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The flutist, new-music pioneer, and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase, described by The New Yorker as “the young star of the modern flute,” returns to The Kitchen for Density 2036: part iv (2016), the most recent iteration of her ambitious 23-year project. This year’s lineup, featuring world premieres by Vijay Iyer, Pauchi Sasaki, Tyshawn Sorey, Suzanne Farrin, and Richard Beaudoin, investigates the flute in dialogue with other forces: ondes martenot, drum set, small choir (with settings of new poems by Paul Griffiths), electronics, and an interactive dress constructed of pipes and speakers. Even Varèse’s 1936 solo masterpiece, Density 21.5, is presented this year in a duo version created with the Swiss artist Julie Beauvais.
Directed by the Berlin-based Lydia Steier, with live sound by Levy Lorenzo and lighting design by Nick Houfek, and featuring Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Suzanne Farrin, ondes martenot; and the Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth.
December 1–2, 8pm
Ticket holders are welcome to join us at 7pm for the following pre-show discussions:
December 1: Steve Smith in discussion with the composers Pauchi Sasaki, Tyshawn Sorey, Suzanne Farrin, and Richard Beaudoin as well as artist Julie Beauvais.
December 2: Steve Smith in discussion with Claire Chase and Lydia Steier, the Berlin-based director who is doing the mise-en-scène and conceptual direction for part iv. Steier's production of Stockhausen’s Donnerstag aus Licht this fall at Theater Basel was named Production of the Year by Opernwelt magazine.
Claire Chase: density 2036: part iv is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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