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Rugosa Rose (PERFORMANCE SCORE) in .pdf

Woad for Indigo (PERFORMANCE SCORE) in. pdf

February 25, 2022
Licensed performance scores for Rugosa Rose (solo violin) and Woad for Indigo (solo piano) are now available for instant download. Both works are featured on Garden Works. The scores have never been available to the public before, and these downloads come with notes and instructions as well as the studio recordings from Garden Works as reference.

I've been working in a variety of ways to make my scores more accessible to performers while guarding copyright and licensing. Downloading scores invokes a tacit agreement that works will be performed in a licensable, public scenario.

I'm glad to make these early, important works available for study and performance. At the bottom of my BandCamp page you will find other scores available, including Sutram for ensemble, the popular Ouistitis for viola and 'cello, and Zuowang a more recent piano solo. Other works will appear this year as I can make them ready.



Garden Works: Music for soloists

February 11, 2022
Garden Works features two large works from the early 2Ks: Rugosaa Rose, a modular piece for violin and Woad for Indigo for piano. These are beautifully performed studio recordings by violinist Mark Menzies and pianist Trevor Berens are available for the first time.

Rugosa Rose is an unusual, modular piece that can be any length and taken any number of different forms, and so appears twice in variation on this recording.

Woad for Indigo is an acrobatic, 26-minute opus realized in tour-de-force recording by Berens who commissioned it. The Signature Studios recording was supported by the American Compsers Forum, Los Angeles.


Nicholas Chase on Spotify
October 2021
Exclusive on Spotify and iTunes
I have made various works available exclusively on Spotify for streaming and likewise, some of my work appears now in iTunes. Watch this space for more news and updates. Meanwhile, find Spotify my artist page to see what's new and exclusive there.


Meditations Vol. 1
Meditations Vol. 1 — a collection of easy piano pieces

October 1, 2021
Meditations Vol. 1: Music for Anxious Learners contains 7 works for solo piano. These range in difficulty from the very easy to the more challenging, and from very long, to miniature. Many of the pieces feature a no-time-signature format, where you, the performer, can make your own choices about tempo and pacing—meditating as you play.

This is a printed book and available exclusively through my BandCamp page for $25.



Voluptuous: Works for Solo Piano

September 3, 2021
Voluptuous: Works for Solo Piano has been beautifully remixed and remastered. Released in 2014 as a limited edition CD and digital edition, the remastered release appears as a digital-only edition. This version brings out more detail of the original recordings. Performed on two Steinways (Jack Straw Productions in Seattle, and Greg Moore's Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley) my concept for the record was to create my experience hearing these pieces as I played them. The pianos were close-mic'd to capture the intimacy I had with the ivory, wood, and wire during performance.

Additionally, the 2021 Remaster is offered at 24bit, 48kHz sample rate, higher quality than the original release, with more attention to detail and additional spatialization to give a stronger impression of the performance experience. It's an unusually intimate recording, and there are moments in Voluptuous where you can practically hear the sound climbing along the soundboard!

Find it here: nicholaschase.bandcamp.com


Complete Soul Parish Lost Works now on BandCamp
July 23, 2021
Soul Parish Lost Tracks 3: Radio ends the trilogy of recordings I made of pop music I wrote in the 1980s. A labor of love and real-life time-travel, These tracks were realized through revue of notes, recordings, and a strong memory of how I had hoped to make these recordings "back in the day." The 3 releases cover material I didn't have the gear or knowledge to realize in the way you will hear them now. They also reveal where the original "Soul Parish" incarnation started and where it might have gone had I stayed in London, and had I worked with the producers I wanted to.

I recorded as Soul Parish from about 1986 until the late 1990s. The many cassette releases, one internationally acclaimed CD, do not appear here, with the exception of four songs that never got their just-due: Radio, Electric Blue, Better Than This and Play By The Rules.

In addition to the newly realized vintage-sounding recordings, I've uploaded memories and notes about how and why the songs came into being and what influenced me in my production—remembering that these recordings are based on early notes and demos that no one—or perhaps very few—ever heard. Each release includes a string of bonus tracks, demo versions of the finished songs, some with vocals, some just sketches for what would be.




Bhajan
Exclusively from Cold Blue Music
CD and Digital. Read reviews here.
Bhajan, described by one critic as “a pas de deux between violin and electronics,” is in four joined/continuous sections. Influenced by many musics from around the globe, the work tantalizes and bewitches the ear with a breadth of sounds that ebb and flow as if guided by an elusive but inherent sense of logic.

Cold Blue Music now has a BandCamp presence for those who prefer instant, high-quality download and streaming libraries. Bhajan is also available there.



Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice Meditation

Monday, December 21, 2020
5:15PM PST (8:15 EST)
Live Stream YouTube
Please join me in Musical Meditation on the Winter Solstice. The Solstice draws the northern hemisphere into Winter repose. In contemplation of this past year, I will perform Songs of the Thirsty Sword for piano with electronic support, accompanied by video projection. Here is the link to the live event: https://youtu.be/G40nT6duwxo

This live performance will be streamed in high quality audio, but will be very quiet. I recommend wearing headphones or connecting to external speakers to hear the music in its fullness.

I intend for this to be the first of many performances—and premieres—I offer online. I am building my YouTube channel, so please like, subscribe and share this video, or any others that catch your ear, and please donate to support this and future works. www.paypal.me/nfchase.


Pandemic Story
April 9, 2020

Quarantine Space
Eugene Weekly
Music Column

by William Kennedy
"Within a couple of hours after being temporarily furloughed from his job due to the coronavirus, contemporary classical composer Nicholas Chase was talking to his frequent collaborator, Bay Area-based soprano C.A. Jordan. “She said I should post a tarot reading about the current situation,” Chase, a Eugene native, tells me via Facebook Messenger." Read the full article at www.eugeneweekly.com.


POSTPONED
Saturday May 9, 2020

7:30-9:30pm
Sonic Liberation Players: Sound Stories
First Parish of Watertown

35 Church St.
Watertown, MA
The stories SLP presents today are those of myth, of place, and always, of music. Boston composer Marti Epstein's "Liquid, Fragile" is a stunning mixed quartet, placing the role of silence alongside the role of sound in ways that both reinforce the heard music and the heard silence. Duos include Lou Harrison's wonderful piece for flute and percussion, "Ariadne", Lera Auerbach's "Preludes" for violin and piano, and Trevor Berens' "Two Scenes" for piano and percussion. Terry Riley's rarely performed string quartet, "The Ecstasy" will be a high point of this program, as well as Amy Gordon's beautiful song for mixed ensemble, "The Breeze at Dawn", and the premiere of Nicholas Chase's "Tiny Thunder" for piano, four hands.


POSTPONED
7:30PM
Saturday April 4, 2020

Ensemble LudeCanta presents: American Voices 3

Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tickets: $20 General • $15 Students/Seniors

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Soprano C.A. Jordan repeats her original evening of solo soprano performance to Bay Area audiences. The program includes works by Barger, Glass, Cowell and Pratorius Gómez as well as the World Premiere of Once I Was a Tree by Chase. Jordan has made a specialty of solo recitals featuring traditional soprano repertoire as well as a growing portfolio of original commissions. This uniquely expanded recital features solo performances by Jordan's ensemble as well. Once I Was a Tree for soprano, piano and 'cello, was commissioned by Jordan.


POSTPONED
Saturday March 28, 2020

7:30PM
Ensemble LudeCanta presents: American Voices 3

The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation
1750 29th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122
Tickets: $20 General • $15 Students/Seniors

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Soprano C.A. Jordan brings another evening of solo soprano performance to Bay Area audiences. Jordan has made a specialty of solo recitals featuring traditional soprano repertoire as well as a growing portfolio of original commissions. This uniquely expanded recital features solo performances by Jordan's ensemble as well. This evening Jordan will premiere Once I Was a Tree for soprano, piano and 'cello, commissioned by Jordan.


Saturday February 22, 2020
8pm
Sonic Liberation Players: Ecstasy/Enstasy
Real School of Music

25 Lowell St.
Cambridge, MA

SLP continues their fourth season with an evening full of stunning and revelatory music.

Due to injury, the original programming for this concert has been substituted with alternate programming. Terry Riley's string quartet The Ecstasy has been postponed, replaced by Arvo Pärt's Spiegel Im Spiegel and Zuòwàng by Nicholas Chase, both for solo piano. Mary Jane Leach’s “Bach’s Set” (2007) is a likewise transformative piece, for solo cello and 8 tapes cellos, based on Bach’s first cello suite. Bunita Marcus’ meditative and melancholic “Lecture for Jo Kondo” (1985) takes the listener on an inward journey.

Finally, Australian composer Nicole Murphy’s “Parched Paddock” (for voice, percussion, piano; 2016) and D Edward Davis’ “when we try to pick out anything by itself we find it hitched to everything else in the universe” (tape, voice, piccolo; 2013) both beautiful, but starkly, discuss the role of the climate emergency on our avian friends.


Saturday May 6, 2017
8-10pm
Sonic Liberation Players: Maximal Effect 2.0
Third Life Studio

33 Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143
Tickets $12 at door or advance through Brown Paper Tickets.


Sonic Liberation Players take the recital hall once again with their dual-programs Maximal Effect 1.0 and Maximal Effect 2.0. On the program that includes Julius Eastman (Stay On It), Alvin Lucier, Tom Johnson, and Pauline Oliveros, the Bosto-arean collaborative will take on a revision of Chase's Sutram premiered by them last year.


Thursday February 23, 2017
Bhajan : PRISM Series Concert

8pm
Center for New Music
55 Taylor Street
San Francisco CA 94102
$15 General, $10 Members, Students, Seniors (Door only)

Chase and Lorentz are proud and excited to reprise the World Premiere of Bhajan in San Francisco! Curated by violinist/adventurist Julia Ogrydziak, C4NM (Center for New Music) PRISM events are part performance, part dialogue. Audiences experience live new music through the lens of performers, composers, and collaborators as they couple their creations with personal stories of history and process.

For for more information about Bhajan, see February 21, Los Angeles.
Oregon Arts Commission
Nicholas Chase receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon.


Tuesday February 21, 2017
Bhajan : World Premiere
Tuesdays at Monk Space
8pm
Monk Space
4414 West 2nd St.
Los Angeles CA 90004
$20 General, $15 Students & Seniors. Tickets selling now, click here.

Composer-performer Nicholas Chase’s boundary-stretching music has been described as “brawling yet taut” (Los Angeles Times); “crackling, witty” (Albuquerque Journal); “quietly provocative...compelling” (Textura); “brilliant” (The Strad); “powerful...spectacular” (Whittier Press); and “the human brain at its most imaginative” (LA Weekly).

For his Tuesdays @ Monk Space evening Chase will be joined by renowned violinist Robin Lorentz for a performance of his electro-acoustic piece Bhajan, a free-wheeling meditation in four-movements for electric violin and live electronic fields. Bhajan has been described “a pas de deux between violin and electronics.” Both Chase and Lorentz have deep roots in Los Angeles, and this performance—celebrating the release of Bhajan as a new Cold Blue Music CD—will mark a rare return visit for both musicians.

A short interview with both artists is featured on the Tuesdays at Monk Space event page.

Special thanks to Jim Fox at Cold Blue Music.
Oregon Arts Commission
Nicholas Chase receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon.


Tuesday February 21, 2017
Bhajan : Performance preview, Q & A.
Pierce College
Noon-Time Concerts
Woodland Hills, CA

Details To Be Announced.
12pm

For for more information about Bhajan, see February 21, Los Angeles.
Oregon Arts Commission
Nicholas Chase receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon.


Sunday June 26, 2016
7:00 PM
Light, More Light!
First Parish of Watertown
35 Church Street
Watertown, MA
Tickets $10 at the door.

Pianist/Composer Trevor Berens reprises Chase's Gapayati for pianist singing, derived from Hindustani raga (see May 21). A recital of works for solo piano, the centerpiece of this event will be Berens' Light, More Light! a 50 minute existential meditation on the human condition, dedicated to the memory of Chase and Berens' friend and mentor, Susan Allen. Also on the program will be Morton Feldman's half-hour-long Palais de Mari commissioned by another of Chase's mentor/friends, Bunita Marcus.


Saturday May 28 2016
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Light, More Light!
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church Lomita
24027 Pennsylvania Ave.
Lomita, CA 90717
Tickets $10 at the door.

Pianist/Composer Trevor Berens reprises Chase's Gapayati for pianist singing, derived from Hindustani raga (see May 21). A recital of works for solo piano, the centerpiece of this event will be Berens' Light, More Light! a 50 minute existential meditation on the human condition, dedicated to the memory of Chase and Berens' friend and mentor, Susan Allen. Also on the program will be Morton Feldman's half hour long Palais de Mari commissioned by another of Chase's metor/friends, Bunita Marcus.

Saturday May 21 2016
7:30 PM
Extasy/Entasy
Rolling Hills Estates
Los Angeles CA
Tickets $10 advance only at Brownpaper (click here).

Pianist/Composer Trevor Berens premieres Chase's Gapayati for pianist singing, derived from Hindustani raga. Part of a showcase of Berens' own work, the concert features soprano Jessica Tunick Berens. The evening will be an intimate exploration of sound, voice, text, listening and hearing. Purchase of admission reveals the address of the concert.

May 13 and 14 2016
Forum Wallis 2016Ars Electronica
Festival runs May 12-16
Schloss Leuk
Leuk, Switzerland
Tickets here
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Short Press Release
Location details here
See Ars Electronica Program Here

Castle Leuk, Switzerland—4 days of contemporary, experimental avantgarde music explored from top to bottom. 24 acousmatic works from around the world shape the Arts Electronica portion of the festival, sponsored in part by the Swiss chapter of the ISCM. Of only ten US composers, Chase's alter ego l=xx_√=<tºr (Lexx Vector) will open both evenings of the ARS ELECTRONICA FORUM WALLIS 2016 portion of the festival events at the castle, airing mixes from the EP Hai•ku created exclusively for the festival.


May 1 2016
Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2 - Musique D'Avenir

10pm (local time, Switzerland)

Celebrating ten years of the Forum Walis Festival in Leuk Switzerland (see May 13) Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2 will be broadcasting a 2hr tribute to Forum Wallis 2006-2016 offering highlights from the festival each year. A cut from Chase's Hai•ku will be played as part of the long cross section of artists, among them Manuel Mengis, Hans-Peter Pfammatter, Lionel Friedli, Yannick Barman, Alain Michon, El Cimarrón Ensemble, Dissonart Ensemble, Taller Sonoro, Wael Sami Elkholy, ds Personal, Oberwalliser Volksliederchor, Le Nec, Wen Deqing, Arditti String Quartet, André Richard, Air Glaciers, TPC, sCHpillit, Franziskus Abgottspon, Pierre Mariétan and many many more. Follow the link above to hear the broadcast live during the broadcast time.


March 19 2016
5pm
Introducing...The Sonic Liberation Players
Lilypad

Inman Square
1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tickets $10 at door or advance through Brown Paper Tickets.


In their Debut Performance, The Sonic Liberation Players offer an ambitious program of contemporary chamber works. The evening includes three World Premiere commissions composed for SLP including Chase's Sutram. Works by Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, John Cage and Kaija Saariaho are also on the program. Details about the ensemble and the evenings programs can be found here.



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