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ICEstorm at The Stone | Bridget Kibbey and James Austin Smith: Counterpoint

  • The Stone Avenue C and 2nd St. NY, NY 10009 (map)

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
Twelve Sets

ICE harpist and oboist Bridget Kibbey and James Austin Smith pair two ancient instruments in a program of solos and duos spanning four centuries.  The pristine and expressive baroque counterpoint of Johann Sebastian Bach's sonatas arranged for oboe and harp illuminates the incisive, treacherous twentieth-century counterpoint in Elliott Carter's rarely-performed "Trilogy" for Oboe and Harp.  Kati Agocs' 2012 Northern Lights for solo harp and Liza Lim's 2011 Gyfu for solo oboe (in its US premiere) explore a more abstract counterpoint between traditional, centuries-old folk music (in the former, Canadian and the latter, Viking runes and Arabic maqam) and the composers' unique contemporary voices.

Harpist Bridget Kibbey displays the unique abilities of this fantastic instrument through genre-bending solo and chamber music collaborations. She is in residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and frequently travels throughout the states performing recitals, concerti and in chamber music festivals with some of today's most notable artists. Her debut solo disc, Love is Come Again, was named one of Time Out New York's Top Ten Albums.

Praised for his “confident and controlled” performances by the Boston Globe and his “assured, polished and beautifully nuanced” chamber music collaborations by the New York Times, New York-based oboist James Austin Smith is an active chamber musician and new music advocate. Mr. Smith has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum Musicae, as soloist with the Manhattan Sinfonietta and as soloist and chamber musician at Bargemusic.  His festival appearances include Marlboro, Lucerne, Chamber Music Northwest, Schleswig-Holstein, OK Mozart, Schwetzingen and Spoleto USA; his performances have been broadcast across the United States and Germany.


Project Lead: Bridget Kibbey