ICE's week-long residency at the Stone includes 12 unique concerts programmed and performed by ICE's all-star line-up of soloists. Join us for an explosion of new music at John Zorn's Lower East Side epicenter of experimental sound in New York.
March 4th - March 9th
Early Jazz to White Noise
Peter Evans, trumpet
Cory Smythe, piano
Star improvisers Peter Evans and Cory Smythe share the stage to weave a musical picture of jazz and improvised music past, present, and future. Using the music of Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines as points of inspiration, Evans and Smythe are mesmerizing collaborators who have full command an enormous variety of musical styles at their fingertips.
Peter Evans has been a member of the New York musical community since 2003, when he moved to the city after graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in classical trumpet performance. Peter currently works in a wide variety of areas, including solo performance, chamber orchestras, performance art, free improvised settings, electro-acoustic music and composition.
Evans has been steadily working to expand the expressive capabilities of his instrument, and enjoys collaborating with steady configurations of players and composers. Current groupings include the Peter Evans Quartet, Moppa Elliott's terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the hyperactive improvisation duo Sparks (with Tom Blancarte), a duo with trumpeter Nate Wooley, as well as a sustained interest in solo performance. Other collaborators include: Tyshawn Sorey, David Taylor, Steve Beresford, Okkyung Lee, Taylor Ho Bynum, Zach Hill, Jim Black, Evan Parker, Kevin Shea, Ned Rothenberg, Richard Barrett, Mark Gould, Weasel Walter, Matt Bauder, and Luka Ivanovic.
Pianist Cory Smythe is a graduate of the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California. As a member of ICE, he has contributed to many premieres, worked with composers Philippe Hurel, Magnus Lindberg, and David Lang among others, and performed in many venues across the U.S. and abroad. Cory has contributed frequently to the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, Milwaukee's Present Music, and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. A frequent collaborator with other artists, Cory recently appeared at chamber music festivals in Bloomington, IN and Salem, NY, at the Ravinia Rising Stars series with violinist Tim Fain, and made his Carnegie Weill Hall debut with violinist Sung-Ju Lee. As an improviser and jazz musician, Cory has performed with the Greg Osby Four, with Pete Robbins Centric, and in drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey's quartet, whose album "That/Not" (Firehouse 12) was named the 2007 best debut album in the Village Voice jazz critics poll. Cory’s principal teachers have included Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Stewart Gordon.
Project Lead: Peter Evans