Saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist Cory Smythe work at the margins of jazz and contemporary music. Lehman has been lauded for his technical virtuosity and his dense and beautiful compositions. Cory has worked with jazz masters such as Greg Osby and important innovators like Tyshawn Sorey, in addition to his one-of-a-kind touch as one of ICE's star new music pianists. Together, they present this performance of new music, using the sound explorations of New York composer Alvin Lucier as a jumping-off point.
Project Lead: Cory Smythe
OpenICE is a program designed to bring every aspect of ICE’s music-making—performances, commissions, videos, workshops, hands-on educational activities, blogs, and community gatherings, as well as ICE’s work behind the scenes—out into the open for the benefit of new audiences, all free of charge. 2014-2015 OpenICE shows are produced in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council.
ICE’s 2014-15 Chicago performances are made possible by generous support from The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at the Prince Charitable Trusts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Robert R. McCormick Foundation, the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, New Music USA, The Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, the BMI Foundation, the Paul R. Judy Center for Applied Research at the Eastman School of Music, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and through a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.