In Pan, musician, flutist, cultural activist, Project& Fellow and MacArthur recipient Claire Chase, collaborates with Project& on a multi-year commissioned symphonic series examining the relationship between text, music and social interaction. Chase is a visionary flute soloist, collaborative musician, and cultural activist who has premiered an astounding 100 new flute pieces over the past 10 years.
Project& has partnered with Chase to create several performances exploring the intricate connections between text, music, and social interaction. The first in the series was composed by Du Yun, a Chinese born international composer, multi-instrumentalist and performance artist, and premiered at the famed Kitchen in New York City in October 2014 and has since been performed internationally. The initiative will travel to places such as Detroit, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Jerusalem, Mexico, Ramallah, and Brazil. Learning through oral and aural tradition, Pan will be a large-scale, ever-evolving 21st-century performance piece rooted in community engagement.
The piece uses seven tableaux exploring the life of the god Pan, one of only two Greek deities said to have been put to death. It marshals myth to articulate and explore the tensions of our contemporary lives and world – music and words. The experience and creative participation attempts to demonstrate, rather than speculate, how music-making and the discovery of the lives of language allow for societies and communities to create together, shape space, question, reflect, re-visit, re-order, re-name and arrive in new and re-imagined locations again and again.