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Aliento / Claire Chase

Davis / Eckard / Guzman / Chase
Release Date: 02/09/2010 
Label:  New Focus   Catalog #: 109   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nathan DavisJason EckardtDai FujikuraEdgar Guzmán,   ... 
Performer:  Nathan DavisClaire ChaseWendy RichmanKivie Cahn-Lipman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Everything about it is commendable, from the playing to the beautiful packaging. If you are going to make a splash with a debut, this is the way to do it... Claire Chase is clearly interested in pushing the boundaries of what is means to be a "virtuoso" flutist. It is a noble and daring path, and she deserves the highest praise. Flutists and non-flutists alike should find this stunning." -- American Record Guide

"International Contemporary Ensemble flutist Claire Chase took her instrument on a brave, animated adventure with Aliento." Listed Among "Best of 2009." -- Time Out Chicago.

"ICE Cofounder Claire Chase Steps Out With Debut Solo Recording Is it just me, or is
Read more the killer new-music group and Chicago-New York presenting force International Contemporary Ensemble responsible for an inordinately large proportion of the exciting new music shows that happen in the city? I've always been ambiguous about the flute. But Chase is doing for classical music what Nicole Mitchell has done for jazz in my mind - making me realize that in the right hands (and I guess with the right lips) the flute can kill it. The entire album is a knockout. I'm not exaggerating when I say I was reeling a little when I finished listening to it for the first time; this is a pretty heavy-duty program." -- Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Flutist Claire Chase, director of the International Contemporary Ensemble and recent winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, releases her debut solo recording with Aliento, a collection of premiere recordings of pieces written for her as well as works that she worked on extensively with the composers. The program pushes the limits of the believable on the flute, positing a whole new language through extended techniques, combinations with vocalizing, and sheer gravity defying virtuosity. Featuring members of Chase’s ensemble, ICE, Aliento is a bracing recording of music by some of the most exciting avant garde composers on the scene today.
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Works on This Recording

1. pneApnea, for alto flute and live processing by Nathan Davis
Performer:  Nathan Davis (Electronics), Claire Chase ()
Written: 2007 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2. 16, for amplified flute and string trio by Jason Eckardt
Performer:  Wendy Richman (Viola), Kivie Cahn-Lipman (Cello), Jennifer Curtis (Violin)
Written: 2003 
Length: 12 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3. Poison Mushroom, for flute & electronics by Dai Fujikura
Performer:  Claire Chase (Flute), Dai Fujikura (Electronics)
Written: 2003 
Length: 9 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4. Prometeo & Epimeteo, for flute and electronics by Edgar Guzmán
Performer:  Edgar Guzmán (Electronics), Claire Chase (Flute)
Written: 2004 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5. Aliento/Arrugas, for solo flute by Marcelo Toledo
Performer:  Claire Chase (Flute)
Written: 1998 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6. Run in a Graveyard, for bass flute & electronics by Du Yun
Performer:  Claire Chase (), Du Yun (Electronics)
Written: 2009 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 

Sound Samples

pneApnea
16
Poison Mushroom
Prometeo and Epimeteo
Aliento/Arrugas (Breath/Furrows)
Run in a Graveyard

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