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.'
Dubbed by L.A. Weekly as an "Eye/Ear Explorer", N F Chase's music has been performed internationally by the likes of the California EAR Unit, Southwest Chamber Music, New Zealand's 175 East, Long Beach Opera and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. His electro-acoustic composition has been featured at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Holland, and as part of the Weimar/New York festival in Weimar, Germany. Chase's work with improvising trio NIRUSU III has been acclaimed by the L.A. Weekly as "pushing the edge of audio/visual improv," while his interactive audio/visual composition Transmission was featured with the Illuminated Corridor's NOVA at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Chase’s work as a film-maker and animator can be seen in the light/sound ballet Ngoma Lungundu the music of which premiered in the Czech Republic at the Janacek Academie of Music and Performing Arts, followed by the US premier of the animated film at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC, Troy, New York) in 2010, as well as in the ongoing project 11 Ideas, a series of animated shorts performed with live sound track and narration. Chase tours with his band, The UFOrchestra, performing experimental music and moving image.