ICELab: Nathan Davis

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In the third and final ICELab of the 2010-2011 season, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents Hollow Skies, featuring the music of percussionist and composer, Nathan Davis. May 31 marked not only this final ICELab event but also the release of ICE's Bright and Hollow Sky record on the New Focus label, the result of a three-year long collaboration with Davis who is also an ICE musician.

Described by executive director Claire Chase as a "poet in sound", Davis is known for his intricate exploration into sound possibilities; in typical percussionist style, he takes everyday, ordinary sounds and illustrates their vast possibilities in a beautifully organic way.

Hollow Skies opens with ICE bassoonist, Rebekah Heller performing On Speaking a Hundred Names, written for Rebekah herself and electronics. The piece is a virtuosic exploration into the possibilities available to the bassoon, including microtones and multiphonics. The Bright and Hollow Sky is a quintet for flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, and percussion with electronics, which Davis wrote in 2008 for ICE. Concluding the evening is the world premiere of  On the Nature of Thingness, featuring soprano, Tony Arnold and ten instrumentalists. A three-movement work, the movement titles are:

I. Study of the Object
III. An Outside with an Inside in it

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. Levy Lorenzo was the sound engineer and the video is by Meerkat Media.


Nathan Davis' On Speaking a Hundred Names (ICE)*

Nathan Davis' The Bright and Hollow Sky (ICE)

Nathan Davis' On the Nature of Thingness (ICE)*

* denotes world premiere

Recorded Live at (Le) Poisson Rouge | ICELab: Nathan Davis from ICE on Vimeo