OpenICE aims to share the most essential elements of ICE's working process--creation, collaboration, and performance--with a wider audience, through free concert and activity programming.
On the heels of a blockbuster season of OpenICE, the musicians of ICE catalyze a flurry of activity as they take up residency at the Abrons Arts Center (New York City) and the Chopin Theatre (Chicago) for the 2016-17 season. ICE will team with these partner presenters' engagement staff to turn the venues into open spaces for experimentation. OpenICE invites the audience to participate in the creative process through open rehearsals and discussions, where questions about the works and the collaborations will be welcome and encouraged. High quality documentation of OpenICE activities feed a growing online archive of content, which is free for all to explore on digitice.org.
The 2016-17 OpenICE season launched September 16 - 18 with a celebration of vastly different styles of performance. Percussionist Greg Stuart and his students from the University of South Carolina joined ICE to present the world premiere full performance of sound sculptor Michael Pisaro's epic ricefall(2), written for grains of rice falling on objects. Pisaro's music, and sounds from other composers in the Wandelweiser tradition, activated the gallery spaces through the weekend, and the festival culminated in a concert featuring new music by Icelandic composer and frequent ICE collaborator Anna Thorvaldsdottir. The final performance as an all-out hour of improvisation with virtuoso guest vocalist Sofia Jernberg and ICE members.
Would you like to sponsor a new work to be premiered at a free OpenICE event? Create an opportunity through First Page, ICE's new commissioning initiative!
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