In an effort to reshape the way that ICE’s music is created and shared, the ensemble is creating a radically accessible online archive, where composers, performers, and audiences can discover new works, and share their thoughts about how music is composed, performed, and heard. January’s installment of this successful series at the New York Public Library features world premiere performances of music by boundary-breaking Chinese-American composer Wang Lu.
Experiments in Opera presents Off the Ground, including workshop performances of three different operas in development. Warka Vase, the third of these operas, is a new work by composer Rick Burkhardt and presented in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and their OpenICE initiative.
The International Contemporary Ensemble’s UMS debut features mechanical instruments that have had a place in music history: organ (in this case, Hill Auditorium’s Frieze Memorial Organ), harmonium, harpsichord, music boxes, carillons, and electronic instruments.