International Contemporary Ensemble
Program I, Thursday, October
Program II, Friday, October 21: Jam Sessions
On Thursday the International Contemporary Ensemble presents new works from ICElab, a new model for commissioning, developing, and performing new music, designed to nurture the essential composer-performer exchange through which groundbreaking musical ideas emerge. This program features works created by all six of ICElab's 2011 composers: Marcos Balter, Du Yun, Steve Lehman, Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis, and Mario Diaz de León.
ICElab is co-presented as part of SONiC: Sounds of a New Century. SONiC is produced by American Composers Orchestra and The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.
Friday’s program takes a look back to the fascinating and unusual convergence of the Jazz and New Music scenes in New York City during the 1950s. In 1955 Edgard Varèse and Charlie Parker were set to collaborate when Parker’s untimely death cut it short. Led by Earle Brown, legendary players Teo Macero, Art Farmer, and Charles Mingus came together to complete Varèse’s graphic scores two years later. Using Varèse’s improvised scores as bookends, this show looks forward and backward at the breadth and diversity of experimental music in New York, including NYC premieres of recent ICE commissions by experimental trumpet virtuoso Peter Evans and master sound-sculptor Alvin Lucier. The evening also features guest cellist Fred Sherry's incendiary performance of Jason Eckardt's A way [tracing] for solo cello, and Eckardt's powerful Aperture, a tightly knit instrumental poem from his song cycle, Undersong. Steven Schick serves as guest conductor.
ICElab receives leading support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, alongside generous funding from the Greenwall Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from The Amphion Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with generous support from The Amphion Foundation, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
Photo: Liz Linder
October 20–October 21, 2011
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