Stephen Chase composes and improvises. His work veers erratically between conceptual and a-conceptual (following-his-nose) strategies whereby the interaction between performer, score and place draws attention to things such as the effects of physical limitations upon sound production, the influence of group interactions upon the shape of a work, and the acoustic characteristics of a space. He has collaborated variously with Ross Parfitt, Philip Thomas, Exaudi, Apartment House, Berlin’s Ensemble Zwischentöne, Music We’d Like to Hear, Sound Intermedia, BBC Singers, Mick Beck, Coastguard All Stars, Husk, Gated Community, Damo Suzuki, omoplate sarangi, murmuration, and men in spats. He co-edited a book of essays with Philip Thomas on the music of Christian Wolff for Ashgate. He has also returned to playing other people’s music for solo guitar, recently premiering music by James Saunders, James Weeks, Jürg Frey and Jennie Gottschalk.
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