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Loren Chasse

At the heart of Loren Chasse's work is his interest in and ability to listen, often explained through the metaphor of the microphone being an extension of the ear. Using his sound locations as both the instrument and the studio, Chasse looks for particularly resonant and acoustical situations that are reflected in a peculiar way. Like many artists who push the boundaries of traditional art forms, Chasse is continuously drawn to seek new acoustic possibilities, and he is continually searching for new venues and modes of self-expression. Collaborations have been key to Chasse's work as he founded idBattery with Brandon Labelle in the mid '90s before pursuing the polyphonous psychedelia of Jewelled Antler, an umbrella to such ensembles as Thuja, The Blithe Sons, The Child Readers, and Of. Chasse credits his work with young people for helping him recognize the importance of listening in the moment. It is important to just listen, Chasse believes, and not feel obliged to capture and preserve every sound on tape. This valuable lesson is one that he passes on to his students as a teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District.

Chasse is the former Director of Education for 23five. He performed at the First Annual Activating the Medium festival in 1998.

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