Commission: First Page

The projects featured here are currently in the development laboratory at ICE.  They are projects that don't currently have a home, or funding support, but are so powerful and compelling that we had to start to work on them anyway.  Help to launch these projects into the world through
ICE's First Page program.

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Morgan Krauss: New Work for ICE

"This multi-movement piece will be approximately 30-minutes long and will deal with what it means to be a survivor of sexual abuse/assault. After hearing stories from friends and colleagues more and more, it became alarming to me and made me think about this unfortunate commonality we share, men and women alike. As this translates to music, I find myself focusing on how musical gestures can be trapped and how a performer can becomes physically trapped by her/his instrument or voice. I imagine this will be abstract, not literal, as far as the audience experience goes, but together we can figure out that balance."

Morgan Krauss's past work with ICE includes collaborations with saxophonist Ryan Muncy (Overcast in the purest of hues, a solo), and a duo with Muncy and bassoonist Rebekah Heller (Divide Its White Laughter in Two, premiered at the Stone).  Currently a doctoral student at Northwestern University, Krauss's works are tactile explorations of sound.  Her music focuses on the latent instability of seemingly fixed gestures, where the interaction between performer and the score creates a third entity.  This entity is often guided by improvisation and the clashing of emotional opposites.

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Nathan Davis: New Work for ICE

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