From International Contemporary Ensemble: ‘Calling all David Lynch fans!” Concerts

From International Contemporary Ensemble

Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway Suite

Olga Neuwirth – Photo by Marion Kalter

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00 PM
EMPAC: The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY, 12180

Calling all David Lynch fans! Composer Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway Suite is derived from her opera of the same name, itself inspired by David Lynch’s cult classic film. Mixing live performance with electronic sounds, Lost Highway Suite creates a hallucinatory experience that echoes the warped plotline and surreal characters of the Lynch epic.

Anna Thorvaldsdottir Portrait at Zeit Genuss

Anna Thorvaldsdottír by Saga Sigurdardottir courtesy of the subject

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Karlsruhe, Germany

Music in Conversation Panel, 4:00 PM
University of Music Karlsruhe
CampusOne – Schloss Gottesaue
Genuit Hall
Free, registration requested

Portrait Concert, 7:30 PM
University of Music Karlsruhe
CampusOne – Schloss Gottesaue
Thomas Renner Foye
Tickets here

Curated by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the sixth annual Zeit Genuss Festival features works by Anna, as well as works of those who inspire her. Cory Smythe and Anna Thorvaldsdottir will speak on a panel about contemporary music, and ICE plays on her portrait concert, featuring works for piano and strings.

“Wild stuff that calls on you to be up for the task.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Du Yun Pulitzer Prize winner by Matthew Jelacic

We just released an album on ICE’s in-house label, Tundra, with Pulitzer Prize-winner Du Yun. Du Yun is a longtime friend and creative partner, and Dinosaur Scar includes some of our earliest collaborations. Take a listen on Spotify, iTunes, or catch some of these tracks live at Miller Theater in November!

ICE at the University of Michigan

Thursday, October 18, through Saturday, October 20
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
1100 Baits Drive
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

Artistic Directors Rebekah Heller and Ross Karre return to the University of Michigan to collaborate with composer and multi-instrumentalist, and MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey.

Tyshawn Sorey, courtesy of the artist

Keep an eye out for performances on- and off-campus featuring works by Pauline Oliveros, Nathan Davis, and Mario Diaz De Leon. And don’t worry if you miss us this time — ICE will be at Michigan four times this year!

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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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