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.”