ICELab: Steve Lehman

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The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) launched their collaborative commissioning program ICELab in March 2011 with an evening of music written by Mario Diaz de León. The second concert of this series took place on April 19 at (Le) Poisson Rouge with a full-length work titled Impossible Flow composed by saxophonist/composer, Steve Lehman.

Steve Lehman has long been respected as a virtuosic saxophone player, firmly entrenched in the experimental jazz scene of New York. Also developing an equally strong reputation as a composer, for the 2010 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Lehman was nominated for composer of the year, alto saxophonist of the year and record of the year for his album Travail, Transformation and Flow. Lehman's works have been performed by the likes of the JACK Quartet, So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and members of the Argento and Wet Ink Ensembles. His influences are as far-reaching as performer/composer Anthony Braxton, composer Tristan Murail, basketball star Allen Iverson, electronica duo Autechre and drummer Damion Reid.

Lehman's work for ICE, Impossible Flow is a co-commission between ICE and the Manhattan New Music Project. It is a full-length, four-movement work:

1. Impossible Flow: Prologue

2. Baltimore/Berlin,

3. For McCoy Tyner, Tristan Murail, Anthony Braxton and Alexander Scriabin

4. Impossible Flow: Epilogue

Don't forget to poke around the Q2 Live Concert archive for more exciting live performances at your fingertips. You can access Q2 24/7 through our pop-out audio player or iTunes. (L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Ryan Streber.

Recorded Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge | ICELab: Steve Lehman from ICE on Vimeo