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ICE at Big Ears Festival

ICE plays its debut at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN!  Declared “one of the most quietly earth-shattering, subtly luminous festivals the world over” by The Oxford American Magazine, Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance and the visual arts.

ICE brings a program of our favorite collaborating composers, with Anna Thorvaldsdóttir's In the Light of Air as a major attraction.  

Thursday, March 22 at 6:30pm at the Mill and Mine, 227 W Depot Ave, Knoxville
In the Light of Air

Friday, March 23 at 3:00pm at the Church Street United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St, Knoxville
Ellen Reid: Push/Pull
Pauline Oliveros: Applebox Double
Ashley Fure: Therefore I Was
Suzanne Farrin: Polvere et Ombra
Anna Thorvaldsdóttir: Hvolf
Marcos Balter: Raw Item

Plus: Saturday, March 24 at 4:00pm at St. John's Cathedral, 413 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville:
ICE trumpeter Peter Evans's solo set! 
AND: Sunday, March 25 at 12pm at the Mill and Mine: Tyshawn Sorey trio, with pianist Cory Smythe!

Kyle Armbrust, viola
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Nathan Davis, percussion
Bridget Kibbey, harp
Nicholas Masterson, oboe
Michael Nicolas, cello
Cory Smythe, piano
Alice Teyssier, flute
Ross Karre, percussion

Nicholas Houfek, lighting
Levy Lorenzo, electronics

Photo: Joshua Ford


ICE’s 2017-18 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.