Radical Pairings

Radical Pairings 1

Tuesday March 16, 2021

Radical Pairings 1 brings together Maurizio Azzan’s exploratory Geometrie nelle mani for solo guitar with Yvette Janine Jackson’s meditative yet resolute Deliberate (Afraid of Nothing) for percussion and electronics. The program will also feature newly-written solo works by each composer. Featuring percussionist Colleen Bernstein and guitarist Jordan Dodson, this program showcases both sonic curiosity and emotional resilience.

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7pm EDT | YouTube
Featuring performances by Colleen Bernstein & Jordan Dodson

Maurizio Azzan (Italy)
Geometrie nelle mani (2016)
Instabile. Propagandosi (2021) | World Premiere

Yvette Janine Jackson (USA)
Deliberate (Afraid of Nothing) (2019)
I've Ever Seen (2021) | World Premiere

Radical Pairings 2

Tuesday March 23, 2021

Radical Pairings 2 features saxophonist Ryan Muncy performing both Evan Williams’s Rock Steady and recent for {loops}, as well as two works for voice and DIY instruments by composer-performer Bethany Younge. Younge is joined by soprano Charlotte Mundy. This evocative program juxtaposes rhythmic virtuosity and groove with the otherworldly soundscape produced by found percussion and the human voice.

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7pm EDT | YouTube
Featuring performances by Charlotte Mundy, Ryan Muncy & Bethany Younge

Evan Williams (USA)
Rock Steady (2015)
for {loops} (2021)

Bethany Younge (USA)
Her Disappearance (2015)
Thus We Dine (2021) | World Premiere

About the International Contemporary Ensemble

The International Contemporary Ensemble is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, the Ensemble explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The Ensemble’s 36 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored the Ensemble’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Contemporary Ensemble was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The International Contemporary Ensemble was featured at the Ojai Music Festival from 2015 to 2017, and at recent festivals abroad such as gmem-CNCM-marseille and Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Mexico City. Other performance stages have included the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, offers free concerts and interactive, educational programming wherever the Ensemble performs. As the Ensemble in Residence of the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology, the International Contemporary Ensemble advances music technology and digital communications as an empowering tool for artists from all backgrounds. Curricular activities include a residency and coursework at the New School College of Performing Arts, along with a summer intensive program, called Ensemble Evolution, where topics of equity, diversity, and inclusion build new bridges and pathways for the future of creative sound practices. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for the Ensemble. Read more at www.iceorg.org and watch over 350 videos of live performances and documentaries at digitice.org.