Alpert Award Nominee, Nicholas Chase's work has been hailed by Strad Magazine as 'brilliant,' the Los Angeles Times as 'flamboyant, avant-garde' and 'brawling yet taut…the Rite of Spring meets Metallica,' by the Albuquerque Journal as 'crackling, witty,' by the Whittier Press as 'seamless, powerful… spectacular' and, dubbing him 'Eye/Ear Explorer,' the LA Weekly writes of his short opera 22 (Taker of the Total Chance), 'the human brain at its most imaginative.'
Chase earned his MFA in Composition/New Media and Integrated Media studying with Morton Subotnick, Stephen L. Mosko, Bunita Marcus, and additionally with Ziad Bunni of the Aleppo Conservatory of Arabic Classical Music, James Tenney, Christian Wolf and Zhou Long.
Chase's chamber works have been performed by the California E.A.R. Unit, New Zealand's 175 East, South West Chamber Music and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony from whom he received a joint award from the Symphony and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for the Andy Warhol-inspired work tw!TcH. His electronic audio/visual interactive work has been featured as part of the Illuminated Corridor in San Francisco, the Center for Electronic Art, Information and Technology (CEAIT) Festival in Los Angeles, and a concert of his electro-acoustic compositions was featured in 2003 as part of Stanford University's "Music from the Edge" contemporary music festival at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
Chase has been commissioned by the California E.A.R. Unit, the Long Beach Opera, Viola Plus, Ltd. as well as Swiss bassist Cristin Wildbolz, first violin of New York's Ensemble Sospeso, Mark Menzies and internationally renown flutist Dorothy Stone to name a few.
As a performer, Chase is former frontman to the pop act Soul Parish, who topped the European Indie/Gothic club charts in 1995 with their dance single Lilith. Chase has since appeared performing electronics and DJ turntables with his own touring ensemble, with the California E.A.R. Unit, and most recently performing interactive video and sound with renown harpist/improviser, Susan Allen, and British bassist, Rus Pearson, collectively known as NIRUSU III, and who opened the 2006 Edgetone Music Summit in San Francisco to outstandingly positive acclaim.
Recent work and events include the Schweizerische Tonkünstlerverein STV/AMS UNIT RECORDS release of the half-hour epic Seventh Sense for solo bass and electronics on interactive DVD, a fellowship at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany, teaching visual media and collaborating with students from Tonji University, Shanghai at the BauhausFM Experimental Radio, an artist’s residency at the Janaceck Academie of Music and Performing Arts in the Czech Republic, and a new video installation entitled Transmissions with the Illuminated Corridor as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennal in New York City.
Mr. Chase returns to the US from Europe having just completed the soundtrack to a documentary about the Buchenwald concentration camp and touring the premieres of Ngoma Lungundu (Voice That Thunders) and Songs of the Thirsty Sword - Part I for piano, interactive electronics and video, all three of which will be available in commercial release early in 2009.