ICE will be in residence at the Mostly Mozart festival again this year with performances on August 5th at the Rose Theatre, August 8th at the Kaplan Penthouse, August 11th at Alice Tully, and August 12th at the Park Avenue Armory. We’ve recorded some of the bird calls found in Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Le Merle Noir. Listen to Eric Lamb's below and add it as ringtone to your phone.
Any special reason why you chose the birdcall excerpt you picked to record?
I chose the Engoulevent criard (Whip-poor-will) because I was curious to see if at could pop out those high B-flat's first thing in the morning.
Which piece are you most excited about performing at Mostly Mozart this year?
The program this year for Mostly Mozart is epic. Apart from the Messiaen (Oiseaux exotiques), which I've wanted to tackle with ICE since I joined the group in '08, I'm super excited about the two world premiers. Marcos Balter and I have had a great working relationship for years and I'm always super excited to play his latest creations. Suzanne Farrin and I are new friends and have spent a lot time together already discovering sounds on the flutes that she will use.
What do you hope they will talk about on their way home from the Mostly Mozart concerts?
I want people to walk away wanting more!