October 9th (wednesday)
CLAIRE CHASE, flute and electronics
performs works for flute and electronics by Reich, Lucier, Varese, and more
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
Flutist Claire Chase, "the young star of the modern flute" (The New Yorker) and a 2012 MacArthur Fellow, celebrates the release of her third solo album, DENSITY, featuring tour de force flute works by Steve Reich, Alvin Lucier, Philip Glass, Marcos Balter, Mario Diaz de Leon, and the seminal 1936 flute solo Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese. Taking the concept of "density" as a springboard for sonic explorations of texture, layering and performative virtuosity, the record commences with 11 multi-tracked flutes and gradually whittles down to just one. Chase offers the entire disc as a 75-minute continuous solo performance in collaboration with the sound designer Levy Lorenzo. DENSITY follows Chase's critically other acclaimed solo albums, Aliento (2009) and Terrestre (2012), and completes a three-part trilogy of records dedicated to the expansion and documentation of 20th and 21st century flute repertory.
Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint (10 min) - 10 flutes
Alvin Lucier: Almost New York (23 min) - 4 flutes
Marcos Balter: NEW PIECE (5 min) - 3 flutes
Philip Glass: Piece in the Shape of a Square (13 min) - 2 flutes
Mario Diaz de Leon: Luciform (14 min) - 1 flute and electronics
Edgard Varese: Density 21.5 (4 min) - 1 flute
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.