House Special shares a double bill with superstar improviser-composers Jennifer Curtis and Tyshawn Sorey. Spread over two nights at the Abrons Arts Center, musical fires will surely be started!
Formed in 2014, House Special is an improvisational ensemble featuring musicians from ICE (Peter Evans and Levy Lorenzo) and overlapping music scenes in New York. Kassa Overall is a mercurial presence as a rapper, drummer, and producer (Das Racist, Vijay Iyer, Theo Croker). Kassa and Peter are veterans of the Zebulon Trio. Paul Wilson (also known as Bae Bro)'s work extends to playing with SZA, for whom he is musical director. Kassa and Paul have worked together in Arto Lindsay's band.
Combing skills in composition, engineering and instrumental performance, Sam Pluta and Levy Lorenzo are at the forefront of electronic music improvisation, pushing their often-self-designed instruments into raw and visceral interactive play. Peter Evans has also collaborated with Sam and Levy as a performer of notated works. Sam and Peter's decade-long collaboration includes several duo recordings, and touring and recording in many diverse ensembles.
Levy Lorenzo, electronics
Peter Evans, trumpet
Sam Pluta, electronics
Kassa Overall - drums and electronics
Paul Wilson - piano and synthesizer
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Tyshawn Sorey, percussion
OpenICE New York is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation, alongside generous support from the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation), New Music USA, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music, the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.