Gig Alert: Claire Chase

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Claire Chase
"Terrestre: I. L'oiseau Dansant"
Playing at Le Poisson Rouge
(158 Bleecker St., Greenwich Village)
Get: Tickets ($10) | Directions

Brooklyn-based flutist Claire Chase has made a name for herself in New York’s classical music world through her arts entrepreneurship and, of course, virtuosic playing of traditional, contemporary, and experimental music.

The San Diego native has given recitals at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and played many other distinguished national and international venues as a soloist and collaborative artist. 

Since founding the International Contemporary Ensemble, a 33-piece outfit dedicated showcasing the works of emerging composers, in 2001, Chase has become especially well-known for her new-music advocacy. Her 2009 debut solo recording, Aliento, featured six world-premiere compositions. 

With forthcoming follow-up Terrestre, a collection of works by Pierre Boulez, Franco Donatoni, Dai Fujikura, and Kaija Saariaho, Chase shifts her focus to more established artists and classical pieces of the past century. 

Download the fanciful first movement of the album's titular track, “Terrestre: I. L’oiseau dansant," above and in the video below, watch the International Contemporary Ensemble perform the work by Saariaho. 

Claire Chase, along with the International Contemporary Ensemble, performs at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night.