George Lewis & Friends on the MCA Stage

February 5, 2012 | 3:00pm
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Steve Schick, guest conductor and percussion

Trombonist and composer George Lewis' recent book, A Power Stronger than Itself, traces the personal history of the performers and composers that formed the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a group whose experimental legacy is vital more than 40 years after its inception. ICE presents a concert featuring music by George Lewis, whose own accomplishments put him at the frontier of experimentation in jazz, improvised music, computer music research, and trombone performance, alongside works of a younger generation of composers who have been influenced and shaped by Lewis' pioneering efforts.


George Lewis (b. 1952): Artificial Life 2007 (2007)
Steve Lehman: Impossible Flow for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, piano, bass, percussion, drum set (2011) CHICAGO PREMIERE
Nicole Mitchell: The Cave of Self-Induction for two flutes and percussion (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
Tyshawn Sorey (b.1980): Ode to Gust Burns for bassoon, piano, percussion, guitar and trombone (2012) WORLD PREMIERE
George Lewis: The Will to Adorn, for ensemble (2011) CHICAGO PREMIERE

ICElab 2011 is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, alongside generous funding from the Greenwall Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg.

ICE’s 2011-12 MCA Performances are supported by generous grants from the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Amphion Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and a CityArts Program 2 Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.

Lehman: Manifold (Excerpt)
Lehman: Manifold (Excerpt)
Listen to a clip of Steve Lehman's "Manifold"

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