8:00 PM20:00

ICE at Hidejiro Honjo at the Japan Society

Listen to Hidejiro Honjoh, young shamisen prodigy and disciple of Hidetaro Honjoh, create this traditional instrument's 21st-century voice in an evening featuring living composers from the U.S. and Japan. Joined by members of the most sought-after contemporary music group International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Hidejiro delivers three world premieres composed by Grammy-nominee Vijay IyerNathan Davis and Yu Kuwabara. The program also includes pieces by Yuji Takahashi and Dai Fujikura, along with the U.S. premiere of the full score of Scott Johnson's Up and Back for shamisen, electric guitar, cello and piano. 

Piano: Phyllis Chen
Dulcimer/Percussion: Nathan Davis
Bassoon: Rebekah Heller
Cello: Katinka Kleijn
Electric Guitar: Scott Johnson

More info here: https://www.japansociety.org/event/hidejiro-honjoh-x-ice-shamisen-evolution

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3:00 PM15:00


EntICE, ICE's education program of collaborations with youth orchestras around the country, continues with our inaugural partnership with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.  This concert will be the culmination of several visits to the orchestra, during which ICE members lend their expertise and leadership in the process of creating a brand-new commissioned work, to be performed side by side with the student players.  Stay tuned for details.

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8:00 PM20:00


Addressing themes that range from darkness and isolation to perception and discovery, Ann Cleare has an uncanny ability to translate our innermost experiences and emotions through music. But the spatial and visual aspects of sound excite her, too, as in the multi-dimensional eyam iv (Pluto’s Farthest Moons). International Contemporary Ensemble presents some of the young Irish composer’s most striking works, including the square of yellow light that is your window, inspired by fellow Irish artist Oscar Wilde.

Dorchadas for ensemble
the square of yellow light that is your window for alto saxophone, piano, electric guitar, and percussion
New Work for voice, bassoon, viola, cello, bass, and guitar  
eyam iv for contrabass flute and ensemble

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8:00 PM20:00

ICE @ Amherst

ICE continues our tour of excellent New England colleges with this short residency at Amherst.  The visit will culminate with a concert featuring Wojtek Blecharz's Music for Invisible Places—an OpenICE commission—and Pauline Oliveros's Environmental Dialogue, an ICE specialty.  

More info here: https://www.iceorg.org/events/2017/9/6/event-title-njzmj

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to Jun 11

ICE @ The Ojai Music Festival

June 8 to June 11, 2017
Multiple Venues in Ojai, California

Rebekah joins ICE for its third consecutive summer at Ojai! Featured will be the World Premiere of a new bassoon and electronics piece called Labrys, by Mario Diaz de Leon.

2017 Festival programming will also feature the world premiere of a commissioned violin concerto by Vijay Iyer for violinist Jennifer Koh; the West Coast premiere of George Lewis’ Afterword: The AACM (as) Opera, based on his award-winning book A Power Stronger than Itself; Stravinsky’s Le Sacré du Printemps in a new arrangement for ICE by Cliff Colnot; and Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi – film by Prashant Bhargava with music by Vijay Iyer, performed with ICE.

more info HERE

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to May 13

Silent Voices - ICE + BYC

  • Howard Gilman Opera House (map)
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May 12 and May 13 at 7:30 PM

Continuing its fruitful collboration with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, ICE presents two evenings of premieres inspired by the plight of refugees across the world.  Composers include Jeff Beal, Rhiannon Giddens, Alicia Hall Moran, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Nico Muhly, Toshi Reagon, Caroline Shaw and others, with writing by Hilton Als and Claudia Rankine.

More info here

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8:00 PM20:00

Abrons OpenICE | Wojtek Blecharz Preview

Abrons Arts Center Experimental Theatre
466 Grand St.
New York, NY 10002
FREE with reservation

Wojtek Blecharz, a longtime associate of ICE and a gifted composer, premieres excerpts from a new commissioned work.  Continuing OpenICE's commitment to making public the entire process of a piece's creation, ICE's rehearsal with Wojtek will be open, and the performance will follow in the evening.

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Open Dress Rehearsal
8:00 PM Concert

Wojtek Blecharz: music for invisible places (work in progress)
--The preview performance will be followed by an informal discussion with the composer and artists--

Alice Teyssier, flute
Campbell MacDonald, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion

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METAFAGOTE | Album release show
8:30 PM20:30

METAFAGOTE | Album release show

Help me celebrate the release of my second solo album, metafagote, and with it, the NY premiere of the live, 7 bassoon version of Metafagote by Felipe Lara. SURROUND BASSOON SOUND!!!!

This album builds on the simplest unadorned sounds of the bassoon and increases in depth and complexity - exploring the overtone explosion of many bassoons at once, to the rich and myriad layers possible with live electronic processing.

featuring works by Felipe LaraRand SteigerDai Fujikura, and  Jason Eckardt

BONUS: World Premiere of a brand new piece by Édgar Guzmán for Sax and Bassoon - The Purloined Letter - featuring the amazing Ryan Muncy

(event photo by Carrie Schneider)

More info here

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6:30 PM18:30

Mostly Mozart Micro!

Rebekah, Ryan Muncy and Lucy Dhegrae rock out on Natacha Diel's otherworldly Words to Sleep By at a FREE SHOW on Mostly Mozart's outdoor stage at Lincoln Center. Also featuring works by Wojtek Blecharz and young composer Benjamin Champion. Only 20 Minutes long! Come by!


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to Jun 12

ICE @ the Ojai Festival

ICE is fast becoming a favorite at the legendary Ojai Music Festival in Ojai, CA.  The 2016 festival, under director Peter Sellars, brings staged performances of new classics, festival commissions, and recent chamber music.  ICE is featured alongside memorable soloists, the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, the Calder Quartet, and other stars of the contemporary music world from both coasts and abroad.

Full schedule here:  http://iceorg.org/events/event/ice-at-ojai-music-festival

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7:00 PM19:00

OpenICE @ Abrons - Ojai Preview

ICE reprises its acclaimed appearance at California’s Ojai Music Festival!  The 2016 festival, with music director Peter Sellars, includes staged multimedia extravaganzas and free neighborhood concerts, from opera to chamber music, all featuring frequent ICE composer collaborators.  See a rare large-ensemble ICE performance at the Abrons Arts Center and help send us off to the west coast!


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8:00 PM20:00

Darmstadt Preview @ Roulette

As a preview to ICE's July performances at the legendary Darmstadt Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany, the ensemble performs different generations of Darmstadt composer stars.  Luigi Nono, a seminal presence at the festival in the 1950s, is represented by his Polifonica-Monodica-Ritmica, which ICE last performed at National Sawdust in the fall; Chaya Czernowin, a regular recent presence at Darmstadt and frequent ICE collaborator, makes an appearance with her AYRE: TOWED, and rising star Ashley Fure, the winner of Darmstadt's Kranichsteiner Award, presents an expanded version of her "opera for objects," The Force of Things.   


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