THE ICE MODEL
How does ICE work? ICE is a new model for a new century: a contemporary, innovative, modular, artist-driven organization that transforms new ideas into new music, and new music into new ideas. By dissolving the lines between the artist and the producer, ICE empowers the artists of its generation to create groundbreaking new work.
ICE embraces the concept of contemporary not as a fixed state or aesthetic, but in terms of its essential Webster definition: “happening, existing, living, or coming into being...” ICE sees contemporary music as a process, not a product; a fluid, ever-shifting modality that connects us to the changing world around us.
ICE projects are relentlessly innovative, embracing the evolving roles of composers and performers today. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are a priority for ICE, as are projects that expand the boundaries of concert space, extend the language of instruments through new techniques, and challenge players and listeners to search for new directions in contemporary culture.
ICE projects are by nature modular and malleable. The ensemble is comprised of 35 musicians, among which dozens of instrumental configurations are possible. ICE can feature one player with a laptop alone on the stage of a nightclub; then a performance installation in a gallery with three ICE musicians; and soon after, a large ensemble on stage at Lincoln Center.
ICE’s projects, repertoire, and collaborative partnerships are driven by the members of ICE. The Co-Artistic Directors and the artist staff perform in the ensemble, and the members of ICE are actively plan repertoire, generate projects, and select guest collaborators. ICE’s strength and vitality as an organization emanate from the vision and diversity of its individual members.
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