Sounds Within: An Evening of Immersive Musical Encounters
The International Contemporary Ensemble presents an interactive program featuring works by Ashley Fure, Suzanne Farrin, and Bergrun Snaebjornsdottir at Wellesley College in October. The Ensemble will work side-by-side with Wellesley students to discover Fure’s Shiver Lung and Snaebjornsdottir’s Areolae Undant. Each piece explores how immersive sound comes from both a central focus point and surround sound positions. Through participatory sound explorations and open rehearsals, students will gain first-hand experience with the program before experiencing the full, public performance.
Taking inspiration from Ashley Fure's award-winning 2017 work, The Force of Things: an Opera for Objects, the project also dovetails with the College’s new Sustainability Initiative, exploring the profound impact of environment on humanity and contemplating humanity's impact on the planet.
“At Wellesley, we’re working with faculty Jenny Johnson (assoc. prof. of music) and her students to explore how to reconfigure traditional concert halls to foster immersive, interactive, creative experiences.”
- Ross Karre, co-artistic director
Ashley Fure: Shiver Lung 2
Pauline Oliveros: Sound Listening
Suzanne Farrin: Prisoner Poems
Liza Lim: Solo piece for Bassoon
Wang Lu: Saxophone and Percussion
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir: Ariolae Undant
Lisa E. Harris, voice and theramin
Mariel Roberts, cello
Daniel Lippel, guitar
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion
Nick Houfek, lighting
Generously supported by:
the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. Also supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Fund and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.
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.