International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

On July 13 at 7:30 pm, ICE will be performing world premiers by Walden faculty members.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 35 leading instrumentalists, performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.
Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered more than 500 compositions—the majority of these new works by emerging composers—in venues spanning from alternative spaces to concert halls around the world. The ensemble has received the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award for its contributions to the field, the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, and was most recently named Musical America Worldwide’s Ensemble of the Year in 2013. From 2008 to 2013, ICE was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE musicians serve as Artists-in-Residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, curating and performing chamber music programs that juxtapose new and old music. In 2014, ICE began a partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council, the Hideout in Chicago, and the Abrons Art Center in New York to support the OpenICE initiative.
ICE has released acclaimed albums on the Nonesuch, Kairos, Bridge, Naxos, Tzadik, New Focus, New Amsterdam and Mode labels. Recent and upcoming highlights include headline performances at the Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Aspekte (Austria), Acht Brücken Music for Cologne (Germany), Festival de Música de Morelia (Mexico), Teatro cultural attraction at medical conferences. In 1988 he had the honor of performing for Pope John Paul II in Rome, and in 1992 was a featured artist at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s “Sundays at Four” concert series, broadcast live over KUSC radio. He continues to compose, when the spirit moves him, and to fine-tune his pianism through coaching with the late Dusi Mura in Santa Monica and subsequently with Steinway artist Rufus Choi.

Friday, July 13, 2018
7:30 pm — 9:30 pm (2h)

Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall at the Dublin School