About ICElab

About ICElab

Our 2014 ICElab collaborators are announced!

Inspired by a decade of commissions and collaborations, ICElab channels everything we have learned about musical creativity into a radical new model for developing new music.

ICElab places the ensemble in collaboration with six emerging composers and sound artists annually. Rather than accept traditional commissions, these six composers partner with teams of ICE musicians in intensely collaborative incubation residencies, working together to develop new evening-length works. The ICElab structure embraces the essential composer-performer collaboration through which radical musical ideas emerge, allowing collaborating artists to take advantage of the full technical and expressive potential of ICE musicians, while creating an opportunity to mount ambitious multimedia productions efficiently.

ICElab does not acknowledge any one definition of what it means to be a composer—the program is open to anyone working in a creative discipline that involves sound. Participants are selected through a free and open application process, with submissions reviewed by a panel of ICE artists and outside advisors. Applicants are asked to submit a short biography, a description of their proposed project, a rationale for participating in the program, and samples of creative work in any discipline. The six selected artists per year receive paid commissions for their work, and participate in an incubation process with members of the ensemble before their works are premiered.

In sum, ICElab will lead to the development of 24 new evening-length compositions over four years, while helping launch the careers of 24 of the most promising young artists of our time. Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago will serve as ICElab residency partners, hosting incubation workshops as well as public performances. Meanwhile, we will share the creative process online, with video from each phase of the collaborations and an artist-curated blog about the creative process.

ICElab 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 Alice M. Ditson Fund, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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  • ICElab Confidential: Dehaan’s Sensory Illusions Permeate Constellation

    ICElab Confidential: Dehaan’s Sensory Illusions Permeate Constellation

    June 30, 2014

    ICE closed out the 2013-14 concert season in stellar fashion with a tequila toast at Constellation Chicago on June 15, 2014. Tequila shots notwithstanding, the most intoxicating grog of the evening was the Chicago premiere of ICElab composer Dan Dehaan’s Trompe l’Corps. If Roulette in Brooklyn was an apt venue for the December world premiere of Dan’s piece, owing to its connotations of the chance nature of the cosmic forces Dan is reckoning with, Constellation was equally relevant for its evocation of astronomical phenomena.

  • Program Notes: #ICElab 2013’s Daniel R. Dehaan

    Program Notes: #ICElab 2013’s Daniel R. Dehaan

    June 12, 2014

    Trompe l’Corps has been developed in close collaboration with members of ICE as part of ICElab 2013. It was first premiered by ICE in December of 2013 at Roulette in New York. The guiding inspiration for the project came from the book The Perfect Crime by French philosopher Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007). In the first chapter of the book Baudrillard makes a comparison of reality to a perfect crime, in that you cannot prove nor disprove its existence. Uniquely, Baudrillard phrases this as a statement of thankfulness.

  • Notes from Jeff Snyder and Sam Pluta on ICElab 2014

    Notes from Jeff Snyder and Sam Pluta on ICElab 2014

    February 11, 2014

    Our first album was made exclusively using 1960s and 1970s analog synthesizers - the Buchla 100/200 and the Serge Modular. Our time working with these beautiful machines had a profound influence on our future work. Jeff has been creating hardware instruments, one of which is a modular synthesizer in the tradition of Don Buchla and Serge Tcherepnin. Sam has been creating a modular software interface for live manipulation of instruments.

  • “Hit, Pluck, and Strum” at Roulette!

    “Hit, Pluck, and Strum” at Roulette!

    January 28, 2014

    ICE’s residency at Roulette in December was not just about the launch of OpenICE! Education Director Jacob Greenberg and Production Director Ross Karre teamed up with video artist Monica Duncan to expand ICE’s signature education program, The Listening Room (link), for a piano-centric event. Called “Hit, Pluck, and Strum,” the hour-long show for four-to-eight-year-olds explored the inside of the piano and how wacky musical notation can bring the sounds of the piano’s inner organs to life.

  • Notes from Juan Camilo Hernández Sánchez on ICElab 2014

    Notes from Juan Camilo Hernández Sánchez on ICElab 2014

    January 21, 2014

    Songs beyond the margin is a musical transcription of a series of poems written during the great depression, a musical depiction of texts written by Herman Spector. His poetry makes a very deep depiction of the marginal and urban life style with powerful sense of rhythm.

  • Notes from Zosha di Castri and David Adamczyk on ICElab 2014

    Notes from Zosha di Castri and David Adamczyk on ICElab 2014

    January 15, 2014

    What does it mean to freeze a moment in time? A dreamlike tapestry of mediums converges in a collaborative instrumental opera about the invention of the camera and the phonograph… Our project, “Phonobellow”, is a sixty minute new music theatre work for five musicians, electronics,performative installation, and video projection.

  • ICElab Confidential: Reality as Sensory Illusion at Roulette

    ICElab Confidential: Reality as Sensory Illusion at Roulette

    December 30, 2013

    “Fortunately we live on the basis of vital illusion, on the basis of an absence, an unreality, a non-immediacy of things.” With that thought from Jean Baudrillard’s The Perfect Crime in mind, ICE gave the world concert premiere of Dan Dehaan’s Trompe l’Corps at an OpenICE event at Roulette in Brooklyn on December 17, 2013. Dan’s work was paired in this concert with the equally impressive ICElab compositions of Felipe Lara.

  • ICE at Americas Society: Reflections in an Ancient Mirror

    ICE at Americas Society: Reflections in an Ancient Mirror

    April 22, 2013

    Codex, a four-year-long project focused on a three-centuries-old manuscript, was brought to fruition by ICE at the Americas Society in New York on Sunday, April 7, 2013. The project, commissioned by Music of the Americas and curated by Sebastian Zubieta, Music Director of the Americas Society, challenged four contemporary composers to write new works inspired by the Codex Martinez Compañón (c. 1782-85), which documents the musical and cultural life in Peru at the time of Spanish colonization.

  • ICElab Confidential: Sounds Coalescing into Music

    ICElab Confidential: Sounds Coalescing into Music

    April 18, 2013

    We immersed ourselves in the cauldron of ICElab for Dan Dehaan’s workshop at ICEhaus Brooklyn on April 3-5, 2013, the second part of his two-stage residency. In January, Dan met with his ICE collaborators — Nathan Davis (percussion), Tony Arnold (soprano), Rebekah Heller (bassoon), Kyle Armbrust (viola), and Katinka Kleijn (cello) — to explore his compositional concepts and the timbral, dynamic, and performative possibilities of each of their instruments.

  • Notes from Du Yun on Your Eyes Are Not Your Eyes

    Notes from Du Yun on Your Eyes Are Not Your Eyes

    April 2, 2013

    When oral tradition music is transcribed, re-intereprated, everything gets very murky. A representation, even an attempt of evoking such representation wrestles with inherent mayhem, chaos, and struggle.

  • ICE at MCA: Carla’s Kaleidoscope of Dreams

    ICE at MCA: Carla’s Kaleidoscope of Dreams

    March 8, 2013

    ICE performed Carla Kihlstedt’s spellbinding kaleidoscope At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed By Fire on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. This 2012 ICElab commission was part of a double-bill that began with ICE-member Phyllis Chen’s 2011 ICElab works.

  • ICE in Chicago: Phyllis Chen - It’s All In the Hands

    ICE in Chicago: Phyllis Chen - It’s All In the Hands

    March 1, 2013

    “From the time I started with piano as a child, it’s been all about the tactile experience for me; the auditory element of the music is really secondary.” So said ICE member Phyllis Chen at a “talk back” session at Museum of Contemporary Art during the second of two Chicago concerts celebrating her composing and performing artistry.

  • ICE Talk: Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen

    ICE Talk: Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen

    February 5, 2013

    It seems to me that until recently, most composers played piano as their primary instrument, and many consider the piano to be a blank slate from which to begin composing for any instrument. What led you not only to play the toy piano but to also champion it and build its repertoire? and how does this point of departure effect the way you approach writing for other instruments?

  • ICE Talk: Rebekah Heller and Carla Kihlstedt

    ICE Talk: Rebekah Heller and Carla Kihlstedt

    February 5, 2013

    ICE had the immense pleasure of collaborating with superstar, genre-defying songstress, composer, and violinist Carla Kihlstedt for the past several months. We presented her new song cycle, written for ICE, at Merkin Hall on January 26 as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. I’m thrilled to be playing it again in Chicago on the MCA stage on February 15th.

  • Notes from Phyllis Chen on Chimers

    Notes from Phyllis Chen on Chimers

    January 30, 2013

    Glass Clouds We Have Known is an electro-acoustic audio/visual piece for bass clarinet, flute, nineteen mixing bowls, toy piano, electronics and video. The piece hopes to capture a dream-like, meditative state that explores curious timbres and images through found objects.

  • Notes from Carla Kihlstedt on At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed By Fire

    Notes from Carla Kihlstedt on At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed By Fire

    January 23, 2013

    I’ve always been struck by the dissonance between our waking and sleeping lives. We spend such significant time in each reality, but we have to leave one to enter the other, bringing with us only the faintest residue, image, or inarticulable sensation.

  • Daniel R. Dehaan on Violence for Isolation | Rebekah Heller ICEsolo(4) at Corbett vs. Dempsey

    Daniel R. Dehaan on Violence for Isolation | Rebekah Heller ICEsolo(4) at Corbett vs. Dempsey

    January 10, 2013

    From its inception, to its completion Violence for Isolation has seen a bit of the world. The creation process began with an email from Rebekah Heller while she was in Köln Germany with ICE this past May. In it she described her vision as being “something glacial and epic and strange and beautiful and raw all at once.”

  • Notes from Patricia Alessandrini and Juan Pablo Carreño

    Notes from Patricia Alessandrini and Juan Pablo Carreño

    December 12, 2012

    Gurre-Klänge is a half-hour performance involving one voice, a singing flutist and twelve other instrumentalists, resonating surfaces, and video projection by Ross Karre. This staged work will be the culmination of my ICELab residency. I had originally proposed another theatrical work, but changed my plans entirely when a new idea arose from discussions with the members of ICE.

  • Notes from Carlos Iturralde and Tyshawn Sorey

    Notes from Carlos Iturralde and Tyshawn Sorey

    November 14, 2012

    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.

  • Lisa Coons on “Mesh” and ICElab

    Lisa Coons on “Mesh” and ICElab

    November 1, 2012

    I am a composer and sound artist with three primary objectives. First, I aspire to evolve conceptually and aesthetically through constant collaboration. By working closely with other artists, I want to push beyond my own idiomatic language and feel creatively culpable at every level of the process—I believe this results in an ever-growing artistic vocabulary and more honest work.

  • ICElab Confidential: Daniel Dehaan in the Crucible of Composition

    ICElab Confidential: Daniel Dehaan in the Crucible of Composition

    October 30, 2012

    ICElab 2013 composer Daniel Dehaan envisions his new piece for ICE as a musical composition, sound installation, and immersive experience for the audience.

  • Patricia Alessandrini [post ICElab workshop]

    Patricia Alessandrini [post ICElab workshop]

    May 30, 2012

    Patricia Alessandrini is one of our six ICElab collaborators for this season. She worked with us in New York back in March. Today she shares with us what happened before, during, and after her workshop.

  • [Preview] ICElab at Atlas Performing Arts

    [Preview] ICElab at Atlas Performing Arts

    May 16, 2012

    Just imagine 11 Claire Chase’s playing simultaneously in a complex network of shifting loops…

  • Post ICE-Lab Workshop: Carla Kihlstedt

    Post ICE-Lab Workshop: Carla Kihlstedt

    May 6, 2012

    Remember Carla Kihlstedt’s really cool song series based on dreams? Carla explains the evolutionary process this piece undertook while being workshopped with ICE…

  • Juan Pablo Carreño [post ICElab workshop]

    Juan Pablo Carreño [post ICElab workshop]

    April 7, 2012

    Juan Pablo Carreño took a few moments with us to reflect on his workshop experience with ICE back in February and what he is up to now.

  • Photos from the Scene: ICElab Workshop | Patricia Alessandrini, Carla Kihlstedt

    Photos from the Scene: ICElab Workshop | Patricia Alessandrini, Carla Kihlstedt

    April 1, 2012

    We had a great time yesterday at the Baryshnikov Arts Center! Many thanks to everyone who came out to support the making of contemporary music!

  • InFormation: Patricia Alessandrini and Carla Kihlstedt [Preview]

    InFormation: Patricia Alessandrini and Carla Kihlstedt [Preview]

    March 30, 2012

    This free workshop at the Baryshnikov Arts Center will be a showcase of the new works being created with ICE by Patricia Alessandrini and Carla Kihlstedt.

  • ICELab Intro: Carla Kihlstedt

    ICELab Intro: Carla Kihlstedt

    March 27, 2012

    Carla describes the way she composes as “messy”. She fills notebooks with ideas (she has one notebook for lyrics, one for concepts/lists, and one for actual notes), discovering which ideas evolve easily and letting those connect.

  • 2013 ICElab Collaborators Announced!

    2013 ICElab Collaborators Announced!

    March 23, 2012

    These artists will participate in ICE’s unique commissioning project, developing new works through a series of residencies, focused on composer-performer collaboration.

  • Carlos Iturralde [post ICElab workshop]

    Carlos Iturralde [post ICElab workshop]

    March 18, 2012

    A few weeks ago, Carlos Iturralde took the first step in his ICElab collaboration, workshopping his piece “Cupid’s Deeds” with members of ICE.

  • Photos from the Scene: ICElab at the CSUF New Music Festival

    Photos from the Scene: ICElab at the CSUF New Music Festival

    March 10, 2012

    We had a great time last weekend at the CSUF New Music Festival! Many thanks to the CSUF Department of Music and everyone who came out to support contemporary music!

  • Lisa Coons Update [post ICElab workshop]

    Lisa Coons Update [post ICElab workshop]

    March 8, 2012

    “It was the most enjoyable, most inspiring rehearsal process that I’ve ever experienced. The piece is challenging, but everyone was completely engaged, mentally, musically and physically.” - ICElab composer Lisa Coons

  • ICELab at the CSUF New Music Festival [Preview]

    ICELab at the CSUF New Music Festival [Preview]

    March 1, 2012

    Heads up, West coasters! ICE comes to California State University Fullerton this Friday and Saturday with an impressive line-up of groundbreaking composers.

  • Juan Pablo Carreño [post ICElab workshop]

    Juan Pablo Carreño [post ICElab workshop]

    February 25, 2012

    "I have a more clear idea about what I'm looking for in that piece, that idea of a disjunctive music, a disjunctive relation between different sonorous planes." - Juan Pablo Carreño following his ICElab workshop.

  • Photos from the Scene: ICElab Workshop with Lisa Coons and the Troupe

    Photos from the Scene: ICElab Workshop with Lisa Coons and the Troupe

    February 19, 2012

    We had a great time collaborating with Lisa Coons and The Troupe last week at the Baryshnikov Arts Center! Many thanks to everyone who came out.

  • Today: Lisa Coons, The Troupe, BAC, 3pm

    Today: Lisa Coons, The Troupe, BAC, 3pm

    February 18, 2012

    Today ICE will be showing off the progress we've made this week collaborating with 2012 ICElab composer Lisa Coons and The Troupe at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

  • ICElab Intro: Lisa Coons

    ICElab Intro: Lisa Coons

    February 16, 2012

    “. . . that level of trying new things and feeling like the only failure would be to not take advantage and take chances. . . it's thrilling!”

  • Photos from the Scene: ICElab Workshop with Juan Pablo Carreño and Carlos Iturralde

    Photos from the Scene: ICElab Workshop with Juan Pablo Carreño and Carlos Iturralde

    February 12, 2012

    We had a great time collaborating with Carlos and Juan Pablo last week at the Baryshnikov Arts Center! Many thanks to everyone who came out.

  • George Lewis & Friends on the MCA Stage [Preview]

    George Lewis & Friends on the MCA Stage [Preview]

    February 2, 2012

    The work's chronically unstable sonic environment, mesmerizing as it builds through the rise and fall of polyrhythms and dissonances, will shake the air and eardrums of Chicago for the first time on Sunday.

  • ICElab introduces Carlos Iturralde

    ICElab introduces Carlos Iturralde

    January 24, 2012

    "It is just starting, but so far it is very promising above all because I've found nothing but openness to explore ideas and to give continuity to my work in every member of the ensemble that I've gotten in touch with." - Carlos Iturralde

  • ICElab introduces Tyshawn Sorey

    ICElab introduces Tyshawn Sorey

    January 18, 2012

    Both on the bandstand and at the writing desk, Sorey is that rare kind of musical being who not only wears his influences on his sleeve, but shapes them into something wholly other. If that spirit of originality carries through to his time at ICElab – it will – it’s going to make for some very exciting results.

  • ICElab Application Deadline Extended to January 22nd, 2012

    ICElab Application Deadline Extended to January 22nd, 2012

    January 11, 2012

    ICE has extended the deadline for the 2013-14 cycle of commissions. The deadline has been moved from 1/15 to 1/22.

  • Æsopica Sold Out Tonight! + Critic’s Pick

    Æsopica Sold Out Tonight! + Critic’s Pick

    December 16, 2011

    The world premiere of ICElab composer Marcos Balter's Æsopica is sold out tonight! We hope to see you there. The New York Times selected this show as a Critics' Pick! They write: The restless young virtuosos known as ICE are worth hearing no matter what they undertake. Here, continuing their innovative ICElab series, they perform “Aesopica,” a brash, whimsical song cycle by Marcos Balter based on Aesop’s fables; Peter Tantsits, a tenor both skillful and brave, serves as the narrator and soloist. At 7:30 p.m., Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, Manhattan, (866) 811-4111, bacnyc.org; free, with reservations required. (Smith)

  • Guest Post: Marcos Balter on Aesop’s Fables

    Guest Post: Marcos Balter on Aesop’s Fables

    December 15, 2011

    In preparation for our two night run of ICElab composer Marcos Balter's Æsopica (including a FREE special children's performance tonight), we have a special guest post from the composer! Marcos discusses the selection process for the fables, and muses on the moral significance of a few of the ones he chose:

  • “I Want To Be Just Like You When I Grow Up”: Notes from Elementary Schoolers

    “I Want To Be Just Like You When I Grow Up”: Notes from Elementary Schoolers

    December 13, 2011

    Last month, ICE did one of our Listening Room workshops at Swift Elementary School in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, programmed by Tricia Von Eck of The Happiness Project. Eric Lamb, Claire Chase, Josh Rubin, and Jacob Greenberg, our Education Director, worked with students for two hours to create a graphic score, which was then rehearsed by our musicians and performed for the students' parents. Check out these adorable thank you notes from students at Swift Elementary:

  • Marcos Balter: Composing Aesopica (via Meet The Composer)

    Marcos Balter: Composing Aesopica (via Meet The Composer)

    December 13, 2011

    As we gear up to present Marcos Balter's Æsopica on Friday at the BAC, we wanted to share this video and article (originally published here) from our good friends at Meet The Composer, who supported the creation of the piece:

  • Nathan Davis’ “Bright and Hollow Sky” in TONY’s “Best of 2011” list!

    Nathan Davis’ “Bright and Hollow Sky” in TONY’s “Best of 2011” list!

    December 12, 2011

    ICE percussionist and ICElab composer Nathan Davis' recent release, "The Bright and Hollow Sky", appears in Time Out New York Music Editor Steve Smith's list of The Best Classical Albums of 2011! It's number 5, in fact. Smith writes: Long a tremendous asset to the International Contemporary Ensemble as both a brilliant percussionist and a resourceful composer, Nathan Davis finally documented five of his sonically beguiling works, with predictably rich results.

  • Æsopica: Bringing Fables to the BAC

    Æsopica: Bringing Fables to the BAC

    December 6, 2011

    We're excited to be performing ICElab composer Marcos Balter's Æsopica during a FREE show at the BAC on December 16th! Check out the video excerpt from the piece below: The Chicago Tribune praised Æsopica's "minutely crafted whimsy" after we presented the piece in Chicago on June 4th: Arnold returned for the world premiere (at least in its present form) of Marcos Balter's Aesopica (2011), another suite-like piece for singer-narrator and 10-member ensemble, this one drawn from various Aesop fables. The Brazilian-born Balter, who directs the music composition program at Columbia College Chicago, has a wickedly original sense of humor and a fiercely imaginative palette of instrumental and vocal sounds rare in today's dour, post-classical new music.

  • InFormation // Introducing Matt Orenstein

    InFormation // Introducing Matt Orenstein

    December 5, 2011

    We're pleased to introduce Matt Orenstein, one of our new ICE interns, who you'll be hearing from periodically starting in January. He brings tidings from Chitown; read below for his account of ICElab InFormation, which took place on the MCA stage on Saturday:

  • Three Beats: InFormation Featured in Chicago Reader

    Three Beats: InFormation Featured in Chicago Reader

    December 2, 2011

    For those of you in the Chicago area: don't miss ICElab InFormation, a FREE event tomorrow on the MCA stage. The event will include a discussion with ICE and composers George Lewis and Steve Lehman alongside live music and video in advance of their MCA premiere concert on February 5. Don't take our word for it - read the feature by Peter Margasak in the Chicago Reader:

  • Apply to ICElab!

    Apply to ICElab!

    November 22, 2011

    We're currently accepting applications for ICElab, our new program which places teams of ICE musicians in close collaboration with six emerging composers each year to develop works that push the boundaries of musical exploration. Selected composer-collaborators will receive a commission to create a substantial new piece for ICE that will be presented in ICE's 2013 and 2014 seasons in New York, Chicago and select other cities. The ICElab program is currently open for both the 2013 and 2014 cycles until January 15, 2012. ICE will choose six composer-collaborators for the 2013 cycle, and may choose up to six collaborators for the 2014 cycle. Composers and artists of all backgrounds, styles, and approaches—Western or non-Western, traditional or nontraditional notation, jazz, classical, improvisatory, performance art, etc.—are invited to apply.

  • “Self-fiction, ¿a disjunctive music?”: An Interview with Juan Pablo Carreño

    “Self-fiction, ¿a disjunctive music?”: An Interview with Juan Pablo Carreño

    November 21, 2011

    Colombian composer and 2012 ICElab collaborator Juan Pablo Carreño is quickly emerging as a prodigious and dynamic voice from a region rich in cultural traditions. His varied work explores the intersections between art, politics, latin-american identity, and different cultural heritages, drawing on both the violence and the cultural vivacity of his home country. He has studied composition at Javeriana University in Bogotá and at the Paris Conservatoire, where he was recently awarded first prize in composition. His work has been performed by several leading European ensembles, and featured at the Festival Musique sur Ciel. Check out this interview with Juan Pablo, in which he discusses, among other things, the concept of “disjunctive music”, how the places in which he has lived and worked have inspired his music, and what it means to be a composer in today's world:

  • “Chimers”: Photos from the Scene

    “Chimers”: Photos from the Scene

    November 17, 2011

    We had a great time playing the music of Phyllis Chen last night at the MoCP in Chicago! Many thanks to everyone who came out. Click the image above to view a few more photos from our pre-show run through.

  • FREE ICElab: Chimers @ MoCP Tonight!

    FREE ICElab: Chimers @ MoCP Tonight!

    November 16, 2011

    Attention all Chicagoans: we're playing another FREE ICElab show tonight! Come hear us perform Phyllis Chen's Chimers (2011) at the MoCP at 7:30pm. Although this is a free performance, the reservations list is filling up rapidly; please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your name and the number in your party if you plan to attend. Watch a video of the piece, read an interview with the composer, and delve into the intersections between tonight's performance and the current photography exhibit, Crime Unseen.

  • Meditations on Memory: Phyllis Chen x Crime Unseen

    Meditations on Memory: Phyllis Chen x Crime Unseen

    November 15, 2011

    We're packing up our toy pianos and metal bowls for a FREE encore presentation of 2011 ICElab composer Phyllis Chen's amazing Chimers in Chicago at the MoCP on Wednesday night. The New York Times has praised Phyllis for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” which you can hear in this evening-length cycle. Wednesdays free performance of Chimers at the MoCP will coincide with the exhibition Crime Unseen, which also concerns memory and "reactivat[ing] historical material".

  • Tonight: Glass Clouds and Fallen Warriors

    Tonight: Glass Clouds and Fallen Warriors

    November 4, 2011

    We're pumped for our FREE ICElab show tonight at The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC)! Featuring music by ICElab composers Phyllis Chen and Du Yun, this will be, in the words of ICE bassoonist Rebekah Heller, "an incredible night of toy pianos, metal bowls, oboe solos, video projections, and free beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery". Click the photo below to view a few snapshots from the setup (our three most recent wall photos): The show starts at 7:30pm and, although tickets are free, the reservations list is currently full. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to add your name to the waitlist.

  • Evading Authority, Russian Solfege, and the Downfall of Genres/Binaries: an Interview with Du Yun

    Evading Authority, Russian Solfege, and the Downfall of Genres/Binaries: an Interview with Du Yun

    November 3, 2011

    Composer Du Yun has been a fixture on the ICE scene since our inception; in fact, she was one of the founders of the ensemble. Since then, she's gone on to garner international performances and praise for her highly original work. The New York Times has hailed her as "cutting-edge…to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice,” and Time Out New York has classified her as “...an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge," and mused that "[Du Yun] re-invents herself daily…so does her music”. We're excited to be playing a new work by Du Yun tomorrow night at our FREE ICElab show at The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC). Check out this interview with the composer, conducted by Brianne Galli:

  • Du Yun x Shahzia Sikander @ Mass College of Art

    Du Yun x Shahzia Sikander @ Mass College of Art

    November 1, 2011

    Watch ICElab composer Du Yun perform original music to accompany animations by visual artist Shahzia Sikander. The footage comes from a recent performance at Mass College of Art on October 3, 2011, which was part of an exhibition entitled The Exploding Company Man and Other Abstractions. ICE presents a brand new work by Du Yun on Friday, November 4th as part of our FREE ICElab show at The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC). We hope to see you there!

  • Streaming Glass Clouds

    Streaming Glass Clouds

    October 31, 2011

    Earlier this year, we were deeply saddened to find that a performance of ours at The Southern Theater was canceled due to severe financial difficulties at the venue. We had commissioned several works that we were planning to play during that concert, including two world premieres by ICElab composer Phyllis Chen. We decided that the show needed to happen regardless: we partnered with our friends at Meerkat Media, who filmed us performing the pieces in our rehearsal space, and broadcast them to the world via WQXR.

  • Snapshots from BAC Load In

    Snapshots from BAC Load In

    October 28, 2011

    Here are a few snapshots from ICE's load in at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) on Friday, October 28th:

  • Phyllis Chen on “Chimers”

    Phyllis Chen on “Chimers”

    October 27, 2011

    In anticipation of our upcoming performance of Phyllis Chen's Chimers during our FREE show on November 4th at The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), we thought we'd bring back this recent interview that we conducted with the composer regarding this work. While you're at it, check out this video from the premiere of the piece. Enjoy!

  • Du Yun Interviewed by HuffPost

    Du Yun Interviewed by HuffPost

    October 26, 2011

    We're gearing up for Glass Clouds and Fallen Warriors, a FREE concert featuring the music of ICElab composers Du Yun and Phyllis Chen at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on November 4th. Check out this great recent interview with Du Yun by Daniel J. Kushner of The Huffington Post (view the original published version here):

  • Phyllis Chen - “Chimers” Video

    Phyllis Chen - “Chimers” Video

    October 25, 2011

    Check out this video of ICE presenting the world premiere of ICElab composer Phyllis Chen's piece Chimers (2011) at the 2011 Mostly Mozart Festival. We're looking forward to performing it again as a part of our FREE show at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) on November 4th!

  • Reviews from The Kitchen

    Reviews from The Kitchen

    October 24, 2011

    Many thanks to all who came out to The Kitchen last Thursday and Friday! We had a great time. Check out these reviews from Consequence of Sound and Thomas Deneuville: "It’s not often that I leave a show speechless, feeling a deep desire to merely contemplate what I’ve just heard. The best live music experiences have certainly done this for me, as I walk out wide-eyed into the cool night air and think, What the hell just happened?..." -Consequence of Sound

  • Kitchen Run Begins Tonight! + 20% Discount Tickets + More Rehearsal Shots

    Kitchen Run Begins Tonight! + 20% Discount Tickets + More Rehearsal Shots

    October 20, 2011

    Our two night residency at The Kitchen starts tonight! Join us for an evening of the music of ICElab composers, presented as part of the 2011 SONiC Festival. A 20% discount is available for tickets for BOTH tonight and tomorrow night! Visit http://www.thekitchen.org/event/275/0/1/ to purchase and use the coupon code "icicle". See below for tonight's program details, and for more shots from the rehearsals:

  • Rehearsal Shots from The Kitchen

    Rehearsal Shots from The Kitchen

    October 19, 2011

    We're getting ready for our Kitchen shows tomorrow and Friday...hope to see you there!

  • Steve Lehman: Lenwood & Other Saints Who Roam the Earth (2011)

    Steve Lehman: Lenwood & Other Saints Who Roam the Earth (2011)

    October 11, 2011

    Watch this video from the world premiere of ICElab composer Steve Lehman's Lenwood & Other Saints Who Roam the Earth (2011), taken from one of our Mostly Mozart performances at Lincoln Center this past August. While you are at it, read this thorough guest post from Steve about the piece. We'll be performing Lenwood again during our SONiC Festival show at The Kitchen on Thursday, October 20th - get your tickets today!

  • Guest Post: Marcos Balter on Instability, Variation, and the Beauty of it All

    Guest Post: Marcos Balter on Instability, Variation, and the Beauty of it All

    October 10, 2011

    Here's another ICElab guest post, this one from the phenomenal composer Marcos Balter, on instability, variation, and the beauty of it all:

  • Guest Post: Nathan Davis on “Dowser”

    Guest Post: Nathan Davis on “Dowser”

    October 7, 2011

    Nathan Davis's music brilliantly reflects and expands upon the peculiarities and essential characteristics of instruments and the nature of acoustic phenomena. Here, the composer and ICE percussionist speaks about his piece, Dowser, for bass clarinet and electronics. ICE performs Dowser, along with works by several other ICElab composers, on Friday, October 20th at The Kitchen as a part of the 2011 SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival.

  • Mario Diaz de León: Portals Before Dawn Video

    Mario Diaz de León: Portals Before Dawn Video

    October 6, 2011

    ICElab composer Mario Diaz de León doesn't ever seem to slow down. A few short months ago, we featured an evening of his music as the program for our inagural ICElab concert at LPR, including a staggering new ICElab-commissioned work, Portals Before Dawn. Now, we are told that MDdL plans to release an album of his electronic music in late January on Shinkoyo, the label he co-runs. The release show will be held at The Stone during the last two weeks of the month, which Mario curated for Shinkoyo. Here is some footage from that night, shot by our friends at Meerkat Media. Portals Before Dawn, the incredible ICElab-commissioned work that received it's world premiere that night, begins about 38 minutes into the video.

  • Webern - Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24 (Rehearsal Excerpt)

    Webern - Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24 (Rehearsal Excerpt)

    September 16, 2011

    In anticipation of our upcoming Chance Encounters program at the MCA in Chicago, we are breaking out Anton Webern's Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24. This is an impressive piece of music filled with astonishing symmetries, patterns, and revolutions, all generated from a small amount of material. We'll spare you the details, but all of you curious aficionados can get the scoop from Kathryn Bailey's paper "Symmetry as Nemesis: Webern and the First Movement of the Concerto, Op. 24". Listen to a recording of ICE rehearsing the piece below. For those of you in the Chicago area, don't miss ICE's performance of this piece during our Chance Encounters performance at the MCA on October 5th!

  • An Interview with Patricia Alessandrini

    An Interview with Patricia Alessandrini

    September 7, 2011

    Continuing our series profiling ICElab's 2012 collaborators, digitICE is excited to introduce Patricia Alessandrini, whose abundant musical imagination has us counting down the days until she joins us in the ICElab.

  • Claire Chase plays Nathan Davis’s “pneApnea”

    Claire Chase plays Nathan Davis’s “pneApnea”

    August 25, 2011

    A special treat from the archives today — a video of ICE's founder & flutist Claire Chase performing pneApnea by ICElab composer (and ICE percussionist) Nathan Davis, live from Chicago's Velvet Lounge at the release party for her debut album aliento.

  • Love for lovely Mount Tremper Arts!

    Love for lovely Mount Tremper Arts!

    August 2, 2011

    ICE had the pleasure of visiting the fabulous artist retreat of Mount Tremper Arts in upstate New York last week; take a look at some photos from our time in the Catskills, out of cell phone range but immersed in a beautiful landscape and equally beautiful music.

  • Guest Post: Steve Lehman on “Lenwood & Other Saints Who Roam The Earth”

    Guest Post: Steve Lehman on “Lenwood & Other Saints Who Roam The Earth”

    July 29, 2011

    Today, we feature a guest post from composer Steve Lehman on his new piece Lenwood & Other Saints Who Roam the Earth, a new ICElab commission to be premiered at our late-night Mostly Mozart show on August 11 at the Kaplan Penthouse.

  • Rebekah Heller: Carving a Path for Contemporary Bassoonists Everywhere

    Rebekah Heller: Carving a Path for Contemporary Bassoonists Everywhere

    July 28, 2011

    ICE’s esteemed and totally fabulous bassoonist, Rebekah Heller, is on a mission on behalf of bassoonists everywhere. DigitICE sits down with Rebekah to talk about her exciting new project.

  • Meet Carla Kihlstedt

    Meet Carla Kihlstedt

    July 27, 2011

    Everyone, meet violinist, singer, composer, improviser, experimentalist, and creative mastermind, Carla Kihlstedt. I, Liz Bennett, a member of ICE’s summer intern staff, couldn’t be more excited about her upcoming work with ICE as one of the 2012 ICElab collaborators, and this is why!

  • Interview: Phyllis Chen

    Interview: Phyllis Chen

    July 25, 2011

    Today on digitICE: an interview with 2011 ICElab composer Phyllis Chen, who shares her thoughts about the toy piano, some of her musical philosophy, and the upcoming premiere of her new piece Chimers at the Mostly Mozart Festival. Also, give a listen to Phyllis's piece Munin Raven.

  • From the Archive: On & Off the Page | Peter Evans

    From the Archive: On & Off the Page | Peter Evans

    July 11, 2011

    Though the ICElab program is relatively new, ICE has long championed innovative new music, as with our On & Off the Page from last season, where we partnered with composer-performers who blur the line between written and improvised music. digitICE is proud to present a recording from the On & Off the Page show at (le) Poisson Rouge in March 2010 — Peter Evans's "Eat Your Dead." What's going on with that title? Watch the video to find out (SFW, we promise).

  • ICElab: Hollow Skies now streaming on Q2!

    ICElab: Hollow Skies now streaming on Q2!

    July 6, 2011

    The third in our series of free ICElab concerts at (le) Poisson Rouge from May 31st is now streaming on Q2, featuring world and NYC premieres from ICElab composer Nathan Davis.

  • Photos: The annual roof party at the Delancey!

    Photos: The annual roof party at the Delancey!

    July 5, 2011

    If you were at SummerICE, or missed the party but want to live the night vicariously via photo documentation, this is the blog post for you! Check out these fabulous photos from ICE's annual summer roof party last Tuesday, June 28th at Manhattan's legendary Delancey nightclub. It was quite the fiesta. Photos by Joanne Bouknight.

  • #chaseclaire on NPR

    #chaseclaire on NPR

    June 24, 2011

    For a week NPR Music contributor Laura Pellegrinelli 'chased' ICE flutist & Executive Director Claire Chase. The endeavor culminated in a story which aired earlier this week on NPR's All Things Considered.

  • ICEcast: James Delancey, Du Yun, and empanadas

    ICEcast: James Delancey, Du Yun, and empanadas

    June 23, 2011

    As ICE gears up for its exciting roof party at the Delancey on Tuesday, let us take this opportunity to study an important moment in New York history involving James Delancey, namesake of Delancey Street and our host venue.

  • Tomorrow Night: ICElab @ MCA Chicago!

    Tomorrow Night: ICElab @ MCA Chicago!

    June 3, 2011

    We are really looking forward to our ICElab concert tomorrow night at the MCA! We'll be featuring world and Chicago premieres of music by ICElab composers Marcos Balter, Du Yun, and Nathan Davis.

  • Guest Post: Du Yun _ Music Crushes of the past year

    Guest Post: Du Yun _ Music Crushes of the past year

    June 1, 2011

    When I was asked to write this blog, I realized there are enough posts about me covering my influences of other composers and other influences in my life… So I decide to share with you my music crushes of last year. We all have certain snippets of music that make us cry and laugh. This is how I define my musical crushes: the tracks on my iPod whenever they are on, no matter where I am, they would send me in tears repeatedly, or triggered my adrenaline, in tears, with no fails. Every Single Time. (Sometimes every other time.) At any rate, you know that feeling: the moment something grabs you, you are the happy prey while at the same time, the willing victim.

  • Tonight: ICElab presents “Hollow Skies: Music Of Nathan Davis”, a FREE Show/CD Release @ LPR!

    Tonight: ICElab presents “Hollow Skies: Music Of Nathan Davis”, a FREE Show/CD Release @ LPR!

    May 31, 2011

    Please join us for the final FREE concert of our three-month LPR residency tonight! We'll be featuring world and NYC premieres of music by ICElab composer Nathan Davis, and celebrating the release of his new album, "The Bright And Hollow Sky" via our good friends at New Focus Recordings. We're really excited for this show, and can't wait to share this music with you. Simply scroll down to read a guest post from Nathan, listen to a podcast/interview, and check out a full-lenth mp3 and clips from the forthcoming album!

  • Nathan Davis: “The Mechanics of Escapement”

    Nathan Davis: “The Mechanics of Escapement”

    May 27, 2011

    We are very excited for the forthcoming release of ICElab composer and ICE percussionist Nathan Davis' new album, "The Bright And Hollow Sky", which will be brought to you by our good friends at New Focus Recordings starting this Tuesday, May 31st. We'll be celebrating the release with an evening of Nathan's music, including world and NYC premieres of new pieces, at our final FREE ICElab show next Tuesday evening at LPR. In anticipation of the release, we bring you a full length mp3 of "The Mechanics of Escapement". See below for Nathan's description of the piece, and for streaming audio:

  • Interview: Marcos Balter (by Elly Fishman)

    Interview: Marcos Balter (by Elly Fishman)

    May 26, 2011

    by Elly Fishman I recently sat down with Marcos Balter in his Uptown apartment where I was enthusiastically greeted by both Marcos and his dog, Colin. It was a beautiful day in Chicago and spring fever seemed to have finally settled into the air. Marcos, an ebullient spirit, took time from his 3-deadline week (!), to discuss everything from his favorite Chicago spots to his enduring philosophies of music.

  • ICEcast: Nathan Davis

    ICEcast: Nathan Davis

    May 25, 2011

    We recently sat down with ICElab composer Nathan Davis to discuss his writing process, on the eve of the release of his new album on New Focus Recordings, The Bright and Hollow Sky. In this episode of the ICEcast, Nathan tells us about composing for his friends in ICE, pulling inspiration from author Italo Calvino, dadaist Hugo Ball, and Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert, in addition to what it's like for a professional percussionist & composer to try to make notes on a bassoon.

  • Guest Post: Shahzia Sikander on “The Last Post”

    Guest Post: Shahzia Sikander on “The Last Post”

    May 23, 2011

    We are kicking off this week with a guest post from the amazing artist Shahzia Sikander. In the paragraphs below, Sikander discusses her collaboration with ICElab composer Du Yun, The Last Post, which will receive its Chicago premiere during our ICElab concert at the MCA on June 4th. Don't sleep!

  • Nathan Davis: “The Bright And Hollow Sky” - Streaming Clips via New Focus Recordings

    Nathan Davis: “The Bright And Hollow Sky” - Streaming Clips via New Focus Recordings

    May 19, 2011

    This blog has been abuzz about ICElab composer Nathan Davis for days - we are anxiously anticipating his May 31st New York show (the final concert of our three-month residency at LPR) on and his contributions to our June 4th show at the MCA in Chicago. We're pleased to report today that New Focus Recordings has posted clips from Nathan's upcoming album, The Bright And Hollow Sky, which will be released on May 31st (same day as the LPR show, which is FREE)! The piece "Like Sweet Bells Jangled" is included as a part of the larger work Bells, which will receive its Chi-town premiere at the upcoming MCA show.

  • Du Yun: “Air Glow” for 5 Trumpets + Laptop

    Du Yun: “Air Glow” for 5 Trumpets + Laptop

    May 18, 2011

    ICElab composer Du Yun's piece "Air Glow" was recently posted in the fifth issue of the Art & Culture Magazine Glasschord. Commissioned by the 2006 Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), this composition for 5 trumpets + laptop is a must listen.

  • Steve Lehman ICElab Show Streaming on Q2!

    Steve Lehman ICElab Show Streaming on Q2!

    May 17, 2011

    Our April ICElab show featuring music by Steve Lehman (the second performance in our three concert ICElab Residency at LPR) is now streaming on Q2. Watch it in HD (or just listen via the audio player) now! If you think Steve's work is as amazing as we do, we highly suggest that you investigate this guest post and this podcast/interview. And, if you want more, Q2 is also still streaming our inaugural LPR residency concert, featuring music by Mario Diaz De León. Watch the concert in its entirety here. For those of you in the New York area (or anywhere close by, for that matter), don't miss the final concert of our ICElab residency: Hollow Skies: Music of Nathan Davis on Tuesday, May 31st!

  • Marcos Balter on Musical Identity and Sensibilities

    Marcos Balter on Musical Identity and Sensibilities

    May 16, 2011

    Happy Monday, everyone! Take a peek at these videos from ICElab composer Marcos Balter, originally posted by our friends at Meet The Composer, in which Marcos discusses his musical identity and sensibilities.

  • Du Yun + Phil Moffa + Gareth Flowers

    Du Yun + Phil Moffa + Gareth Flowers

    May 13, 2011

    In less than a month, we'll be presenting an amazing concert at the MCA in Chicago featuring music by ICElab composers Marcos Balter, Nathan Davis, and Du Yun. We have a long working history with Du Yun and are thrilled to premiere her latest piece, The Last Post, which will accompany video by artist Shahzia Sikander. Du Yun is a woman of many hats - those of you who have heard her latest release under her pop diva alter ego, duYun, know exactly what we mean. Those of you who haven't...well, you absolutely should; Shark In You is out now on the New Focus Recordings imprint. We urge you to check out these great vids from recent rehearsals and performances by Du Yun, DJ Phil Moffa, and trumpeter Gareth Flowers - their current collaboration is laying the groundwork for the upcoming world premiere of Angel's Bone (featuring ICE) at the Mann Center this September.

  • Guest Post: Nathan Davis on “On Speaking a Hundred Names”

    Guest Post: Nathan Davis on “On Speaking a Hundred Names”

    May 12, 2011

    Below we have yet another illuminating guest post, this one from ICElab composer and ICE percussionist Nathan Davis, who we've been covering recently. We hope you enjoy this unique insight into the composer's process in preparing music for our upcoming Chicago and New York premieres, as well as his musings on the peculiarities and essential characteristics of instruments, the nature of acoustic phenomena, and the way in which he gets acquainted with it all.

  • Guest Post: Marcos Balter Discusses “Æsopica”

    Guest Post: Marcos Balter Discusses “Æsopica”

    May 11, 2011

    We have a very special guest post from Chicago-based ICElab composer Marcos Balter. In the video below, Marcos discusses his new song cycle “Æsopica”, which will receive its Chicago premiere during our June 4th ICElab concert at the MCA ($10 student tickets are available, make your reservations today!). He also talks about the challenges of making work accessible, in the tradition of Aesop, to audiences of all ages while still making contemporary and boundary-pushing music. Enjoy!

  • Nathan Davis: “Bells” Explained

    Nathan Davis: “Bells” Explained

    May 10, 2011

    Nathan Davis' "Bells" is one of the most interesting and fun pieces we've had the opportunity to perform recently, and we can't wait to bring it to the MCA in Chicago on June 4th! The piece, which is site-specific and involves the audience as co-composers (make sure you bring your cell phones), was premiered at the opening of the 2011 Tullyscope Festival recently to great effect. In characteristic digitICE fashion, we bring you words directly from the composer. Here are Nathan Davis' notes on the piece.

  • Mario Diaz De León ICElab Show Streaming on Q2!

    Mario Diaz De León ICElab Show Streaming on Q2!

    May 9, 2011

    Our recent ICElab show featuring music by Mario Diaz De León (which was the inaugural performance in our ongoing ICElab Residency at LPR) was an amazing experience for everyone involved. Now, thanks to our good friends at Q2, you can watch the concert in its entirety via streaming HD video (audio-only also available). Check it out!

  • Shahzia Sikander in Conversation with MoMa Director Glenn Lowry

    Shahzia Sikander in Conversation with MoMa Director Glenn Lowry

    May 5, 2011

    We are very excited to for the upcoming world premiere of ICElab composer Du Yun's new work, The Last Post, on June 4th at the MCA in Chicago. The Last Post will be music for film by internationally renowned artist Shahzia Sikander. Watch this illuminating conversation between Ms. Sikander and MoMa director Glenn Lowry: