Claire Chase in Claire Chase: Density 2036, part viii, December 9–11, 2021. Performance view, The Kitchen. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

Claire Chase

Density 2036, part viii

On View: December 9-December 11, 2021

512 West 19th Street


Various Hours

Celebrated flutist Claire Chase returns to The Kitchen to perform the world premieres of new compositions by composers Ann Cleare, Matana Roberts, and Wang Lu, commissioned by Chase as part of her twenty-four-year Density 2036 project to find radical new musical terrain for the flute and its community in the twenty-first century.

The evening will also feature a reprised excerpt of Liza Lim’s Sex Magic from last year’s Density 2036, part vii, marking the first time the piece will be performed in front of a live audience.

Pre-show discussion on December 9 at 7:30 pm led by Ara Guzelimian with the composers Ann Cleare, Matana Roberts, and Wang Lu. Free for ticket holders!

Content Warning: this event includes strobing lighting effects.

Liza Lim: Throat-Song from Sex Magic, Density 2036: part vii (2019–20)
For solo ocarina and voice

Wang Lu: Aftertouch (2021)
For flute, piccolo, bass flute, contrabass flute, electronics and video
Video by Polly Apfelbaum

Ann Cleare: anfa (2021)
For contrabass flute, bass flute, electronics and video
Video by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain

Matana Roberts: Auricular Hearsay (2021)
For flute, video + optional collaborating performers*
Video by Matana Roberts

Edgard Varèse (1883–1965): Density 21.5 (1936)
For solo flute

Claire Chase, flutes
*Guest performers on Matana Roberts' composition:
Senem Pirler, live electronics (December 9, 10, 11)
Nathan Wooley, trumpet (December 10)
Susie Ibarra, percussion (December 11)

Levy Lorenzo, live sound
Nicholas Houfek, lighting and production design
Monica Duncan, projection design
Kelly Levy, stage manager
Organized by Matthew Lyons, Curator


Claire Chase is a musician, interdisciplinary artist, and educator. Passionately dedicated to the creation of new ecosystems for the music of our time, Chase has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works by a new generation of artists, and in 2013 launched the twenty-four-year commissioning project Density 2036. Now in its eighth year, Density 2036 reimagines the solo flute literature over a quarter-century through commissions, performances, recordings, education, and an accessible archive at Chase co-founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001, was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2012, and in 2017 was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Chase is Professor of the Practice of Music at Harvard University’s Department of Music, a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School, and a Collaborative Partner with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony. She lives in Brooklyn.


Claire Chase: Density 2036, part viii is made possible with commissioning support from NYSCA Restart NY: Rapid Live Performance Grant program; 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 with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. Learn more about the Leadership Fund.

Image: Claire Chase. Photo by Karen Chester. Courtesy of the artist.