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.
PerformersClaire Chase flutes
RepertoireVarèse: Density 21.5 for solo flute