ICE with Matthias Pintscher

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The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), although only about a decade old, is one of the most distinguished New Music groups around today. Pioneering a model for how 21st century chamber musicians should function and find their way in today's artistic scene, ICE has set the standard for many modern, multi-faceted musicians with a taste for contemporary music. In this April 27 concert, ICE performs music of John Zorn, Dai Fujikura and Du Yun, led by conductor Matthias Pintscher in a performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Not only does the ensemble tour the world's most famous venues with a vastly diverse repertoire, ICE self-produces several large-scale contemporary music festivals in nightclubs, galleries and public spaces, and collaborates with emerging and established composers, choreographers, pop artists and countless musicians in small- and large-scale projects.

ICE's biggest passion is supporting the work of today's composers, having already performed an astounding 400 world premieres and counting. An equal partner in passion for new music, Matthias Pintscher's own compositions have been performed worldwide, and he recently made conducting debuts with orchestras ranging from the Melbourne Symphony to Ensemble ACJW at Carnegie Hall.

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(L)PR’s Technical Director is Richie Clarke and this concert was mixed by Bill Bowen.


ICE begins its program featuring its clarinetists-extraordinaires, with John Zorn's Sortilège for 2 bass clarinets.

Abruptly shifting sound worlds, the show continues with Du Yun's Air Glow, which features an eclectic quintet of flute, clarinet, cello, trumpet and guitar, all combined with electronics.

ICE completes its program with a world premiere by Dai Fujikura, Ice. With Fujikura based in London, the piece is a result of countless hours of communication and instrumental experimentation between the musicians and composer via Skype video chat — a true testament to modern-day technology!