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 Jacob Greenberg's below and add it as ringtone to your phone.
What do you want people to listen for when they come to the Mostly Mozart concerts?
I'm hoping an audience for Oiseaux Exotiques will be able to zero in on one instrument's birdcalls, and then be able to pan out to the whole landscape of birds, and back again to one. It's a listening experience that invites so many perspectives. The calls themselves are masterfully transcribed, but it's also about the total texture of the wind and percussion orchestra.
What do you hope they will talk about on their way home from the Mostly Mozart concerts?
"Birds! I can't get the birds...out of my head!..."
Which piece are you most excited about performing at Mostly Mozart this year?
I can't wait for Tristan Murail's La Barque Mystique -- genius spectral composing, but also a magically evocative seascape. It's unusual for a small-ensemble chamber piece to be conducted, but I know Susanna Mälkki will be like one of us, participating in the chamber music dynamic.