From International Contemporary Ensemble: “ICE at Resonant Bodies Festival TONIGHT!” and Future Events

From International Contemporary Ensemble

Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Roulette Intermedium
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11217

Roulette Intermedium

$25 door / $20 online

ICE returns to Resonant Bodies Festival, the premiere presenter for experimentally virtuosic vocalists from all sides of the concert world. Closing night of Resonant Bodies begins with German soprano Sarah Maria Sun collaborating with ICE on works by Georges Aperghis, Rebecca Saunders, Thierry Tidrow, and Màtyàs Seiber; the legendary San Francisco-based Pamela Z will perform a number of her compositions for voice and electronics; and renowned composer/soprano and 2014 Resonant Bodies Festival performer Gelsey Bell returns.

In Plain Air, a World Premiere, at 2018 Fringe Festival in Philadelphia!

ICE in rehearsal at Christ Church (photo credit: Plate 3)

September 22 at 1 pm
September 22 at 3:30 pm
September 22 at 6 pm
September 23 at 3:30 pm
September 23 at 6 pm

Christ Church Philadelphia
20 N American St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tickets free at door. Limited seating available. Guaranteed seating with $2 advanced reservations using the date links above.

Premiere performances of In Plain Air are presented by Christ Church Preservation Trust in partnership with FringeArts as part of the 2018 Fringe Festival.

A 3,000-pipe organ, centuries-old bells as they are heard in the belfry, an orchestra of pipe whistles, community-built music boxes: the sounds of In Plain Air carry the audience through the campus and history of one the nation’s most historic sites.

As Christ Church installed its C.B. Fisk pipe organ—the latest in a 300-year history of grand church organs within the space—it invited members of acclaimed artist collective International Contemporary Ensemble to inaugurate the new instrument with a program of original compositions featuring Parker Kitterman, organ. Composers Phyllis Chen (known for her work with hand-wound music boxes and toy pianos) and Nathan Davis (a percussionist fascinated by the mechanics of instruments) immersed themselves in the sound-making possibilities of the church’s organ, bells, and open spaces, as well as the history and public role of the venerable institution.

The resulting multi-movement program unites the historic bell tolls of “The Nation’s Church,” the majesty of the intricately constructed organ, and the Ensemble’s characteristic focus on place and community into a one-of-a-kind sonic experience—a worthy welcome to an instrument that will continue to ring in the ears of visitors for the next 300 years.

Chen, Davis, and International Contemporary Ensemble are in residence at Christ Church throughout 2018. Follow the project here.

In Plain Air was commissioned by the Christ Church Preservation Trust for the International Contemporary Ensemble and Parker Kitterman.

Major support for In Plain Air has been provided to Christ Church Preservation Trust by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and Arthur Judson Foundation.

Vault Allure in Jersey City with Nokia Bell Labs

Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Riverview Park
Historic Holland Street, Palisade Avenue at Bowers Street, Jersey City Heights
Food and drinks available for purchase

Vault Allure’s final installation for 2018, featuring ICE with Nokia Bell Labs, is happening this Saturday! Also appearing are Seth Cluett Experiments in Art & Technology, Idan Morim Quartet, Maya & Downright Iridescent. Presented by the Statuary, Nokia Bell Labs and Riverview Neighborhood Association.

ICE’s latest album, composer Anthony Cheung’s Cycles and Arrows, is out on New Focus Recordings! Featuring studio and live recordings from ICE, the album also includes some of our favorite chamber groups, and solo turns by Claire Chase and Maiya Papach. Go to New Focus’s purchase page for preview audio and high-quality downloads!


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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
Alice Teyssier, flute*

  • ICE musician


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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