Cupid’s Deeds | ICElab Premieres at Roulette

November 18, 2012 | 8:00pm
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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International Contemporary Ensemble
Carlos Iturralde and Tyshawn Sorey, composers
Karina Canellakis, conductor

Carlos Iturralde is one of the most promising young composers to emerge from Mexico’s booming experimental music scene. His music explores richly colorful acoustic spectra with an often violent intensity. His two-part piece for ICElab, Cupid's Deeds, incorporates elements of richly microtonal music belonging to the son jarocho tradition from Veracrúz, México. One of the primary aspects of the work is a unique tuning system that generates beating tones – the interference between two tones of slightly different frequencies.

Widely considered one of the most talented and influential experimental jazz musicians of his generation, Tyshawn Sorey is a composer whose innovative work defies all boundaries. His music embraces a basic paradox in contemporary experimental music, bridging a highly technical precision with the raw, virtuosic energy of improvisation so central to his work in avant-jazz collectives such as Fieldwork and the Steve Lehman Octet.


Carlos Iturralde: Cupid's Deeds: Outermost WORLD PREMIERE
Carlos Iturralde: Cupid's Deeds: Innermost 

Tyshawn Sorey:
Vignette (4 pieces)WORLD PREMIERE
Quartet, for piano, violin, flute, bass clarinet
Guitar, Percussion, and Brass Quartet, for guitar, trumpet, trombone, horn, and tuba
Ode to Gust Burns, for piano, bassoon, guitar, percussion
Homograph III: Furyu, for flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, bassoon, violin, piano

ICElab 2012 is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, alongside generous funding from the Greenwall Foundation, the Creative Capital Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the French American Cultural Exchange, the New Essential Works Program of the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, the Francis Goelet Charitable Trust, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Tyshawn Sorey’s participation in ICElab is supported by the Greenwall Foundation.

From the Blog

  • Notes from Carlos Iturralde and Tyshawn Sorey

    November 18, 2012

    Notes from Carlos Iturralde and Tyshawn Sorey

    Facing an old idea is like facing a shapeless monster, it deals with imprecise memories and projection. Cupid's Deeds is a concept that I thought of back in 2005; it is a piece about the pulse generated by combination of frequencies, about searching for specific tuning and timbre colorations by means of overlapping beatings at different speeds, and about recycling and deriving.