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The Experiment Station at the Phillips Collection | Music of Marcos Balter and Felipe Lara

  • The Philips Collection 1600 21st St NW Washington, DC 2000 (map)

ICE is honored to be featured at the Phillips Collection's Experiment Station series to present works by Brazilian composers Marcos Balter and Felipe Lara.


Marcos Balter: alone, for flute and percussion (2013)
Marcos Balter: Dialogue #2, from Æsopica, for bass clarinet, bassoon and electronics (2011)
Marcos Balter: ...and also a fountain..., for bassoon and percussion (2012)
Marcos Balter: Pessoa, for flute(2013)
Felipe Lara: Livros dos Sonhos, for clarinet and piano (2004)
Felipe Lara: Voz dos Ventos, for flute, clarinet and bassoon (2014) WORLD PREMIERE

Praised by The Chicago Tribune as "minutely crafted" and "utterly lovely" and The New York Times as "whimsical" and "surreal," the music of composer Marcos Balter (b.1974, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is at once emotionally visceral and intellectually complex, primarily rooted in experimental manipulations of timbre and hyper-dramatization of live performance. Highlights in 2013-2014 include new works for the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, American Composers Orchestra, yMusic, Amazonas Filarmonica, Camerata de Curitiba Choir and String Orchestra, violist Nadia Sirota, saxophonist Ryan Muncy, flutist Claire Chase and percussionist Svet Stoyanov, appearances at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW, Look & Listen Festival, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Museum, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players's Sweet Thunder Festival.

Felipe Lara's music has been recently described as "brilliant" by the New York Times, and has been performed in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxemburg, Switzerland, and the United States by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Camerata Aberta, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, Ex Novo Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum (Peter Eötvös), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His work has been presented at Acanthes (France), Ars Musica (Belgium), Darmstadt (Germany), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Europalia (Belgium), Festival for Contemporary Music (Tanglewood), Festival Música Nova (São Paulo), Luxembourg Philharmonie, and Teatro La Fenice (Venice).