International Contemporary Ensemble 2009-2010 Season

ICE has released its schedule for the coming season. Excerpts below.

Friday, September 25, 8:30pm
CD Release Event:
Mario Diaz de León on Tzadik
Roulette
20 Greene Street
Reservations/Tickets: 212.219.8242

Mario Diaz de León’s music focuses on acoustic/electronic hybrids that often fuse the two elements into unified meta-instruments. Often structured as walls and gestures of shimmering sound, his work is influenced by contemporary composers Scelsi, Ligeti, Dumitrescu and Radulescu as well as a wide range of electronic music, free improvisation, underground metal and American noise bands like Metalux and Sejayno. ICE is featured on his debut album for John Zorn‘s Tzadik label, and members will perform several of his pieces from the album live at this event.

Kaija Saariaho
Thursday, September 30, 7:30 pm
ICETank I: Saariaho
Curated by Wendy Richman and Nathan Davis
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Kaija Saariaho is a singular figure in music today and has massed a volume of chamber music intricately weaving the colors of live musicians and electronics. In advance of large-scale concerts of Ms. Saariaho’s music at Miller Theatre and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, ICE opens it’s 2009-10 series at the Tank with this intimate show featuring some of ICE members’ favorite music by Saariaho. Featuring Noa Noa for flute and electronics, Vent Nocturnes for viola and electronics, and Six Japanese Gardens for percussion and electronics.

Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY

ICE returns to RPI’s state-of-the-art performance and recording venue, EMPAC, to record an album of the electro-acoustic music of Nathan Davis.
David Bowlin, violin

Friday, October 9, 7:30 pm
ICE @ MoCP I: Reversed Images
David Bowlin, violin
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Photography, ICE begins its Chicago season with this unmissable show featuring Luigi Nono’s late masterpiece, La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura, a poignant and sweeping work for violin and live sound, performed by ICE violinist David Bowlin. David will also play music by Luciano Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino, to whom Nono’s piece is dedicated.

Iannis Xenakis
Saturday, October 17, 8 pm
Composer Portrait: Xenakis
Steve Schick, conductor and percussionist
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Composer Portraits Series
116th & Broadway
New York, NY

ICE brings its acclaimed portrait of iconic composer Iannis Xenakis to Miller Theatre and teams up with one of the leading musical minds of the 21st century, the percussionist and conductor Steven Schick. Schick will open the program with his world-renowned performance of Psappha, and the program will build in instrumental forces until ICE takes over the entire stage. Ticket info…

Claire Chase
Sunday, October 18, 7:30 pm
aliento CD Release Concert & Party
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Claire Chase, ICE’s fearless founding director and flutist, releases her first solo CD, aliento, on New Focus Recordings, in collaboration with members of ICE. Featured are 21st century flute works by Jason Eckardt, Edgar Guzmán, Dai Fujikura, Marcelo Toledo and ICE composers Nathan Davis, Du Yun, all heard here in their world premiere recordings. Produced by Claire Chase and Daniel Lippel; Ryan Streber, engineer. ICE performers Jennifer Curtis, Wendy Richman and Kivie Cahn-Lipman featured.

Come celebrate with Claire, ICE, and New Focus!
Bowling Green State University
October 22–24
The 30th Annual New Music Festival
at Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH

ICE presents two concerts featuring music of Kaija Saariaho, Philippe Hurel, George Aperghis, Steve Reich, Du Yun and Nathan Davis, among others.

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:30 pm
ICEtank II: Oboe Showdown
Nicholas Masterson and James Austin Smith, Oboes
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

The oboe gets its moment to shine in the first of four ICETank Showdowns, featuring ICE’s instrumental sections jointly presenting concerts of new works for their instrument.

Kaija Saariaho
Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7:30 pm
Saariaho at the MCA
Brad Lubman, conductor
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago

Kaija Saariaho’s music bursts with color, eliciting shocking sounds and textures from instrumental ensembles. Ms. Saariaho joins ICE in Chicago under the baton of Brad Lubman for a rare portrait of chamber music works from this living master.

Sunday, November 22, 2009, 8 pm
Composer Portrait: Saariaho
Jennifer Koh, violin
Brad Lubman, conductor
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Composer Portraits Series
116th & Broadway
New York, NY

Kaija Saariaho joins ICE in New York for a unmissable portrait of works from a modern master of sound and texture. Jennifer Koh performs Graal théâtre, for solo violin and chamber orchestra. Also on the program is the atmospheric Terrestre and two sparkling works for orchestra and electronics, the classic Lichtbogen and the energetic Solar. The composer herself will be in attendance for panel discussion during the concert.

December 1–3, 2009
Concerts at Harvard University and MIT
ICE premieres new works on concert series at Harvard and MIT during this mini-residency. Details TBA.
Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
December 2, 4, 5, 2009
Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica
Conceived and Composed by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid/Paul D. Miller
Part of the 2009 BAM Next Wave Festival
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Members of ICE perform live with DJ Spooky’s hip-hop and sample-infused soundscape to create a riveting electronic symphony as live video projections reconstruct Antarctica—the real and the imagined—in this acoustic portrait of our embattled Earth.

Jennifer Curtis
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:30 pm
ICEtank III: Jennifer Curtis
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

This concert gives Tank audiences the chance to catch up with rising violin superstar Jennifer Curtis, who effortlessly negotiates diverse styles of music with extreme virtuosity and charisma.

Lowfirm and WIRED
Friday, December 11, 2009
ICE @ MoCP II: Wired/Lowfirm
Claire Chase and Eric Lamb, Flutes
Campbell MacDonald and Joshua Rubin, Bass Clarinets
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago

The electrifying flute duo Wired and the bassy clarinet duo Lowfirm face-off in a concert featuring a precision display of woodwind acrobatics. Music by Steve Reich, Philippe Hurel, John Zorn, Richard Barrett, Felipe Lara and Olga Neuwirth.

WIRED and Lowfirm
Monday, December 14, 2009
ICE @ the Southern Theater
Claire Chase and Eric Lamb, Flutes
Campbell MacDonald and Joshua Rubin, Bass clarinets
The Southern Theater
1420 Washington Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN

ICE makes its Southern Theater debut with two woodwind duos in works by Steve Reich, John Zorn, Philippe Hurel, Richard Barrett, Felipe Lara and a world premiere by Minneapolis native Ryan Ingebritsen. A “powerhouse of new-music programming” (The New Yorker), ICE brings its tight-knit virtuosity, youthful intensity and emotional chemistry to the Southern stage for an adventurous program sure to melt the coldest of winter hearts.

January 8-10, 2010
ICE: Music on the Edge
University of Pittsburgh

ICE comes to Pittsburgh for the Music on the Edge concert series at the University of Pittsburgh. Music by Kaija Saariaho, Philippe Manoury, Magnus Lindberg and Amy Williams.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
ICE @ UCSD: Xenakis
Steve Schick, conductor and percussionist
University of California, San Diego

ICE comes to San Diego to play five great chamber works of Iannis Xenakis. Featured on the program are Akanthos, Palimpsest, Echange, and Thallein. As an additional treat, San Diego local and Xenakis expert Steve Schick will play Psappha for solo percussion and O-mega, Xenakis’ final work for percussion and chamber ensemble.

January 30-February 1, 2010
ICE @ Brandeis University

ICE plays a concert of dazzling chamber music at Brandeis University. Music by Dai Fujikura, Franco Donatoni, Julio Estrada, and Philippe Manoury.

Thursday, February 4, 2010
ICETank IV: Eric Lamb and the Lambtastix
Eric Lamb, flute
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Belonging to a new generation of young international soloists, Eric Lamb is making a name for himself as an artist who defies definition. He is a soloist, orchestral musician, passionate chamber musician and much sought after lecturer and teacher. On this special ICETank program he will present music by Kaija Saariaho, Atli Ingolfsson, Philippe Manoury, and Heiner Goebbels.

Friday, February 12, 2010
ICE @ MoCP III: Oboe Showdown
Nick Masterson and James Austin Smith, oboes
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

ICE’s double-reed masters bring their “showdown” of rarely heard works to Chicago for an evening of insane oboe action.

Columbia University
Saturday, February 27, 2010
ICE and Columbia University Composers

A concert of recent chamber works by graduate composers working in the Music Department at Columbia University. An unusual subsection of ICE’s instrumental lineup performs in this terrifically varied program, with virtuoso electronics, at Symphony Space’s intimate hall.

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank V: Around the Horn
David Byrd, horn
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

ICE horn virtuoso David Byrd presents this concert of rarely-heard music for this most euphonious of instruments. Music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Oliver Messiaen, and others.

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 8 pm
Pauline Oliveros Tribute Concert
Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Composer Portraits Series
116th & Broadway
New York, NY

ICE performs at this concert honoring legendary composer/performer Pauline Oliveros on the occasion of her receiving the prestigious William Schuman award. This concert features works that span Ms. Oliveros’ career from earlier chamber music, to recent music that draws listeners and performers alike deep inside the stucture of sound.

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank VI: Violin Showdown
David Bowlin and Jennifer Curtis, violins
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Friday, April 9, 2010
Saariaho @ Mount Holyoke
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

ICE is the featured ensemble for Kaija Saariaho’s academic residency as part of the Weissman Center’s “Leading Women in the Arts” series at Mount Holyoke College.

April 22, 2010
Claire Chase’s New York Debut Recital
Concert Artist Guild
Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall
57th Street and Seventh Avenue
New York, NY

ICE flutist/founder Claire Chase makes her Weill Recital Hall debut with a tour de force program of flute masterworks by JS Bach, Salvatore Sciarrino, Franco Donatoni, Pierre Boulez, Toru Takemitsu and Iannis Xenakis. She will be joined by ICE pianist Jacob Greenberg and ICE harpist Bridget Kibbey.

Dan Peck
Thursday, May 6, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank VII: Dan Peck presents
An Archeological Dig into the Dark Frequencies
Dan Peck, tuba
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

ICE tubist Dan Peck presents his new show tracing the symbiotic history of human beings and low sounds. Peck (with the help of his tuba) will lead us on this historical dig from pre-civilization to the present day.

Friday, May 7, 2010
ICE @ MoCP IV: Dan Peck presents
An Archeological Dig into the Dark Frequencies
Dan Peck, tuba
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago

Fresh on the heels of his New York performance, ICE tubist Dan Peck repeats his archeological dig after a short flight to Chicago.

Giacinto Scelsi
Thursday, June 3, 2010, 7:30 pm
ICEtank VIII: Giacinto Scelsi
Curated by Wendy Richman and Nathan Davis
The Tank @ the 45th St. Theater
354 W. 45th Street
New York, NY

Giacinto Scelsi was an Italian composer who forged a unique musical path even by the open standards of the 20th century. His music often works with simple material, extracting beautiful melodies and harmonies from a single note or a spontaneous improvisation. Like John Cage, he has come to be regarded as a pioneer and something of a musical guru — an extraordinarily influential figure for many of today’s composers. This final ICETank illuminates the wonderful chamber music of this fascinating composer.

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Bay Area alive with new music

New music in the San Fran area is reviewed.

In the ’60s and ’70s, the Bay Area was a new music mecca. Minimalism was forged there. East mingled with West. Electronic music came of age. Such European avant-garde composers as Luciano Berio, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen joined the scene. After graduating from Harvard, John Adams hopped in a Volkswagen bus and headed for Northern California.

Our current century rejects headquarters. San Francisco is now but one of many centers in a multi-centered universe. But pick a good weekend and the Bay Area still hops. Last weekend was a good weekend — as well as something of a preview of upcoming concerts in Southern California — and here is a diary of a writer trying to get a handle on it all.

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