From Cued Up on Q2:”ICELab with Mario Diaz de León Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 30, 2011″
Mario Diaz de León
“Dazzling electronics, visceral drones and extended techniques mingle in the otherworldly works of Mario Diaz de León. Expertly handled by the illustrious members of ICE, listen to their exciting portrait of this composer from (Le) Poisson Rouge here on Cued Up.
MDdL’s music is clearly its own language, with a whirlwind of textures and ancient-sounding note-choice all wrapped up into one hallucinatory package. If you listen closely, it owes a debt to some pretty disparate worlds; Romanian spectral composers/magicians like Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, American noise artists like Wolf Eyes and Sejayno, and obscure Algerian flute music have all been cited as music that MDdL checks out on a serious level. It’s one thing to reference “diverse influences” in one’s music, but MDdL actually synthesizes it in a meaningful way.
Hosted by Ann Heppermann, listen in this Sunday at 2 p.m. to hear ICE navigate a set of works titled Mansion Cycle for two alto flutes, percussion, and stereo electronics; a bass clarinet and electronics duo called The Soul is the Arena; and a world premiere, Portals Before Dawn, for flute in C, alto flute, clarinet / bass clarinet, piano, synthesizer and percussion.
After you visit these sites and view these concerts, feel free to visit the ICE web site and “buy a ticket” to the concert by making a contribution.
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