OpenICE is a free monthly series exploring the work of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), named “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” (New York Times), in unpretentious and intimate environments.
Ensemble members perform and muse on various pieces from the ICE repertoire, after which a guest speaker from outside the music realm leads a conversation with the audience.
This month, Constellation in Roscoe Village is the latest venue for the series and is being co-presented as part of their regular Frequency series. Cellist Michael Nicolas and composer Jaime Oliver offer a program of cello/machine music, featuring works spanning 50 years by electronic pioneer Mario Davidovsky, Steve Reich, Annie Gosfield, and two world premieres by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Oliver, written for this special collaboration.
After the concert, Michael and Jaime will be in conversation with Shane Larson, a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, and an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries, and the galaxy.
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms no. 3
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Transitions (WORLD PREMIERE)
Steve Reich: Cello Counterpoint
Annie Gosfield: Burn Again Over a Low Blue Flame
Jaime Oliver: New Work for cello + electronics (WORLD PREMIERE)
Shane Larson is a research associate professor of physics at Northwestern University, where he is a member of CIERA (Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics), and an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium. He works in the field of gravitational wave astrophysics, specializing in studies of compact stars, binaries, and the galaxy. He works in gravitational wave astronomy with both the ground-based LIGO project, and future space-based detectors for NASA. He contributes regularly to a public science blog at writescience.wordpress.com, and tweets with the handle @sciencejedi.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.
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