On-Demand Audio: Uncovering Gems with ICE and So Percussion

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On Tuesday, June 10 at 8 pm ET on New York Now, Q2 Music streams the second night from the 2014 Look & Listen Festival. The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and So Percussion delivered a program ranging from a masterpiece of early Serialism to an ongoing collaborative work, recording on the second day of the 2014 Look & Listen Festival. 

The matinee concert at BRIC House began with Anton Webern's Satz, a short string trio, performed by Erik Carlson, Kyle Armbrust and Michael Nicolas of ICE. Armbrust and Carlson were joined by Phyllis Chen to perform Mobius for viola, cello, music box and electronics, composed by Chen and Robert Dietz

Pianist Adam Kent, violinist Adda Kridler, and cellist Michael Nicola premiered the Look & Listen Festival commission Coronata di stelle by Sebastián Zubieta. The work was inspired by the last poem in Petrarch’s Canzoniere and Palestrina’s setting of the same text in his First Book of Madrigals.

The second half of the concert began with Mario Davidovsky's dramatic work for cello and electronics, Synchronisms No. 3, performed by Michael Nicolas.

So Percussion ended the concert with two works. Oscar Bettison's Apart for amplified chromatic tuning forks, which though suggestive of a tangle of synthesized sine waves, is composed entirely of acoustic sounds. Chorus Music is a small piece of a larger in-progress, collaborative work by the members of the ensemble, inspired by the concepts of unity, collective virtuosity and storytelling embodied by the Greek Chorus. 

Complete Program:

Anton Webern – Satz

Phyllis Chen and Robert Dietz – Mobius

Sebastian Zubieta – Coronata di stelle

Mario Davidovsky – Synchronisms No.3

Oscar Bettison – Apart

So Percussion – Chorus Music (part 1)

So Percussion – Chorus Music (part 2)

Audio recording by Bill Siegmund of Digital Island Studios, NYC