Dai Fujikura (b. 1977) is a Japanese-born composer living in the UK. His list of mentors includes such contemporary classical music giants as Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin, and Péter Eötvös. Though he was born in Osaka, his music lacks a distinctly-Japanese aesthetic— rather, his works represent a convergence of international influences.
Fujikura composed Glacier (2010) for solo bass flute with close friend and collaborator Claire Chase in mind. Chase released the world premiere recording of the work on her second solo album album Terrestre (2012); regarding her decision to include the work on the album, she remarked:
I wanted to include this piece that Dai wrote for me last year, the newest work in my repertoire and certainly the most personal work on the album, as an epilogue of sorts. It follows [the Boulez] Sonatine – the oldest and most ‘canonized’ work on the record. I’m very intrigued by the dialogue here. Boulez has mentored Dai, and they have a very close bond artistically, even though their languages and their musical personalities are so wonderfully different. As are the centuries in which they are situated.
The composer provides the following notes on the piece:
This passage was originally taken from the last section of my ensemble work called “ICE.” It was then developed into a stand-alone solo piece.
In my imagination this piece is like a plume of cold air which is floating silently between the peaks of a very icy cold landscape, slowly but cutting like a knife…