates in the notorious flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varèse, a work which Chase says “unleashes the spirit of the flute.”
Supported in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Colburn Foundation.