Claire Chase

Balter: Strohbass Program Notes

Marcos Balter (b. 1974) is a Brazilian-born composer based in Chicago whose energy and experimental creativity permeate his compositional output. His early exposure to the works of Berio, Reich, and Ligeti and his curiosity about music notation have undoubtedly shaped the textural aesthetic of his works, and living amidst the thriving Chicago new music scene has afforded him access to some of the greatest contemporary performers of our generation.

Strohbass for bass flute and baritone saxophone was premiered on June 13, 2011 at the Music Institute of Chicago by Shanna Gutierrez and Ryan Muncy and has subsequently been recorded  by Claire Chase and Ryan Muncy on his 2013 album Hot. Steve Smith of The New York Times describes the work as “… purring, popping and fluttering in an eerie pas de deux.”



Fujikura: Glacier Program Notes

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: