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OpenICE at Abrons Arts Center

  • Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)

ICE continues its 2016-2017 residency at Abrons Arts Center with three evenings of free concerts.  These OpenICE events feature some of the ensemble's most adventurous programming, all free of cost, at the small experimental theater spaces at Abrons.  

Thursday, November 10, 8 PM

OpenICE Curator's Picks: Josh Modney
Abrons Underground

Georges Aperghis: Rasch (1997-2001) for viola and saxophone
Natacha Diels: Strange Attractors (2012) for piccolo, percussion and sampler
Evan Johnson: L'art de toucher le clavecin, 3 (2011) for piccolo, violin and percussion
Andrew Greenwald: A Thing is a Hole in a Thing it is Not (viii) (2016) for violin solo (world premiere)
Guillaume DuFay: Adieu m'amour, adieu ma joie arr. for voice, viola and cello
Mathias Spahlinger: "Adieu m'amour," Hommage a Guillaume Dufay (1982/83) for violin, and cello

Josh Modney, violin
Wendy Richman, viola
Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello
Alice Teyssier, flute and voice
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Ross Karre, percussion

Friday, November 11

2 - 5 PM Electronic Instrument Workshop

6 PM Demonstration/Performance OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Abrons Underground

ICE’s electronic musician, Levy Lorenzo, leads a 3-hour hands-on workshop to focus on issues regarding electronic instrument design, performance practice and composition. Invited participants will be guided to build a new instrument platform using custom hardware and software on the Arduino microcontroller development environment.  

By the end of the workshop, all will have a fully assembled, interactive new electronic instrument that each participant can take home for further musical exploration. With a total of ten identical prototype instruments, performers and composers will be able to develop a common practice, notational systems, and create brief pieces. The workshop culminates in a short public concert/showing.

Participant prerequisites:
- Fundamental college-level study in contemporary classical performance or composition.
- Zero electronics experience is necessary
- Laptop to bring to workshop

E-mail Levy Lorenzo [] with a brief background of your musical study and experience as a performer or composer.  Only 50-100 words is necessary.  As capacity and materials are limited to 10, we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate all requests, but all are encouraged to attend the Nov 11 6:00 pm performance.  

Saturday, November 12

2 - 4 PM OpenICE Commission Launch: Monte Weber
Abrons Underground

Join ICE in the initial phase of its newest collaborative commission. New York-based sound artist and composer Monte Weber’s work centers around interactive technology and computer assisted compositional processes, using these tools to explore live physical performance and sound creation in the concert hall. This session will include a general introduction to Weber’s work and a conversation about the development of this new work.

6 - 7:30 PM OpenICE Pizza Party & ICEcommons Submission Session

This session aims to introduce composers (and their music) to the crowdsourced library of score information. More and more, ICEcommons is a serious resource for ICE’s mission of discovering new and underrepresented composers all over the world. In this workshop, composers and ICE performers will collaborate to add entries to the ICEcommons interface on We provide the pizza!

8 PM OpenICE Concert

Monte Weber - Echo (2015) for saxophone, percussion, and electronics  *ICECommons selection* 
Camila Agosto - Listen to me as one listens to the rain (2016) for flute, saxophone, and percussion  *ICECommons selection*
Clara Iannotta - Limun (2011) for violin, viola and two page turners
Katharine Young: underworld dancing for tuba and Wurlitzer organ
Matthias Kaul - SUNFISH (2016) for voice and percussion 

Jacob Greenberg, piano
Ross Karre, percussion
Levy Lorenzo, electronics
Josh Modney, violin
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Dan Peck, tuba
Wendy Richman, viola
Alice Teyssier, flute
Nicholas Houfek, lighting designer