From ICE: Upcoming Events

International Contemporary Ensemble

ICE Plays at Christ Church for the Franklin Institute Science Festival in Philadelphia


Friday, April 27, 3:00 – 5:00pm, special performance at 7:00pm
Christ Church Preservation Trust
20 North American Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106

Join Franklin Institute science educators, C.B. Fisk organ builders, and members of ICE as we explore the science of Christ Church’s newly installed pipe organ!

Drop-in activities include opportunities to make and visualize musical sounds, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanical-action pipe organ. The artists of the ICE, in residence for the year-long project In Plain Air, will engage participants in setting up for a performance of composer Alvin Lucier’s Sizzles—together we’ll find locations in the Christ Church sanctuary where percussion instruments, layered with dried beans or grains, will vibrate sympathetically with the organ.

This youth and family-focused program runs from 3:00 to 5:00pm. Participants are invited to return for a FREE public performance of Sizzles at 7:00pm.

Major support for In Plain Air is has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

Phyllis Chen, keyboards
Eric Derr, Ross Karre, and Levy Lorenzo, percussion

A Collaboration with Artist Jamilah Sabur at Bas Fisher International in Miami


Friday, May 11, 8:00pm
Bas Fisher Invitational
100 Northeast 11th Street
Miami, FL, 33132

Claire Chase and Ross Karre of ICE go to the renowned gallery in Miami for an intimate performance FREE alongside groundbreaking works of art!

Beneath the rivers, there are no borders is a performance by Jamilah Sabur with music by the International Contemporary Ensemble. Divided into sequences, Sabur takes a formalist approach structuring her choreography based on the geographic spaces of the mouths of rivers in between terrestrial and marine environments. The St. Johns River in Florida is crying and calling on the São Francisco River in Brazil. With gestures occurring above the river and below, Sabur considers what it is to morph into sub-sonar soundwaves, used by sub-sonar profilers to detect reflections of waves off sediments and items on and below the seafloor. Collaborators include dancers: Roxana Barba and Grace Bishop; poet: Terri Witek; ICE; and set designer Freddy Jouwayed.

In addition to this special collaboration, Claire Chase plays Felipe Lara’s Meditation and Calligraphy, and Ross Karre plays Pauline Oliveros’s Applebox Double!

BFI is an artist run space dedicated to creativity, experimentation, and discourse in contemporary art. It aims to create a bridge between Miami and the International art world by curating a program that alternates between the local and the global. BFI is committed to building the Miami arts community by offering support for artist projects, in particular, WEIRD MIAMI, a platform for exhibitions and public programming that takes a behind the scenes look at the city and its artistic offerings. BFI is a not-for-profit funded primarily by grants, donations, and the sale of print editions.

ICEcommons Presents Radical 2 | Call for New Works of Electro-Acoustic Theater


Sunday, May 6, 7:00pm
Spectrum NYC
70 Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Sullivan: Swarm for lightbots and percussion
Aperghis: Le Corps à Corps for solo speaking percussionist
Burkhardt: Simulcast for two speaking percussionist
Lorenzo: Brain Change for 4 hacked joysticks
Radical2: SD-6 for small percussion and delay pedals
Applebaum: Aphasia for solo performer

The Radical 2 percussion duo is teaming up with the International Contemporary Ensemble to announce a call for new works of electro-acoustic theater for two performers, to be performed in the 2018-19 season. To celebrate this open call for submissions on, Radical 2 will share a diverse program from a wide range of theater music composers such as Rick Burkhardt, Mark Applebaum, Georges Aperghis, and Radical 2 themselves as performer/composers.

Radical 2 (Levy Lorenzo // Dennis Sullivan) is a performance duo based in Brooklyn, NY. Grounded in the tradition of contemporary classical percussion, Radical 2 extends this practice by exploring performances that incorporate theatrical vocal and dramatic techniques while deploying new prototype electronics.

Meet Radical 2:
Laura Steenberg – Perseus Slays the Gorgon Medusa
Jesse Marino – Endless Shrimp

See the full article here .

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE was featured at the Ojai Music Festival from 2015 to 2017, and at recent festivals abroad such as gmem-CNCM-marseille and Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Mexico City. Other performance stages have included the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and enables a working process with composers to unfold in public settings. DigitICE, a free online library of over 350 streaming videos, catalogues the ensemble’s performances. ICE’s First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side education program, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together; inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People’s Music School in Chicago. Summer activities include Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in which young professionals perform with ICE and attend workshops on topics from interpretation to concert production. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE. Read more at

Claire Chase, Founder*

William McDaniel, Executive Director
Rebekah Heller, co-Artistic Director*
Ross Karre, co-Artistic Director and Director of*
Jacob Greenberg, Director of Recordings and Digital Outreach*
Levy Lorenzo, Engineer and Technical Director*
Ryan Muncy, Director of Institutional Giving and co-Director, OpenICE*
Joshua Rubin, Artistic Director Emeritus*
Karla Brom, General Manager
Maciej Lewandowski, Director of Production
Bridgid Bergin, Development Associate

  • ICE musician


Alice Teyssier, flute
Bridget Kibbey, harp
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Claire Chase, flute
Cory Smythe, piano
Dan Peck, tuba
Daniel Lippel, guitar
David Bowlin, violin
David Byrd-Marrow, horn
Erik Carlson, violin
Gareth Flowers, trumpet
Jacob Greenberg, piano
James Austin Smith, oboe
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Josh Modney, violin and viola
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Katinka Kleijn, cello
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Kyle Armbrust, viola
Levy Lorenzo, percussion
Maiya Papach, viola
Michael Nicolas, cello
Mike Lormand, trombone
Nathan Davis, percussion
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer
Nicholas Masterson, oboe
Nuiko Wadden, harp
Peter Evans, trumpet
Peter Tantsits, tenor
Phyllis Chen, piano
Randall Zigler, bass
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Steven Schick, Artist-in-Residence
Tony Arnold, soprano
Wendy Richman, viola

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