Sacrum Profanum Festival is an international project that has earned the status of one of the most interesting European music events. The festival presents newest music and is aimed at blurring the line between contemporary music, often treated as difficult and incomprehensible, and the developments of ambitious entertainment and the experimental scene. Its importance is created, on one hand, by the participation of the best ensembles playing contemporary music, e.g. Ensemble Modern, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kronos Quartet, and, on the other hand, by the presence of stars of the world alternative scene, including Aphex Twin, Jónsi, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Adrian Utley (Portishead), Kraftwerk and Sigur Rós.
Nicole Mitchell: Inescapable Spiral* (2017) 14’ [polish premiere]
Okkyung Lee: ha yeom (2016) 10’ [polish premiere]
Wojtek Blecharz: zamówienie** (2019) 10’ [polish premiere]
Anthony Pateras: Broken Then Fixed Then Broken (2009) 7’ [polish premiere]
Pauline Oliveros: Buffalo Jam (1982) 11’ [polish premiere]
Ashley Fure: Therefore I Was (2012) 14’ [polish premiere]
Mario Diaz de Leon: Gated Eclipse (2006) 16’ [polish premiere]
* commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, with lead support from Oscar Gerardo, through ICE’s First Page initiative.
** commissioned by the Sacrum Profanum festival (the song will be part of a new documentary by Piotr Stasik)
Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Nathan Davis, percussion
Jacob Greenberg, piano
Marina Kifferstein, violin
Mariel Roberts, cello
Performances and commissioning activities during the 2019-20 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc., Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, mediaThe foundation inc., The 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 Agency. The International Contemporary Ensemble is the Ensemble in Residence of the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.