MATA Honors Champion of Living Composers and Flutist Extraordinaire, Claire Chase

November 8, 2018

Autumn at its peak and ASCAP was once again happy to be present at another warm and amicable MATA (Music at the Anthology) gathering, with its traditional mix of composers, performers and pedagogues; and a number of music industry and overall music-supportive folk as well. Throughout the course of an evening of performances and accolades, there was a powerful notion that our new music community is just as strong as all those who toil and serve within it. Therefore, what a joy it was on a Friday evening in early November to celebrate at India House in Lower Manhattan, one of New Music’s great champions, flautist, arts entrepreneur and MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase. With a roster of past MATA honorees having included the likes of Merce Cunningham, Phillip Glass, Meredith Monk as well as ASCAP’s very own former VP and Director of Concert Music, Frances Richard, we can only wish more success to this unique composer-driven organization as it continues in its mission to support so many of the most worthy emerging composers of our times.

(l-r) ASCAP composer and MATA Director Todd Tarantino, bassoonist Rebekah Heller, ASCAP’s Michael Spudic, ASCAP composers Theodore Wiprud (MATA Board of Directors VP), Krists Auznieks, Tania Leon and Missy Mazzoli (MATA Artistic Advisory Board) together with violinists Elissa Cassini and Rebecca Fischer, MATA honoree Claire Chase, flautist Zara Lawler and ASCAP composer Suzanne Farrin.
(l-r) ASCAP composer and MATA Director Todd Tarantino, bassoonist Rebekah Heller, ASCAP’s Michael Spudic, ASCAP composers Theodore Wiprud (MATA Board of Directors VP), Krists Auznieks, Tania Leon and Missy Mazzoli (MATA Artistic Advisory Board) together with violinists Elissa Cassini and Rebecca Fischer, MATA honoree Claire Chase, flautist Zara Lawler and ASCAP composer Suzanne Farrin.