Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works for the flute in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world by building organisations, forming alliances, pioneering commissioning initiatives and supporting educational programs that reach new audiences.

In ‘Creative Play’, a four part Sounds Unheard masterclass series for secondary school musicians, Claire explores a world of sound possibilities for the flute by looking at works from Pauline Oliveros, Edgard Varèse and younger composers of the 21st century.

In this first episode, ‘Density 21.5 – An Introduction’, Claire discusses her life-changing experience of hearing Varèse’s masterpiece for the flute for the first time as a student. In this masterclass we look at techniques that can turn the flute into an expressive drum, how our approach to silences in music can transform a performance, and how ‘extended techniques’ can expand our musical vocabulary.

Join us on Thursday for episode two of Claire’s ‘Creative Play’ masterclass series. For more on Claire, visit


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