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 Lara at 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.
The music of Chicago based composer Daniel R. Dehaan emerges 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’s music 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).
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.