ICELab: Mario Diaz de León

The International Contemporary Ensemble performs the Music of Mario Diaz de Leon

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dazzling electronics, visceral drones and extended techniques mingle in the otherworldly works of Mario Diaz de León. Expertly handled by the illustrious members of ICE, listen to their exciting portrait of this composer from (Le) Poisson Rouge here on Cued Up.

MDdL's music is clearly its own language, with a whirlwind of textures and ancient-sounding note-choice all wrapped up into one hallucinatory package. Romanian spectral composers/magicians like Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram, American noise artists like Wolf Eyes and Sejayno, and obscure Algerian flute music have all been cited as music that MDdL checks out on a serious level. It's one thing to reference "diverse influences" in one's music, but MDdL actually synthesizes them in a meaningful way.

Hosted by Ann Heppermann, listen in this Sunday at 2 p.m. to hear ICE navigate a set of works titled Mansion Cycle for two alto flutes, percussion, and stereo electronics; a bass clarinet and electronics duo called The Soul is the Arena; and a world premiere, Portals Before Dawn, for flute in C, alto flute, clarinet / bass clarinet, piano, synthesizer and percussion.

Don't forget to check out this unfathomably high-def video of the entire performance, along with individual tracks from the evening on-demand, here.

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