The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is a contemporary classical music ensemble, based in New York City and Chicago. ICE performs a diverse and extensive array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia works.
The International Contemporary Ensemble was founded in 2001 by Claire Chase (ICE flautist and executive director). The early ensemble--consisting primarily of alumni from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio--presented its first Chicago concert at the Three Arts Club in January 2002. In the following year, ICE made its New York City debut at the Miller Theatre, and have since split their activities between Chicago and New York.
Since its founding, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions, many of these commissions and collaborations spawning from their noteworthy residency programs: the 21st Century Young Composers Project and ICElab. In addition to commissioning emerging composers, the ensemble has also premiered numerous works by world-renowned composers, including Georges Aperghis, Alvin Lucier, Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn, David Lang, Liza Lim, Dai Fujikura, Chaya Czernowin, Julio Estrada, George Lewis, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Carla Kihlstedt, among others.
ICE has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival (New York), Musica Nova Helsinki (Finland), Wien Modern (Austria), Acht Brücken Music for Cologne (Germany), La Cité de la Musique (Paris), the Darmstädter Ferienkurse (Germany), Mostly Mozart Festival (New York), as well as tours of Japan, Brazil and France. They have held residencies at the MCA Chicago, Mostly Mozart Festival, New York University, Columbia College (Chicago), and Conservatorio de las Rosas (Morelia, Mexico), among others.
ICE is a flexible collective of thirty-four performing artists, including strings, woodwinds, piano, percussion, voice, light and sound designers. As an artist-run organization, most of ICE's executive leadership, concert production, marketing, fundraising, technology and database systems are managed by members of the ensemble.
Claire Chase (flute, Executive Director),
Joshua Rubin (clarinet, Program Director),
Jacob Greenberg (piano, Director of Education),
Rebekah Heller (bassoon, Development Associate),
Ross Karre (percussion, Director of Production),
Steven Schick (Artist in Residence: 2012-2015),
David Bowlin (violin),
Jennifer Curtis (violin),
Erik Carlson (violin),
Maiya Papach (viola),
Wendy Richman (viola),
Kyle Armbrust (viola),
Kivie Cahn-Lipman (cello),
Katinka Kleijn (cello),
Michael Nicolas (cello),
Randall Zigler (bass),
Phyllis Chen (piano),
Cory Smythe (piano),
Nathan Davis (percussion),
Bridget Kibbey (harp),
Nuiko Wadden (harp),
Daniel Lippel (guitar),
Alice Teyssier (flute),
Campbell MacDonald (clarinet),
Nick Masterson (oboe),
James Austin Smith (oboe),
David Byrd-Marrow (horn),
Peter Evans (trumpet),
Gareth Flowers (trumpet),
Dan Peck (tuba),
Peter Tantsits (tenor),
Tony Arnold (soprano),
Levy Lorenzo (ICElab live sound engineer),
Nicholas Houfek (lighting designer)
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