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OpenICE at Constellation Chicago | Evans, Lorenzo, and 100 Not-Songs for JOHN CAGE

  • Constellation 3111 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60618 (map)

Constellation, one of ICE’s favorite Chicago venues, has us back!  OpenICE presents two projects in one concert featuring work created by its members.  Soprano Tony Arnold and composer Fredrick Gifford collaborate with projection designer Ross Karre to create a new version of Gifford's 100 Not-Songs for JOHN CAGE. The work is grounded in Cage's own score for A Dip in the Lake, a piece superimposed upon the map of Chicago itself. Using chance methods, Gifford extracted 100 locations from Cage's score and charted a new journey to film selections of the 100 Not-Songs. Following intermission, Levy Lorenzo and Peter Evans bring their hyper-charged partnership to Constellation. Lorenzo and Evans began performing duo as part of the OpenICE commissioning series in early 2016. Their music is an otherworldly blur of dense rhythmic frameworks, elaborately notated pieces, open improvisation and weird drones. Lorenzo's complex of self-built instruments, gongs, dry percussion, laptop, and sound processing engage with Evans's acoustic trumpet in a dialogue of noise, mystery, precision and chaos.

Tony Arnold, voice
Ross Karre, projections
Fredrick Gifford, composer and sound designer

Levy Lorenzo, percussion/electronics
Peter Evans, trumpets


ICE’s 2016-17 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, The Pacific Harmony Foundation, The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, the BMI Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, 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, and with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.