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 Claire’s third episode, ‘Improvisation’, we look at two works from her Density 2036 project that invite the performer to create their own musical stories. Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘Bertha’s Lair’ explores a range of percussive techniques in a partially-improvised duo for the unusual combination of contrabass flute and drum kit. In ‘Five Empty Chambers’, composer Vijay Iyer layers Claire’s recordings of five different flutes (contrabass flute, alto flute, flute, piccolo, and ocarina) to showcase the remarkable percussive possibilities of the flute family.

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


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