International Contemporary Ensemble – OpenICE at Roulette with Maria Stankova & Sasha Siem

Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 8:00 pm


International Contemporary Ensemble

International Contemporary Ensemble – OpenICE at Roulette with Maria Stankova & Sasha Siem

Tuesday, December 3, 2013. 8:00 pm

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, Maria Stankova and Sasha Siem, at Roulette. Maria Stankova’s piece for 6 players employs algorithms and large-scale non-linear processes as a jumping off point for an experimentation with structure and multiple streams of perception. Her project will also explore the possibilities of listening that the combination of intuition and chance can engender. Sasha Siem’s evening-length song cycle features her remarkable vocal talents integrated with delicate orchestrations featuring seven ICE musicians.

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.

Maria Stankova is a Bulgarian composer/vocalist/improviser whose works have explored the power of the human voice as an intermediary between meaning and sense, the visual representations of sound as a resource for creating flexible sonic objects and shapes, the possibilities of extended timbre, and the direct interaction between electronic and acoustic sound. Her work often incorporates the use of speech, movement, and interactive electronics with a strong emphasis on the physicality of sound production and the acoustic properties of space.

Sasha Siem is a British-Norwegian composer and singer-songwriter currently living in New York. Over the past few years she has written music for various ensembles and festivals (London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Opera North, The Aldeburgh Festival, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart, The London Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic Orchestra etc.), and participated in a range of collaborations with dancers (Ballet Rambert), electro-artists (Samson, bpitch-control), rock musicians (Mike from Incubus), and poets (Jen Bervin).

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.