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...” We see 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 an evolving definition of what it means to be a composer or a performer today. Multi-disciplinary collaborations are a priority for ICE, as are projects that expand the definition of concert space, extend the language of our instruments through new techniques and performance practices, and challenge us and our listeners to search for new directions in contemporary culture.

ICE projects are by nature modular and malleable. The ensemble is comprised of 33 soloists, among which myriad combinations of instrumental configurations are possible. ICE can be a comprised of a laptop alone on the stage of a nightclub one night; a performance installation in a gallery with three ICE musicians the next night; a large ensemble on stage at Lincoln Center the night after that; and any imaginable combination among, between or beyond.

ICE’s projects, repertoire, and collaborative partnerships are driven by the members of ICE. Both the Executive Director and the Program Director are performers in the ensemble, and the members of ICE are actively involved in repertoire planning, project generation, and selection of guest collaborators. ICE’s strength and vitality as an organization emanate from the vision, diversity and innovation of its individual members.

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