Listen: International Contemporary Ensemble Premieres Julio Estrada

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On May 16 at Miller Theatre, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Third Coast Percussion presented the music of Mexico City-born composer Julio Estrada, including the world premiere of a Miller Theatre commission. The evening included a mid-concert chat with Estrada himself. 

Born in 1943 to Spanish refugees, Estrada has become a leading voice for the burgeoning Mexican experimental music scene. With an impressive musical pedigree that includes studies with Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Estrada fuses a theoretical background in acoustics and mathematics with a populist passion for the heritage of Mexican modern music.

An internationally recognized leader in new music field, the International Contemporary Ensemble – led by artistic director, flutist Claire Chase – joins forces with its Chicago colleagues Third Coast Percussion for this final episode in Miller Theatre's noted Composer Portrait series.



ni die saa*, for flute, clarinet, violin, percussion, guitar
Canto Naciente, for 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones and tuba
miqi'cihuatl, for voice
eolo'oolin, for percussion

* - world premiere


Video of ni die saa, courtesy of digitice. More videos from this show available here.

Audio credits: George Wellington (technical director), Chase Culpon (mix engineer), Bill Moss.