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ICE at the Hideout | Simple Songs

  • The Hideout 1354 W Wabansia Ave Chicago, IL 60642 (map)

October 12, 2014 | 6:00pm
The Hideout
1354 W Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

This concert is presented FREE at the Hideout as part of ICE's 2014-2015 OpenICE series in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council.


ICE considers the creation of new pieces to be true collaborations, birthed from a true mutual understanding of the unique voices of composers, and the specific musical talents of ICE members. The stories told by these pieces become woven into ICE's narrative, which our players are eager to tell to new audiences. ICE kicks off its 2014-2015 season with recent works developed in close conversation between some of ICE's favorite composers and ICE musicians.  Dai Fujikura's Minina was written for the birth of his daughter and is a joyful overture to a new life.  Nathan Davis' Simple Songs of Birth and Return, written for the birth of his friends' daughter, turns inward, featuring the delicate sounds of a solo mbira, against the backdrop of electronic sounds.  The Tempest spotlights John Zorn's close understanding of ICE musicians, assigning Shakespearean characters to the flute, clarinet and drums.  The program also features Capricci, by Chicago superstar Augusta Read Thomas, who was a mentor to ICE in the early years of the band, and whose music continues to be a huge inspiration for the players.




Dai Fujikura: Minina (Chicago premiere), for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and hammered dulcimer
Nathan Davis: Simple Songs of Birth and Return, for mbira and electronics
Augusta Read Thomas: Capricci, for flute and clarinet
Dai Fujikura: Phantom Splinter (US Premiere), for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and electronics
John Zorn: The Tempest, for flute, clarinet and drums


Featured Musicians:

Claire Chase, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Nick Masterson, oboe
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Nathan Davis, percussion