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The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described recently in the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music” and by the New Yorker as “a powerhouse of new-music programming on a Chicago-New York axis…brilliant and unexpected” is a uniquely structured organization dedicated to reshaping the way music is heard and experienced in the United States and around the world. With a roster of 30 of the United States’ most accomplished young musicians and a staff of visionary arts entrepreneurs, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by commissioning and performing new works and by developing groundbreaking strategies for audience engagement. ICE emphasizes inter-disciplinary collaborations and commissions by both unheard and established composers, and prioritizes performances in non-traditional venues. In an era of increasingly diverse audiences, changes in arts education, new patronage models, and rapidly shifting musical genres, ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new music and new listeners.
ICE was founded in 2001, and over the past nine years has established itself as one of the leading musical ensembles of its generation as well as one of the most innovative young arts organizations in the US. ICE was awarded the 2010 Trailblazer Award from the American Music Center for its revolutionary organizational model, which combines the traditional roles of performer, presenter, and artist management into a unified whole with a single creative and social vision, setting a bold new standard for the future of music in the 21st century.
Recent engagements include headline performances at the Musica Nova Festival (Helsinki, Finland), the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, the opening ceremonies of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and multiple engagements at Miller Theatre, including the US Premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia. In addition to ICE’s performances at major venues throughout the world, the ensemble has self-produced eight large-scale contemporary music festivals in venues as wide-ranging as nightclubs, galleries and public spaces, many of which are free and open to the public. ICE has released critically acclaimed recordings on the Bridge, Naxos, Tzadik and New Focus labels.
A champion of music by emerging composers, ICE has given over 400 world premieres to date. In 2004, ICE launched the 21st Century Young Composers Project, a worldwide call-for-entries by composers under the age of 35, which has culminated in the world premieres of works by young composers in 27 different countries.
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