Nicholas Houfek, Lighting Designer
Nicholas Houfek is a New York City based Lighting Designer working primarily in Music, Theater, and Dance with a strong interest in cultivating a collaborative environment. With ICE, he has designed lighting for: Varese (R)evolution II (Lincoln Center Festival), James Dillon’s Nine Rivers and Composer Portrait: Cage (Miller Theater), ICElabs (Mostly Mozart, BAC), and Lisa Coon’s MESH w/choreography by The Troupe (Mt Tremper Arts).
In addition to working with ICE, Mr. Houfek has worked with SoPercussion+Matmos (Lincoln Center Festival and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall) and The Bang on a Can All-Stars (Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall). His work in Theater and Dance include: Deepest Play Ever, The Play about My Dad, The Momentum (Collaboration Town),The Capables, Handbook for an American Revolutionary (Gym at Judson), Coney, Why We Left Brooklyn (Blue Cayote Theater), The Future is Not What it Was (Kindling), Travis and the Brazen Women (ARSNOVA), unFRAMED, (John Jay College, SoloNova), Caucasian Chalk Circle (PPAS), Ian Spencer Bell's Socket and Paste-Up (NYCC Studios), William Isaac’s Kymera Dance, The Threepenny Opera (Marvell Rep). Regional: The 39 Steps, Farragut North (Olney Theatre Center). Co-Lighting Designs include: Li’l Buck and YoYo Ma at (le) Poussin Rouge and the art installation Pharmacaphore with choreography by Silas Reiner at The Storefront for Art and Architecture.
As an assistant or associate, Mr. Houfek has worked for New York City Ballet, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Fall for Dance festival at New York City Center, and Lincoln Center festival. Additionally, he has worked as Lighting Supervisor for the Martha Graham Dance Company, ArmitageGone Dance, Deborah Hay, Elisa Monte, 360º Dance, and Jonah Bokaer.
He holds a BFA in Lighting Design from Boston University studying under lighting designer Mark Stanley.
Levy Lorenzo, Engineer and Technical Associate
Born in Bucharest, Filipino-American Levy Marcel Ingles Lorenzo, Jr. works at the intersection of music, art, and technology. On an international scale, his body of work spans custom electronics design, sound engineering, instrument building, installation art, free improvisation, and classical percussion. With a primary focus on inventing new instruments, he prototypes, composes, and performs new electronic music. As an electronic art consultant, Levy designs interactive electronics ranging from small sculptures to large-scale public art installations with artists such as Alvin Lucier, Christine Sun Kim, Ligorano-Reese, and Leo Villareal. As a percussionist, he co-founded the experimental theater/electronics duo Radical 2 with Dennis Sullivan and is a member of House Special, an electro-acoustic improvising quintet with Peter Evans. As a sound engineer, he specializes in the realization and performance of complete electro-acoustic concerts with non-traditional configurations. One of his main engagements is Claire Chase’s Density 2036 project. A core member of acclaimed the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he fulfills multiple roles as live sound engineer, electronic artist, and percussionist.
Filling a unique niche, Levy is in demand as a freelance designer and artist. His work has been featured at STEIM, Harvestworks, MIT Media Lab, Ensemble Moderne, Darmstadt, Yellow Barn, Pitchfork.com, Slashdot.org, G4TV, Grey Group, Bose, The New York Times, BBC, and Burning Man. An advocate for interdisciplinary arts, he has collaborated with dancers, video artists, public artists, mathematicians, sculptors, engineers, and dramaturgs. Bridging the gap between the electronics design cycle and the performance practice of cutting-edge contemporary music, Levy is as equally comfortable wielding a soldering iron as drumsticks and four-mallets. He has fluency navigating hardware schematics and coding in various software environments, as well as interpreting complex musical scores and playing chamber music.
Levy earned degrees as Master of Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Stony Brook University. He has given numerous guest lectures on electronic musical instrument design and teaches Emerging Media at CUNY College of Technology. He recently received commissions from the American Composers Forum and Pringles. In the 2015-16 season, Levy is scheduled to officially release the iLophone, a new chamber app instrument for iPhone.
Peter Tantsits, tenor
Tenor Peter Tantsits has earned an international reputation for his dramatic flair, keen musicianship, and ability to fearlessly embrace the most stratospheric vocal writing of the 20th and 21st centuries. Always eager to push the boundaries of the lyric tenor repertoire, he was recently named “one of his generation’s most consistently satisfying contemporary vocal music specialists” by OPERA Magazine (UK). Peter is often called upon to perform the modern classics of the 20th century such as Berg and Ligeti as well as new works, particularly evidenced by recent success on the stages of Teatro alla Scala, Lincoln Center, and the Beijing International Music Festival. Performing with ICE since its inception, Peter has collaborated with the ensemble on works by composers such as Berio, Birtwistle, Gubaidulina, Kagel, Ligeti, Nono, Rihm, Ustvolskaya, and Xenakis in addition to new works.
On the operatic stage, Peter has been praised by the British publication Opera Now for his “luminous timbre” and ability to craft a role with “astute understanding.“ Opera News has cited his “gifted, agile and expressive” singing with “vibrant, penetrating beauty while managing the complexities of his role with complete mastery and infallibly good diction.” The 2010/2011 season marks his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, the Munich Philharmonic at the Kulturzentrum Gasteig, and the China Philharmonic at the Beijing International Music Festival, as well as returning to the New York Philharmonic for Doug Fitch’s production of Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. He sings the central role of Colin McPhee in Evan Ziporyn’s opera A House in Bali at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theater as well as reprising the high tenor role of Xu Xian in Robert Woodruff’s production of Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake in Beijing and creating the central role in Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone for Philadelphia’s Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Premieres include Michael LaCroix’s adaptation of Aristophanes’ The Birds with eighth blackbird in Chicago and Marcos Balter’s Aesopica at the Morgan Library with the ICE. His concert engagements this season also include Carmina Burana (one of his signature roles) with the Oberlin Orchestra. Among his engagements for 2011/2012, Peter looks forward performing John Worthing for the European premiere of Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest with Thomas Adès at the Barbican in London, returning to Opera Boston to sing Mark in the regional premiere of Tippett’s A Midsummer Marriage, debuting in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Le Grand Macabre and returning to China for additional performances of Madame White Snake in the opera houses of Guangzhou and Hangzhou.
A "fearless high tenor" (Opernwelt), Peter recently made a successful debut at La Scala in Milan singing the high tenor role of Syme in Robert Lepage’s production of Lorin Maazel’s 1984. He has worked with some of the world’s top orchestras collaborating with conductors Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Kristjan Järvi, Leon Botstein, Emmanuelle Haïm, Gil Rose and Philip Walsh. He made two acclaimed appearances with the New York Philharmonic in 2008 and 2010 (both broadcast nationally) and also performed with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich at Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie at Bremen’s Die Glocke, the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and the American Symphony Orchestra at Lincoln Center.
Identified by the New York Times as an "appealing," "versatile" and "adventurous high tenor," Peter’s repertoire ranges from Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Rameau’s Platée to Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre and Xenakis’s Oresteia. Two core works in his concert repertoire include Carmina Burana and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in addition to works by Bach, Britten, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Charpentier, and Clérambault. He has performed in a number of international festivals including Britain’s Aldeburgh Festival, the Festival Lyrique-en-mer in France, and the Festival Internacional de Musica Contemporánea in Morelia. Also of note are his performances as Tony in West Side Story in the Middle East for the Centrepoint Theatre in Dubai and his collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group and Moving Theater.
Peter originally trained as a violinist and earned degrees from Yale University and the Oberlin Conservatory.
Tony Arnold, soprano
John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune writes, “anything sung by soprano Tony Arnold is worth hearing.” Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold and powerful interpreter,” she has gained international acclaim for sparkling and insightful performances of the most daunting contemporary scores. In 2001, Ms. Arnold was thrust into the international spotlight when she became the only vocalist ever to be awarded first prize in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. On the heels of that triumph, she claimed first prize in the 15th Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition. Since that time, Ms. Arnold has established a reputation as a leading specialist in new vocal repertoire, receiving consistent critical accolades for her many recordings, as well as performances with groups such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, Ensemble 21, eighth blackbird, Contempo, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Fulcrum Point, and many others.
Ms. Arnold has been a frequent guest at international festivals in the USA, Mexico, Germany, Armenia, Finland, Switzerland, Italy, and Korea. She was a featured artist at the 2008 Darmstadt International Music Festival, the premier contemporary music venue of Europe. She tours regularly as a member of the George Crumb Ensemble. With violin virtuoso Movses Pogossian, she has taken György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments to more than 30 venues across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. A DVD/CD set of their performance was released in 2009 on Bridge Records, to great critical acclaim.
In addition to Kafka Fragments, Ms. Arnold’s many recordings include a 2006 Grammy Nominated performance of George Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children on Bridge Records. Released in 2009 was a DVD of the music of Crumb with the composer. She collaborated with conductor Robert Craft on a CD of vocal works by Anton Webern on the Naxos label. She has also recorded music of Carter, Babbitt, Wolpe and Tania León for Bridge; Berio’s Sequenza III for Naxos; and Kaija Saariaho’s Adjö on New Focus Records.
Ms. Arnold is an active participant in the creation and commissioning of new music. As the 2009 Howard Hanson Distinguished Professor of American Music at the Eastman School, Ms. Arnold shepherded the creation and premiere performances of new vocal music by 15 student composers. Recent premieres have included works by Philippe Manoury, Jason Eckardt, David Liptak, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. During the summers, Ms. Arnold engages composers and singers in music written by the participants of the SoundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy. Since 2003 she has served on the faculty of the University at Buffalo, where she founded the extended vocal techniques ensemble, BABEL.
Ms. Arnold is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University. Among her many mentors, she is greatly indebted to her study with sopranos Carmen Mehta and Carol Webber, and conductors Robert Spano and Victor Yampolsky.
Read more about Tony Arnold at www.screecher.com
Dan Peck, tuba
Dan Peck is a tubist, multi-instrumentalist, and creative artist currently living and working in New York City. Since his move there in 2005, Dan has been active as a soloist, improviser, creative performer, composer, and artistic collaborator in a wide variety of settings. He has premiered solo tuba works by Robert Sirota, Craig Woodward, and Ignacio Baca-Lobra, and has played solo works/recitals at St. Bartholomew's Church, Merkin Hall, and the Stone. In group settings, Dan has worked with conductors such as James Levine and Herbert Blomstedt, composers such as Anthony Braxton and Bruce Neely, and New York luminaries such as Dave Taylor and Dave Liebman. In addition to playing with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Dan has also played with Alarm Will Sound, Second Instrumental Unit, New World Symphony, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, among others.
Equally at home in jazz/creative settings as he is in contemporary music, Dan plays in the traditional jazz band Grandpa Musselman and His Syncopators. The Syncopators play frequently at burlesque clubs in and around the City, and were invited to the Jazz at Aspen Festival of 2007, directed by bassist Christian McBride. In June of 2008, through the Syncopators connection, Dan coordinated and played in a show at the Burlesque on the Beach Festival at the Coney Island Freak Show Museum, for which he wrote original music.
Currently, Dan is enjoying meeting and playing with all kinds of creative types in the city. He looks forward to collaborating with the composers of today in order to bring the tuba into more solo and chamber contexts, and also has a specific interest in multi-disciplinary works of music/art. He attended the Manhattan School of Music and the Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University, where he received the Presser Foundation Award. His main teachers include Scott Mendoker, Toby Hanks, and Warren Deck.
Michael Lormand, trombone
New York City-based trombonist Mike Lormand is a devoted performer of eclectic contemporary and classical music in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. A member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Mike also performs with Talea Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Manhattan Brass and TILT Brass. In 2012, Mike created Weather Vest, a mixed-wind quartet that explores commonality between classical chamber music, small group jazz, and folk music.
Mike’s continuing commitment to engaging orchestral repertoire has led to performances with Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Knights, American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, Mike has commissioned and premiered numerous new works in an effort to enrich the trombone repertoire. He has performed at the American Trombone Workshop and International Trombone Festival.
As a brass instructor at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, Mike enjoys connecting students to lasting personal relationships with music, sharing insights taught to him by his teachers, Per Brevig, Dave Taylor, Marta Hofacre and Bob Schmaltz. Mike is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (MM) and University of Southern Mississippi (BM).
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Atlanta, Georgia native David Byrd-Marrow received his Bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with the late Jerome Ashby. For his Master's degree, David went on to study with William Purvis at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He was then selected for fellowship in the Juilliard-Carnegie Hall Academy Ensemble ACJW. David has also played with groups such as Carnegie Hall's "Zankel Band," The Orchestra of St. Luke's, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Tokyo Symphony, The New York and Atlanta Operas and The New York Philharmonic.
Gareth Flowers, trumpet
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Gareth Flowers is an electro-acoustic trumpeter, know for "shimmering vibrato" and "wide-ranging lines" (The New York Times, June 2010). He has performed with ICE since 2003.
Although his musical journey has included performances with the major orchestras of New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seoul, he relishes making music on an intimate scale, and performs with ICE, the TILT Creative Brass band, the Argento New Music Project, and the Tri-Centric Foundation’s (Anthony Braxton) orchestra. He often performs in theatrical productions on Broadway, and has recorded for many fine musicians including Gabriel Kahane, Anthony Coleman, and duYun.
As a composer-performer, he has had his own eccentric electro-acoustic Inventions performed at the Clark Studio Theater of Lincoln Center and at the Tank, and his electro-acoustic trumpet and laptop duo, the Batteries Duo, has performed at Issue Project Room, Bargemusic, and Cornelia Street Café.
Gareth received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Raymond Mase and Mark Gould. He also recently joined the faculty of Columbia University’s Music Department.
Peter Evans, trumpet
Peter Evans is a trumpet player and improvisor/compose,r based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is constantly experimenting and forming new configurations with like minded players. As a composer, he has been commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Yarn/Wire, the Donaueschingen Musiktage Festival, the Jerome Foundation's Emerging Artist Program, and the Doris Duke Foundation for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival. Evans has presented and/or performed his works at major festivals worldwide and tours his own groups extensively. He has worked with some of the leading figures in new music: John Zorn, Kassa Overall, Jim Black, Weasel Walter, Levy Lorenzo, Nate Wooley, Steven Schick, Mary Halvorson, Joe McPhee, and performs with both ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. He has been releasing recordings on his own label, More is More, since 2011.
Nathan Davis, percussion
Inspired by natural processes and acoustic phenomena, composer and percussionist Nathan Davis makes music that elucidates essential characters of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them. He has received commissions from the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Calder String Quartet, the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), Meehan/Perkins Duo, TimeTable Percussion, Concert Artists Guild, and the Moving Theater Dance Company, and received awards from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Meet the Composer Commissioning Music USA, Argosy Foundation, MATA, ASCAP, and the ISCM.
In February 2011, Lincoln Center presented the premiere of his 30 minute site-specific work Bells to open the new Tully Scope Festival. Nathan's music has also been programmed at NYC's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and at Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, and other festivals in North America, Poland, China, and Cuba. Recordings of his music include his electroacoustic percussion cd Memory Spaces, flutist Claire Chase's debut Aliento, and a forthcoming monograph longplay from ICE, recorded at the state-of-the-art EMPAC center.
Nathan is the percussionist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and he plays original and commissioned works with cellist Ha-Yang Kim in the duo Odd Appetite. He has recorded for Nonesuch, Tzadik, Mode, Kairos, New Albion, Bridge, BMOP, Karnatic Lab, and Cold Blue records. Nathan taught percussion and led ensembles at Dartmouth College, and he has given masterclasses on extended percussion techniques, composition, and electronics at CalArts, Rice, Baylor, Yale, the Longy School of Music, UMass Amherst, Georgia Tech, and the Akademia Muzyczna in Krakow, Poland.
photo at right by Jeffrey Herman
Cory Smythe, piano
Pianist Cory Smythe is a graduate of the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California.
As a member of ICE, he has contributed to many premieres, worked with composers Philippe Hurel, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang among others, and performed in many venues across the U.S. and abroad. Cory has contributed frequently to the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, Milwaukee's Present Music, and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble.
A frequent collaborator with other artists, Cory recently appeared at chamber music festivals in Bloomington, IN and Salem, NY, at the Ravinia Rising Stars series with violinist Tim Fain, and made his Carnegie Weill Hall debut with violinist Sung-Ju Lee. As an improviser and jazz musician, Cory has performed with the Greg Osby Four, with Pete Robbins Centric, and in drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey's quartet, whose album "That/Not" (Firehouse 12) was named the 2007 best debut album in the Village Voice jazz critics poll. Cory’s principal teachers have included Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Stewart Gordon.
Phyllis Chen, piano
Praised by The New York Times for her "delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity," Phyllis Chen is a pianist, toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers. The Chicago Reader says that Phyllis has "become one of the world's leading proponents of the toy piano." Her artistic pursuits take her in numerous directions as a toy pianist, pianist, and composer, leading to her selection as a New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artist Guild International Competition. The LA Times simply states, "she is a bold pianist with an excellent sense of color."
Phyllis founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano and electronics. The competition has received works from composers all around the world and these compositions become an integral part of her repertoire. A strong interest in interdisciplinary work led her to collaborations with video artist and electronic musician Rob Dietz with whom she created multimedia works such as The Memoirist, Pearlessence, Chroma and Carousel. The two of them are interested in co-creating new works that rethink the idea of live art and performance using music and visuals.
Recently, Phyllis was the featured solo musician for the world premiere of Stephin Merritt's Off-Broadway production, Coraline in May 2009 at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City. In this unique on-stage performance, Phyllis was the show's sole instrumentalist as a multi-keyboardist, big and small. Other recent premieres include a commissioned work by American ICE composer/percussionist Nathan Davis for toy piano and clock chimes premiered at Symphony Space as part of the Concert Artist Guild New Music/New Places Series. In May 2010, Phyllis will be premiering a new work "Whatever Shall Be" for toy piano, MAX/MSP, music box, gadgets and quadrophonic sound set-up by Austrian composer, Karlheinz Essl. The work will be premiered as part of the Look & Listen Festival in New York City.
Playing an instrument that has no set boundaries or genres, Phyllis has been invited to perform at a large variety of festivals and concerts, including the Chicago World Music Festival and Lotus World Music Festival, the distinguished Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and Portland Piano International.
Lauded for playing Beethoven 1st Concerto "with amazing grace, with enviable clarity, and with finger work of both strength and elasticity" (The Herald Times, IN), Ms. Chen's traditional piano credits include honors at the International Bartok/Kabalevsky Piano and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Her victory at the Marjorie Barnett Competition of Chicago included a special Bach Prize for her performance of the Goldberg Variations, and as a result, Phyllis was invited to perform at Chicago Symphony Center's Buntrock Hall.She also performed on the Dame Myra Hess Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, aired live on WFMT Public Radio.
Phyllis attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean's Talent Award Scholarship and received a Masters Degree from Northwestern University as an Eckstein Merit Scholar. She is continuing to pursue her DMA in piano performance at Indiana University where she studied with André Watts. Phyllis currently resides in Astoria, New York.
For more information, www.phyllischen.net
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Nuiko Wadden is the principal harpist of Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestras as well as the Des Moines Metro Opera. She is also a member of both the janus trio, based out of Brooklyn, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Ms. Wadden has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, recognized in the Minnesota Orchestra (WAMSO), Ann Adams, ASTA, and American Harp Society competitions. As a soloist she has appeared with the Skokie Valley Symphony, the Chicago Metropolitan Symphony, Oberlin Orchestra, and Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra. She made her professional debut as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra this past January.
Bridget Kibbey, harp
According to the New York Times, Harpist Bridget Kibbey "makes it seem as though her instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the gorgeous colors and energetic figures she was getting from it." Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's 2012 Young Artist Award, and winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition and Astral Artist Auditions. Bridget's debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York. This season she is featured with Placido Domingo in his most recent album for SONY Records, Encanto del Mare. She may also be heard on Deutsche Grammaphon with Dawn Upshaw, on a recording of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre and Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs. Ms. Kibbey's solo performances have been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, on New York's WQXR, WNYC's Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and A&E's Breakfast with the Arts.
Bridget recently spearheaded a five-orchestra World-Premiere Harp Concerto Consortium, for which she performed a new harp concerto by Juno-Award winning Vivian Fung alongside standard harp concerti with the Alabama Symphony, Karlsruhe Badische Symphoniker, The Phillips Collection with the Phillips Camerata, San José Chamber Orchestra, and the Metropolis Ensemble. She is frequently featured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall and on tour, and was recently named a Principal Artist with Camerata Pacifica, with whom she will be featured on the West Coast of the United States during the next five seasons.
Festival appearances this past season include Bravo!Vail, Savannah Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Chamber Music Festival, Pelotas Festival (Brazil), Bay Chamber Concerts, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, among others.
Ms. Kibbey is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Nancy Allen. She is on the harp faculties of Bard Conservatory, New York University, and the Juilliard Pre-College program.
Daniel Lippel, guitar
Guitarist Daniel Lippel is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. Recent performing highlights include a solo tour of Germany, as well as recitals at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Guitar Weekend festival, Istanbul’s Gitar Café, at Bowdoin College in Maine, and at the Univesity of Wisconsin at Eau-Claire. As a chamber musician, Lippel has performed on the Macau International Music Festival in China, the Musica Nova Festival in Helsinki, the Darmstadt Festival of New Music in Germany, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Alice Tully Hall. In October of 2009, he played the banjo concertino part in the American Premiere of H.K. Gruber’s Busking with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Other notable appearances include Gyorgy Kurtag’s Grabstein fur Stephan for guitar and orchestra with ICE at the grand opening of EMPAC in Troy, N.Y., chamber performances at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Zankel and Weill Halls, and the Monadnock, Cooperstown, Greenwich, and Manchester chamber music festivals.
A strong interest in contemporary music has led to the opportunity to work with several eminent composers including Mario Davidovsky, Elliott Carter, Augusta Read Thomas, Philippe Manoury, Nils Vigeland, and Ursula Mamlok. He is committed to close collaboration with young and emerging composers as well, having commissioned and premiered over fifty new solo and ensemble works, several of which he has released on recording. Lippel is founder and artistic director of New Focus Recordings, an independent label specializing in contemporary classical music. His five recordings on this label have garnered him critical acclaim from such publications as Gramophone, American Record Guide, Classical Guitar, and New Music Box. He has also recorded for the Bridge, Albany, and Centaur labels.
Lippel performs in non-classical contexts as well, and has been a member of Mice Parade, a Fat Cat Recording artist, since 2004. With Mice Parade, Lippel has toured four continents and performed on the Sydney Festival (Australia), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), and Bestival (England), and recorded three albums.
As an educator, Lippel strives to demystify the contemporary repertoire for guitarists, and the guitar for composers, and has given guitar masterclasses at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin, Cleveland Institute of Music, Syracuse University, Northern Illinois University, and Bowling Green State University and presentations to composition departments at the University of Texas at Austin, University of California at Davis, Columbia College (Chicago), New York University, University of North Texas, and Manhattan School of Music. Lippel received his Doctoral degree in guitar performance from the Manhattan School of Music, under the guidance of David Starobin.
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Seattle native Campbell MacDonald recently began his 12th season as Principal Clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne in 2004, Campbell held positions in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra in Detroit, and spent six summers in Mexico City as Solo Clarinetist of La Orquésta Sinfónica de Minería. In addition to his orchestral schedule, Mr. MacDonald's uncommonly varied musical activities include regular appearances as a solo and chamber music recitalist, concerto soloist, studio recording artist, and educator.
Campbell is a founding member of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and has appeared with the symphonies of Detroit and Grand Rapids, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, NOW Ensemble, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Performance credits of note include appearances at Wien Modern (Vienna), Festival Fringe (Edinburgh), the Lincoln Center Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Additionally, he has performed at the Library of Congress (DC), EMPAC (Troy, NY), the Green Music Center (Sonoma, CA), Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Campbell's recent and upcoming performances include concert series in Paris and Quiberon, France, the Huddersfiled Festival (England), Los Angeles (L.A. Opera), and at Columbia University, Boston Conservatory, the Hartt School, and Harvard University. His recorded work can be heard on the Naxos, Koch, Nonesuch, and New Focus labels.
Mr. MacDonald holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlln College Conservatory of Music and attended graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago. He has studied privately with Larry Combs, David Weber, Lawrence McDonald, and Laura DeLuca.
James Austin Smith, oboe
Praised for his “virtuosic,” “dazzling" and “brilliant” performances (The New York Times) and his “bold, keen sound” (The New Yorker), oboist James Austin Smith performs equal parts new and old music across the United States and around the world. Mr. Smith is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Talea Ensemble and Cygnus as well as co-Artistic Director of Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. He is a member of the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the State University of New York at Purchase and is co-Artistic Director of Tertulia, a chamber music series that takes place in restaurants in New York and San Francisco.
Mr. Smith’s festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, Stellenbosch, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, OK Mozart, Schwetzingen and Spoleto USA; he has performed with the St. Lawrence, Orion and Parker string quartets and recorded for the Nonesuch, Bridge, Mode and Kairos labels. His debut solo recording "Distance" was released in early 2015 on South Africa's TwoPianists Record Label.
Mr. Smith received his Master of Music degree in 2008 from the Yale School of Music and graduated in 2005 with Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Bachelor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig, Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy” and is an alumnus of Ensemble ACJW, a collaboration of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. Mr. Smith’s principal teachers are Stephen Taylor, Christian Wetzel, Humbert Lucarelli and Ray Still.
The son of musician parents and eldest of four boys, Mr. Smith was born in New York and raised in Connecticut.
Nick Masterson, oboe
Oboist Nick Masterson has been a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2006. With ICE, Nick has recorded John Adam's Son of Chamber Symphony for Nonesuch records and has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle and Nagoya Symphonies performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Dai Fujikura's Mina for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Percussion and Orchestra.
In addition to being Principal Oboe of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra and a member of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Nick also performs regularly with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles across the country including the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey and Houston Symphonies and the St. Paul and Orpheus Chamber Orchestras. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and received his Master's from Rice University.
Randall Zigler, bass
Randall Zigler began his bass studies as a high school student in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Oberlin College shortly thereafter, where he received undergraduate degrees in bass performance and mathematics. He has since received a Master of Music degree from Boston University, and continues to freelance as an orchestral and chamber musician throughout New England.
Recently appointed Principal Bass of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Zigler is also principal of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Rhode Island Philharmonic and New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, among others. In addition, he continues to pursue his goals in the performance of contemporary works, having performed with a wide variety of ensembles and premiered solo works by ICE members Du Yun and David Reminick.
He has been a member of ICE since its inception.
Michael Nicolas, cello
Canadian cellist Michael Nicolas is one of the rising stars of his generation and a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene, in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He performs across North America, Europe, and Asia, in collaboration with many renowned artists and ensembles, including the Met Chamber Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Musicians from Marlboro, Metropolis Ensemble, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
Michael is involved in as many projects as he can find time for, and is a frequent guest at music festivals such as Bridgehampton, Marlboro, Ravinia, and Chamber Music Northwest. From 2008-10, he held a position as Associate Principal Cellist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, but made the uncommon decision to leave his tenured job in order to pursue a more multifaceted career path, and to dedicate more time and energy to a particular passion of his, the music of the present. Michael has worked with many distinguished composers – Milton Babbitt, Charles Wuorinen, Joan Tower, Mario Davidovsky, John Zorn – as well as many others of his own generation. As an artist member of the International Contemporary Ensemble for the season 2011-12, Michael will be performing at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, in Reykjavik as part of the Iceland Airwaves festival, and in New York and Chicago for the ensemble's ICElab projects.
Michael is also a member of Ensemble Ditto, a chamber music initiative based in South Korea that has garnered extraordinary success in reaching new and more diverse classical music audiences. They have achieved a massive fan following, selling out concert halls in Korea and Japan, and have released albums through Universal Korea, most recently a disc of the Schubert 'Trout' Quintet and Brahms g minor Piano Quartet.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he made his concerto debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1999, and returns regularly to perform recitals and concerts. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, and his teachers and mentors include David Soyer, Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, and Aldo Parisot. He lives in New York City.
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Called “Chicago’s first lady of the cello” by Timeout Chicago Magazine, Dutch cellist Katinka Kleijn is a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the International Contemporary Ensemble. In demand as soloist, she performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit in Penderecki’s Triple Cello Concerto, as well as with the The Hague Philharmonic, the Chicago Sinfonietta , the Illinois Philharmonic, the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, and as a soloist in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Kaion the CSO’s MusicNOW Series.
She appeared in chamber music collaborations with Yo Yo Ma, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Christoph Eschenbach, Richard Goode, Lynn Harrell, Jeremy Denk, at the Marlboro Music Festival, Chicago’s Symphony Center Presents Series, and in recital at the Library of Congress.
Kleijn presented her solo show “oil-free blush” at the Chicago Humanities Festival, highlighting the carcinogenic properties of makeup, which included seven premieres. A collaboration with the Chicago-based performance art duo Industry of the Ordinary resulted in the highly-acclaimed and publicized work “Intelligence in the Human-Machine” by Daniel Dehaan, which Time magazine called “a balancing act for Kleijn’s whole body,” and where Kleijn performs a duet with her own brainwaves.
In Kleijn’s extensive work as a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), she has given many premieres, including the first American performance of Zona for solo cello and ensemble by Magnus Lindberg at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and Eternal Escape for solo cello by Dai Fujikura.
Kleijn recorded for Naxos, Boston Records, David Baker’s Cello Concerto with the Chicago Sinfonietta on the Cedille label, with the progrock band District 97, the ambient-folk duo Relax Your Ears, singer-song writer David Sylvian, and has a working duo with guitarist Bill MacKay.
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, the founding cellist of ICE, has been teaching cello in a full-time position shared between Smith College and Mount Holyoke College since 2005. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Juilliard School, and he is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
An avid performer of contemporary music, Kivie has played more than 500 solo and small ensemble world premieres and has worked with many of the world's great living composers, including Pierre Boulez, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and Kaija Saariaho. He has recorded with ICE on the Naxos, New Focus, Bridge, New Amsterdam, and Tzadik labels, with upcoming recordings of Xenakis and Jason Eckardt on Mode and John Adams on Nonesuch. Anticipated solo releases for 2010-2011 include the complete Bach Cello Suites, as well as a disc of unaccompanied electroacoustic commissions.
As a chamber musician, Kivie has performed in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and other major venues in both North America and Europe, as well as live on WNYC 93.9 in New York and WFMT 98.7 in Chicago. With the Elan Trio, he won top prize at the Coleman National Chamber Music Competition, performing George Crumb's Vox Balaenae "with solid and expressive technique, imposing in both musical and theatrical conviction" (Los Angeles Times). Kivie plays on a 2003 William Whedbee cello, and additionally performs on baroque and piccolo cellos, viols, and lirone.
Kyle Armbrust, viola
Kyle Armbrust started playing the viola at age three. Since giving his New York solo debut with Kurt Masur and the Juilliard Orchestra in Avery Fisher Hall, he has created a multi-dimensional career performing and recording a wide range of music. The New York Times has described him as “assured, brilliant, and stylish…” and the New York Post called him “musically mature, technically sound...”
As soloist, Kyle has performed with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Lake George Chamber Orchestra, Maple City Chamber Orchestra, and Woodstock Festival Orchestra.
An active proponent of contemporary music, Kyle has worked with Elliot Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Osvaldo Golijov, Steve Reich, Charles Wuorinen, and others. He first performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2011 as part of the Tully SCOPE Festival, then again in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and he participated in the Carlos Iturralde ICElab in February 2012. Kyle also performs with Argento Ensemble and the Orchestra of the League of Composers. In addition to his other activities, Kyle is currently the assistant principal viola of the New Jersey Symphony, principal viola of the Westchester Philharmonic, and a founding member of the Knights Chamber Orchestra. He is a substitute member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra.
Kyle’s dedication to chamber music has led to festival appearances at Aix en Provence, Caramoor, Charlottesville, La Jolla Summerfest, Marlboro, Monadnock, Moritzburg, Ravinia, Schleswig Holstein, Stillwater, and Verbier. He has performed at Bargemusic, the Gardner Museum, Freer Gallery, New York Yacht Club, Neue Gallerie, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Kyle has also worked with Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Mya, Sufjan Stevens, Sting, and made an appearance on the show "30 Rock."
Kyle received his BM, MM, and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where he studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Michael Tree. He has recorded for Ancalagon, Cedille, Interscope, Naxos, Ondine, and Sony. Kyle plays a Carlo Antonio Testore viola made in Milan in 1752 and plugs in with a DPA 4099V.
“Armbrust's viola tone was an artful chameleon…”
Wendy Richman, viola
Violist Wendy Richman, hailed by The New York Times and The Washington Post for her "absorbing," "fresh and idiomatic" performances with "a brawny vitality," has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. and Europe. Upon hearing her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza VI, The Baltimore Sun commented that she made “something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif of the piece.” She has performed at venues from American Repertory Theatre to Miller Theatre, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to Washington, DC’s Phillips Collection, and Symphony Space in Manhattan to the Gewandhaus. Other notable solo appearances include Boston's Jordan Hall and the American Academy in Rome, and she has performed at the international festivals of Darmstadt, Edinburgh, Helsinki, Hong Kong, and Morelia, Mexico.
The particular praise Wendy has garnered for her interpretations of new music has led her to collaborate closely with a wide range of composers and to such performances as the American premieres of Kaija Saariaho's Vent Nocturne and Roberto Sierra's Viola Concerto. She and her now-husband, percussionist Tim Feeney, also gave the fully-staged American premiere of Luciano Berio's Naturale. She can be heard on Albany Records, AURec, Between the Lines, Bloodshot Records, BMOP/sound, Mode Records, and NAXOS.
Wendy has performed at such festivals as Aspen, Bravo, New Hampshire, Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart, Norfolk, Killington, San Juan, and Yellow Barn. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied viola with Jeffrey Irvine and Peter Slowik and voice with Marlene Rosen, she received her master's degree from the New England Conservatory, under the guidance of Kim Kashkashian and Carol Rodland. Wendy lives in Ithaca, NY, where she maintains a large viola studio at Cornell University, and where she regularly performs chamber music. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the viola section of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, she began work toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.
Wendy’s most recent endeavor is called Vox/Viola, combining her vocal training with her current viola career. The project involves commissions from 25 young composers to write pieces for her singing & playing simultaneously, loosely inspired by Giacinto Scelsi’s Manto III.
Wendy is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a New York- and Chicago-based collective of young musicians dedicated to reshaping the way music is heard and experienced in the United States and around the world.
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Maiya Papach, viola
Maiya Papach is acting co-principal viola of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and served as acting principal last year. She has made frequent national and international appearances as a chamber and orchestral musician, performing both traditional and contemporary repertoire. This past fall, Papach performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Concertmaster Steven Copes and the SPCO. She is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which is rapidly establishing itself as one of the leading new music ensembles in the United States. She is also a member of Accordo, a new chamber ensemble in the Twin Cities. Papach has performed across the former Soviet Union with the Da Capo Chamber Players and toured the Philippines with Cultures in Harmony. Prior to joining the SPCO, she performed regularly with the IRIS Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In New York, Papach has performed in chamber concerts at Bargemusic, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Miller Theater, among others. As a former member of the Andros and Rothko string quartets, she was a finalist and prizewinner in a number of competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Concert Artists Guild. Papach has participated in such festivals as Kneisel Hall, Yellow Barn, and the Marlboro Music Festival. In addition, she performs with Musicians from Marlboro, the touring extension of the festival. Papach is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Juilliard School and has studied with Roland Vamos, Karen Tuttle, Benny Kim, and Hsin-Yun Huang.
Josh Modney, violin and viola
Josh Modney is a NYC-based violinist, violist, and improviser dedicated to performing contemporary music, collaborating closely with composers on new work over extended time periods, and exploring adventurous interpretations of the standard repertoire. A “superb violinist” and “new-music luminary” hailed for “brash, energetic performances” (The New York Times), Josh has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals and concert series across four continents, presented hundreds of premieres, and worked closely with major figures including Mathias Spahlinger, Helmut Lachenmann, George Lewis, Christian Wolff, and Peter Ablinger.
In addition to his membership in ICE, Josh is violinist and Executive Director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a unique collection of composers, improvisers, and interpreters committed to making adventurous music, lauded for "dense, wild, yet artfully controlled" performances (The New York Times), "combining striking stylistic and aesthetic assurance with technical perfection" (Torsten Möller, Dissonanz). Josh performed internationally with the Mivos Quartet for eight years, a vital new-music string quartet that he co-founded in 2008.
Josh’s repertoire encompasses a wide range, from J.S Bach to seminal Late 20th Century works by Bernard Parmegiani, Luciano Berio and Kaija Saariaho, and new compositions by some of today’s most innovative and exciting composers. Deep collaboration with composers and the long-term development of performance practice for contemporary music is a focus of Josh’s activities, and he has developed new work with artists including Kate Soper, Alex Mincek, Eric Wubbels, Sam Pluta, Rick Burkhardt, Andrew Greenwald and Scott Wollschleger, among others. Josh’s interests include Just Intonation and psycho-acoustic phenomena, extended playing techniques, and performance with live electronics. As an improviser, Josh has appeared with performers including Nate Wooley, Sam Pluta, ZS, and Patrick Higgins.
An active recording artist, Josh’s credits include albums on Carrier Records, Deutsche Grammophon, hat[now]ART, Tzadik, Sacred Bones, and Ex Cathedra. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M. in contemporary performance) and Ithaca College.
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Jennifer Curtis, violin
Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”
An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide.
An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Jennifer has also collaborated with musical shamen of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey.
Jennifer joins the Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, North Carolina as artist in residence this spring, and will teach a course on the art of interpretation at Duke University next year. She plays on a 1777 Vincenzo Panormo.
Erik Carlson, violin
Erik Carlson has performed as a soloist and with many chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Europe and the Americas. He is a highly active performer of contemporary music and has had works written for him by numerous composers, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tom Johnson, Jürg Frey, and Georges Aperghis. Mr. Carlson is an enthusiastic proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, and performs frequently with poets, dancers, actors, and film.
He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Talea Ensemble and is the founder of the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. He has been featured on over a dozen recordings, including his own two recent albums of music for violin. Also a composer, he has had his musical compositions performed in a wide variety of venues. He studied violin with Jorja Fleezanis, Ronald Copes, and Robert Mann, and holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School. Mr. Carlson enjoys expensive bourbon and long walks on the beach.
David Bowlin, violin
Founding ICE violinist David Bowlin has won critical acclaim for his solo and chamber music performances from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. He is an accomplished performer of a broad range of repertoire old and new, and has performed recitals and concertos across the US. Among these are dozens of premieres, including the 2007 world premiere at Carnegie Hall’ s Weill Recital Hall of Mahagoni, a violin concerto written for him by Austrian composer Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin.
Accolades include first prize in violin at the 2003 Washington International Competition and the 2007 Samuel Baron Prize from Stony Brook University. Bowlin has toured across the U.S. as a member of the Oberlin Trio with Oberlin faculty members Haewon Song and Amir Eldan, and is a former member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, with whom he has toured extensively in the US and former Soviet Union. Bowlin’ s extensive solo and chamber music recital performances include concerts in New York at Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y, Bargemusic, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater, and Symphony Space; Philadelphia’ s Kimmel Center; at the Smithsonian, Kennedy Center, and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; and Boston’ s Gardner Museum.
He has performed and recorded with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, as well as toured in major east coast cities with Musicians from Marlboro. Recording credits include solo and chamber works of Stravinsky, Webern, Roger Sessions, George Crumb, Huang Ruo, Du Yun, Chinary Ung, Ursula Mamlok, Su Lian Tan, Brian Fennelly, and others. He is also artistic director of Chamber Music Quad-Cities, an organization that brings chamber music performances to the community in eastern Iowa and western Illinois where Bowlin is a native.
In 2007 Bowlin joined the violin faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having previously taught at the Juilliard School as assistant to Ronald Copes. He has taught on the faculties of the Okemo Young Artist Program, the Madeleine Island Chamber Music Camp, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Mannes Beethoven Institute. He has given master classes at Beijing’ s Central Conservatory, Stony Brook University, Cornell University, the North Carolina School for the Arts, and the Conservatorio de las Rosas in Morelia, Mexico. Major teachers include Roland and Almita Vamos, Ronald Copes, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, Ani Kavafian, and Stephen and Kimberly Sims. Currently Bowlin is working on a solo CD with works of Davidovsky, Berio, Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Martin Bresnick, and Huang Ruo.
Steven Schick, Artist in Residence (2012-2015)
Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For the past thirty years he has championed contemporary percussion music as a performer and teacher, by commissioning and premiering more than one hundred new works for percussion. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City from 1992-2002, and from 2000 to 2004 served as Artistic Director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Geneva, Switzerland. Schick is founder and Artistic Director of the percussion group, red fish blue fish. In 2007 he was named Music Director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Schick founded and is currently artistic director of “Roots and Rhizomes,” an annual summer course on contemporary percussion music held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011 he was named the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Recent publications include a book on solo percussion music, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams, a 3 CD set of the complete percussion music of Iannis Xenakis (Mode) and a 2012 DVD release of the early percussion music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego. In 2012 he became the first ever Artist in Residence with the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Alice Teyssier, flute, Artistic Operations Associate, Co-Director of OpenICE
Flutist and soprano Alice Teyssier brings “something new, something fresh, but also something uncommonly beautiful” to her performances. She has appeared with the San Diego Symphony, the Palimpsest Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and is regularly featured on Los Angeles’ renowned Monday Evening Concerts series. A uniquely gifted advocate for new music, Alice has given residencies for composers and performers of new music at such universities as Harvard, Leeds, Huddersfield, Oberlin and SUNY- Buffalo.
She has premiered dozens of works and appeared at the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, June in Buffalo, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music festivals. Equally devoted to historically informed and technically sound performances of early music, she performs regularly with the Bach Collegium San Diego and the Pacific Bach Project and is a core member of the Musical Oratory. Born in Australia, Alice has lived in France, the United States and Germany and enjoys a rich performance schedule as a professional flutist as well as a singer.
She has earned degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Conservatoire de Strasbourg and is currently a candidate for Doctor of Musical Arts at UCSD, where she studies with the Grammy-winning soprano Susan Narucki.
Ryan Muncy, saxophone, Grants Director, Co-Director of OpenICE
Praised for "superb" performances by The New York Times as well as his ability to "show off the instrument's malleability and freakish extended range as well as its delicacy and refinement" by The Chicago Reader, Ryan Muncy is a saxophonist who performs, commissions, and presents new music. His work emphasizes collaborative relationships with composers and artists of his generation and aims to reimagine the way listeners experience the saxophone through contemporary music. He is a recipient of the Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists as well as a Fulbright Fellowship and has participated in the creation of more than 100 new works for the instrument. His debut solo album Hot was released by New Focus Recordings in 2013 to critical acclaim, praised as "absorbing" (Alex Ross) and "one of the year's best albums" (Time Out New York).
Before joining the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as saxophonist and Grants Manager, Muncy was, from 2010 to 2014, the executive director of the Chicago-based new music collective Ensemble Dal Niente. Under his leadership, Dal Niente was named the first-ever ensemble recipient of the Kranichstein Music Prize, awarded at the 46th International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany. Muncy is also a founding member of Anubis Quartet, a multi-faceted chamber group established in 2007 with the aim of reshaping the saxophone quartet genre. During that time, the quartet has commissioned more than 40 new works and remains one of few worldwide in which all four players perform regularly on the entire battery of saxophones.
He performs frequently at international festivals and series, including Wien Modern, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Ecstatic Music Festival, MATA's Interval Series, Liquid Music at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Center, Unruly Music, Festival Internacional Chihuahua, The Fromm Concert Series at Harvard, SALT New Music Festival, MusicArte Panamá, World Saxophone Congresses in Bangkok and Montreal, and the Ear Heart Music Series in New York as well as classical radio stations WQXR (New York) and WFMT (Chicago). Muncy performs regularly with the Talea Ensemble and the Grant Park Symphony, and has held numerous residencies and conducted arts management workshops at universities and cultural institutions across North America and abroad.
In 2012, Muncy received the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where he studied with Frederick L. Hemke. A devoted educator and pedagogue, Muncy previously served on Northern Illinois University's School of Music faculty as an instructor of saxophone and music business.
Ross Karre, percussion, Director of Production/digitICE.org
Ross Karre (b. 1983 in Battle Creek, MI) is a percussionist and temporal artist based in New York City. His primary focus is the combination of media selected from classical percussion, electronics, theater, moving image, visual art, and lighting design. After completing his Doctorate in Music at UCSD with Steven Schick, Ross formalized his intermedia studies with a Master of Fine Arts from UCSD. He has worked closely with composers from around the world such as Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, and Harrison Birtwistle in N. America, S. America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Ross is a percussionist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and performs regularly with red fish blue fish, Third Coast Percussion (Chicago), the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble (DC), and many others. His projection design and video art has been presented in numerous prestigious venues around the world including the BBC Scotland (Glasgow Concert Halls), the Park Avenue Armory (NYC), Miller Theater (NYC), the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the BIMhuis (Holland). Ross is the founder and owner of a growing arts documentation business called rKAD specializing in video and audio recordings of performing arts.
Rebekah Heller, bassoon, Director of Individual Giving
Praised for her “flair” and “deftly illuminated” performances by The New York Times, bassoonist Rebekah Heller is a uniquely dynamic chamber, orchestral and solo musician. Equally comfortable playing established classical works and the newest of new music, Rebekah is a fiercely passionate advocate for the bassoon. Called an "impressive solo bassoonist" by The New Yorker, she is tirelessly committed to collaborating with composers to expand the modern repertoire for the instrument.
Her debut solo album of world premiere recordings, 100 names, has been called "pensive and potent" by the New York Times and was featured in the ArtsBeat Classical Playlist of the same publication. As a core member of the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Rebekah plays solo and chamber music all over the world. She has been a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Nagoya Philharmonic and has performed in cities both near and far – including São Paolo, Rio, Manaus, Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Köln, Salzburg, Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and many, many more.
A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Rebekah lives in Brooklyn, NY.
More info and performance videos can be found at rebekahheller.com
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Jacob Greenberg, piano, Director of Recordings and Digital Outreach
Pianist Jacob Greenberg’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has earned worldwide acclaim. As a longtime member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), he has performed throughout North and South Americas and Europe. His solo concert series, Music at Close Range, shows his equal commitment to classics of the repertoire.
With ICE, Mr. Greenberg introduces young people to new music in public schools across the country. He currently teaches piano at Hunter College, and has also taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he earned degrees in music and religion, and he completed his master's and doctoral degrees at Northwestern University, where he studied with Ursula Oppens.
A leading pianist of modern song, he has toured extensively with soprano Tony Arnold; their 2013 recording of Olivier Messiaen's Harawi has been singled out by critics. Other ensemble performances include MusicNOW, with members of the Chicago Symphony, and Contempo at the University of Chicago. As an orchestral player, he has also appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic.
Mr. Greenberg has recorded for the Bridge, Naxos, Mode, Kairos, Centaur, Tzadik, and New Amsterdam labels, and live performances have been heard on WQXR New York, BBC Radio 3, WFMT Chicago and Radio Netherlands. His critically acclaimed debut solo disc, Solitary, was released on New Focus Recordings. Other CDs include solo and chamber music of George Crumb with ICE (Bridge 9261) and a disc pairing Schumann and Ferruccio Busoni. Mr. Greenberg is also a record producer, and has completed discs for major domestic and international labels.
Recent highlights include a guest performance of works of György Kurtág at the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany; a recital tour with flutist Claire Chase; a Messiaen concert at the Library of Congress; and Harrison Birtwistle's Slow Frieze with conductor Ludovic Morlot at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival.
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Joshua Rubin, clarinet, co-Artistic Director
Joshua Rubin is a founding clarinetist and the co-Artistic Director of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), where he oversees the creative direction of more than one hundred concerts per season in the United States and abroad. As a clarinetist, the New York Times has praised him as, "incapable of playing an inexpressive note."
Joshua has worked closely with many of the prominent composers of our time, including George Crumb, David Lang, John Adams, George Lewis, Kaija Saariaho, John Zorn, Magnus Lindberg, Steve Lehman, Nathan Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, John Zorn, and Mario Davidovsky. His interest in electronic music throughout his career has led him work on making these technologies easier to use for both composers and performers. Joshua can be heard on recordings from the Nonesuch, Kairos, New Focus, Mode, Cedille, Naxos, Bridge, New Amsterdam, and Tzadik labels. His album "There Never is No Light," available on ICE's Tundra label, highlights music that uses technology to capture the human engagement of the performer and the listener.
Recently he has been featured as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony (under Ludovic Morlot), at the Ojai Music Festival, at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, in engagements with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has given solo performances of new music in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, São Paulo, Rome and Berlin.
He received degrees in Biology and Clarinet from Oberlin College and Conservatory, and his Master's degree from the Mannes College of Music. His clarinet studies were mentored by Lawrence McDonald, Mark Nuccio and Yehuda Gilad.
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Claire Chase, flute, Artistic Director
"Look out world, here comes a monster." - American Record Guide
Claire Chase is active as a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Claire has given the world premieres of more than 100 new works for solo flute, many of them tailor-made for her, and she has produced and curated more than 500 concerts of contemporary music. First Prize Winner of the 2008 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Claire has given solo recitals recently at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and throughout the US. Claire released her debut solo album in October 2009 on the New Focus Recordings label featuring world premieres by emerging composers, which was named one of the Top Ten Releases of the Year by TimeOut Chicago.
Declared "indefatigable" by TimeOut New York and praised in the New York Times for her "extravagant technique, broad stylistic range and penetrating musicality," Claire is rapidly emerging as one of the most innovative artists of her generation.
Claire founded the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2001 and has served as ICE's executive director since its inception. Under Claire's leadership, ICE was awarded the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center, and the organization has garnered two ASCAP/Chamber Music America Awards for Adventurous Programming, in 2005 and 2010. In her capacity at ICE, Claire has produced and overseen eight large-scale ICE new music festivals and released seven acclaimed commercial recordings with the ensemble on the Tzadik, Bridge, Mode, Kairos, Nonesuch, Naxos and New Focus labels.
A sought-after lecturer, teacher and chamber music coach, Claire has given lectures and master classes recently at Smith College, CalArts, Northwestern University and the Oberlin Conservatory, where she received a B.M. in 2001 in the studio of Michel Debost. Her many honors include the Carlos Surinach Prize from the BMI Foundation (2010), First Prize in the Concert Artist Guild International Competition (2008), First Prize in the California Young Artists Competition (1995), First Prize in the National Young Artist Competition (2001), and The Presidential Scholar Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (1996).
Her current projects include an evening-length solo flute multimedia production in collaboration with the television director Habib Azar, an album of 20th century flute masterworks (Boulez, Carter, Xenakis, Donatoni) and an album of Bach transcriptions. She lives in Brooklyn.
Read more at www.clairechase.net