OpenICE at Roulette Three weeks of radical new projects by emerging composers, commissioned, produced and performed by ICE, presented by Roulette, Brooklyn’s home for new music.
All three OpenICE concerts are FREE
December 3: Maria Stankova & Sasha Siem December 10: Martin Hiendl & Monica Duncan December 17: Daniel Dehaan & Felipe Lara
ICElab presents 2013 collaborators, Daniel Dehaan and Felipe Laraat Roulette. Daniel Dehaan’s project is an evening-length piece adapted for large indoor spaces where the audience’s attention is diverted (with lights and sound manipulations) to small instrumental ensembles positioned throughout the space during the performance. Felipe Lara’s work is an evening-length piece for ICE, Tran(scribe), in which he begins with the improvised gestures of the individual musicians of ICE and transforms them, through transcription and electronic manipulation into a cohesive form and structure.
Inspired by a decade of emerging artist commissions, ICElab channels our best composer/performer collaborations into a radical model for developing new music.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and pursuing groundbreaking strategies for audience engagement. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions, the bulk of them by emerging composers, in venues ranging from New York’s Lincoln Center and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to galleries, bars, clubs, and schools around the world. The ensemble has released acclaimed albums on the Bridge, Naxos, Tzadik and New Focus labels, with forthcoming releases on Nonesuch, Kairos and Mode. With leading support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ICE launched ICElab in early 2011. This new program places teams of ICE musicians in close collaboration with six emerging composers each year to develop works that push the boundaries of musical exploration. ICElab projects will be featured in more than twenty performances each season and documented online through DigitICE, a new online venue. iceorg.org
The music of Chicago based composer Daniel R. Dehaanemerges from an ever evolving sound palate, while his compositional language maintains a humanistic physicality, drawing gestural guidance from the natural movements of the body. His works have evoked feelings of distant familiarity, violence, intimacy, and meditative tranquillity. Recently his studies have begun reaching across the lines of linguistics, cognitive-sciences, and computer programming environments to explore possible paths to the discovery of meaningful structures within sounds.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Lara’smusic has been recently described as “brilliant” by The New York Times, and has been performed in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxemburg, Switzerland, and the United States by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Camerata Aberta, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, Ex Novo Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum (Peter Eötvös), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His work has been presented at Acanthes (France), Ars Musica (Belgium), Darmstadt (Germany), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Europalia (Belgium), Festival for Festival for Contemporary Music (Tanglewood), Festival Musica Nova (Sao Paulo), Luxembourg Philharmonie, and Teatro La Fenice (Venice). felipelara.com
ICElab is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, alongside generous funding from the Greenwall Foundation, the Creative Capital Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the French American Cultural Exchange, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Kate Stenberg, violin
Rick Shinozaki, violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Kathryn Bates Williams, cello
San Francisco’s Del Sol String Quartet returns to Ear Heart Music with Peradam, an object that is revealed only to those who seek it. Del Sol searches for truth through the sonic aesthetics and emotions of Cambodia, Estonia, throat-singing and the night club. The program features the New York premiere of Mason Bates’Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica (2012) as well as These Memories May Be True (2012) by Lembit Beecher,Peradam (2012) by Ken Ueno, and Spiral X (in memoriam) for amplified string quartet (2007) by Chinary Ung.
The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse. As musical innovators Del Sol has commissioned new music from the brightest living voices around the world, from Mason Bates, Gabriela Lena Frank, Chinary Ung, Mohammed Fairouz, Tania Leon, Peter Sculthorpe, Per Norgard and others. Since its inception in 1992 at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Quartet has worked its magic performing on prominent concert series worldwide, including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Smithsonian Museum and National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Symphony Space (NYC), Other Minds Festival (San Francisco), Davos and Hirzenberg Music Festivals (Switzerland), Chengdu Festival of Contemporary Music Chengdu (China), and more. Del Sol’s five commercial CD releases have been universally praised by critics, including Gramophone, which hailed the quartet as “masters of all musical things,” and The Strad, which lauded the ensemble’s “gloriously opulent, full-throated tone.” delsolquartet.com
Ear Heart Music
“… a feisty contemporary-classical concert series” –The New York Times
A showcase of highly talented and adventurous performers, composers, and collaborative artists, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. “Embracing a landscape where cross-genre collaboration is not the exception or a special occasion but the rule and standard operating procedure, this contemporary chamber music series, organized by the flutist Amelia Lukas, keeps up its high ambitions with a season at Roulette full of new and recent compositions” (The New York Times).
Ear Heart Music “has become a staple in the New York new music soundscape” (Time Out New York). Its thoughtfully designed programs highlighting recent masterworks stimulate creative thought and instill new avenues of perspective in the listener. The consistent level of intelligent and inspiring music-making resonates in the mind and body. Shows include electronic processing, performance art, visual art, film, and dance, providing deeper context for the music. Unique artist pairings, diverse programming, and the integral incorporation of new work all contribute to Ear Heart Music playing a major role in reshaping the chamber music landscape for the 21st century.
Since September 2009, Ear Heart Music has produced over 75 unique concerts with over 60 world premieres. The 2013-14 season features the debut of the Ear Heart Music Ensemble, star vocalists Lucy Shelton and Hai-Ting Chinn, two cutting edge dance companies, three star string quartets, two chamber operas, six world premieres, and numerous multimedia extravaganzas.
Upcoming on Ear Heart Music
February 18, 2014: Aeolus Quartet – Appalachian Portraits
Praised by Strad Magazine for their “high-octane” performance, the Aeolus Quartet has been snatching up prize after prize for their powerful and insightful playing. This program features the newly appointed Juilliard graduate resident string quartet performing selections from their highly acclaimed CD Many Sided Music. Capturing an irresistible and bittersweet Americana flavor, Aeolus will perform Steven Snowden‘s Appalachian Poloroids alongside premiere projections of the controversial portrait photography of Guggenheim Fellow, Shelby Lee Adams.
March 11, 2014: Aventa Ensemble – Strange News
Victoria’s unstoppable Aventa Ensemble is back in its most ambitious New York program to date, featuring the New York premiere of Rolf Wallin‘s multimedia commentary on child soldiers, Strange News. Wallin and Ugandan actor Arthur Kisenyi join Aventa in the presentation of this work which includes video, live electronics, surround sound, and the participation of local media. The Birmingham Post called the piece an “awe-inspiring… compassionate and totally involving creation… a War Requiem for the modern day, one which held the audience stunned – until the standing ovation at the end.” The US premiere of Michael Osterle‘s Le Contrat Social balances the program.
April 22, 2014: American Opera Projects & the American Modern Ensemble with Hai-Ting Chinn
This performance features two world premieres in a pairing of provocative chamber opera dealing with the duality and interconnectedness of spirituality and sexuality: Wanton Sublime by Tarik O’Regan, and The Companion by Robert Paterson. The “comprehensive and nuanced” (culturebot) Mallory Catlett directs.
May 6, 2014: Concert Black (with members of Ethel, Dal Niente, Color Field Ensemble and Mivos Quartet) – Email Songs
The world premiere of Robert Honstein‘s Email Songs with a world-class ensemble.
June 2014: Momenta Quartet – Ghost Opera
In a rare performance of Tan Dun‘s Ghost Opera for string quartet and pipa with water, metal, stones, and paper, new music veterans the Momenta Quartet recall the haunting magic of Chinese peasant shamans. The composer describes this work as a reflection on human spirituality, too often buried in the bombardment of urban culture and the rapid advances of technology.
For World Holocaust Remembrance Day, pianist Jeanne Golan and stage and television actor David Garrison present Sonatas & Stories: an evening of solo and collaborative works by Jewish-Viennese composer Viktor Ullmann, a lifelong advocate of new music who perished at Auschwitz. A leading composer of his generation and a gifted pianist, Ullmann (1898-1944), who was mentored by Arnold Schoenberg, created an original body of work that embraced the Classical tradition, the folk music of his Austro-Czech identity, and the cutting-edge artistic innovations of his age in his large body of piano sonatas and stunning Rilke-based monodrama for piano and speaker. While interned by the Nazis at Terezin, the “model” work camp used as a front to fool the Allied Forces about the existence of the concentration camps, Ullmann heroically endeavored to use his artistic gifts to provide a semblance of normalcy under grim circumstance among the interned.
In showcasing the powerful works of Viktor Ullmann, longtime friends and neighbors Golan and Garrison, sharing the stage for the first time, come together to celebrate the irrepressible power of an original voice of the Twentieth Century, and provide a forum for remembrance and to reaffirm the determination to live life fully, exuberantly, and with art – or in Goethe’s maxim, which was a favorite of Ullmann: Live within the moment, live in eternity.
Pianist Jeanne Golan has been praised by The New York Times for her “technically polished and superbly expressive” performances. Her repertoire reflects her active involvement in the fostering of works by new composers and discovering relatively unknown musical treasures. Golan has recorded under the Steinway&Sons/Arkiv, Albany, Capstone, ArsisAudio and Newport Classic labels, and performed at such venues as Carnegie and Merkin Halls and the Ravinia Festival. She has collaborated with the Philip Glass Ensemble, American Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Lark Quartet. Recently, in her debut at the Ravinia Festival, Golan performed piano works of Viktor Ullmann whose complete sonatas she has subsequently recorded. She holds degrees from Eastman and Yale and is a professor at SUNY-Nassau. Jeanne Golan is a Steinway Artist. jeannegolan.com
Award-winning actor David Garrison is familiar to television and theatre audiences alike. His TV roles range from Steve Rhoades on the long-running television series Married with Children to guest appearances on such popular shows as The Good Wife, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Everybody Love Raymond, Murder She Wrote, Murphy Brown and the PBS Great Performances presentation of On the Town with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony. Garrison’s Broadway credits include A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and Titanic (and their original cast albums). Of his work in By the Way Meet Vera Stark, Ben Brantley of The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Garrison is perfect.” davidgarrison.com
“People who don’t know them often assume that the Tone Road Ramblers must be strumming, boot-wearing, good ole country boys. The Ramblers get a kick out of that, like kids do when they urge someone to catch a running refrigerator.” –Off the Charts
Stretching out across the wide landscape between the paths of the classical avant-garde and free improvisation, the Tone Road Ramblers have been taking a wild ride across on their own road of experimentation for over thirty years. Each Rambler – a virtuoso technician of his instrument of the highest order – contributes his idiosyncratic approach to extended techniques, microtonality, and draws from influences and interests in diverse musical traditions. But the Tone Road Ramblers are, above all, lifelong friends who have embarked together on the great journey of expression, open collaboration, and spontaneous discovery in reaching for a broad range of human experiences of ramblers, outlaws, and heroes alike.
The Tone Road Ramblers are Ron Coulter, John Fonville, Eric Mandat, Morgan Powell, Ray Sasaki, Howie Smith, and Jim Staley.
The Tone Road Ramblers gave its first concert in April 1981 in New York City at Roulette. Since then the group has performed across the United States, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Tampa, Miami, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Urbana, and Austin. In the 1990s, TRR was invited to present concerts at the International Festivals of New Music in Bucharest, Romania and Latvia during the 1990′s. In 1997, the group performed at Merkin Hall, NYC, and at the International Trombone Festival at Urbana, Illinois. In their 4-decade long career, TRR have recorded two LPs and nine CDs, and the group continues to meet and rehearse at Ragdale Foundation at Lake Forest, Illinois, each year for the purpose of exploring new ideas for improvisations and composition. morganpowellmusic.com/trr