The International Contemporary Ensemble explores the expressive potential of traditional Persian, Hungarian, American, and Japanese instruments in a program of works influenced by ancient ritual, oceanic wonderment, Irish Bardic poetry, and beyond. This inventive evening culminates in the world premiere of Dai Fujikura's Shamisen Concerto.
Nathan Davis: Inside Voice (2018) (New York premiere)
Ann Cleare: teeth of light, tongue of waves (2017–18)
György Kurtág: Tre Pezzi, Tre Altri Pezzi for clarinet and cimbalom
Kate Soper: The Ultimate Poem is Abstract (2016)
Anahita Abbasi: Sketch II (2016)
Dai Fujikura: Shamisen Concerto (World premiere)
Nathan Davis was awarded a residency at the Camargo Foundation in partnership with GMEM to develop "Inside Voice”, which was commissioned by GMEM for Ensemble CBarré and the International Contemporary Ensemble. Dai Fujikura's Shamisen Concerto is supported by Ayako Hasewaga and Hidejiro Honjoh.
Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, 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, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.