The International Contemporary Ensemble performs a concert of new works at Joe’s Pub on September 20

The International Contemporary Ensemble gives the world premiere of two new works by Lesley Mok and Chris Ryan Williams at Joe’s Pub alongside a solo by Lesley Mok and Fay Victor’s Flow to the Next on Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Commissioned by ICEensemble as part of their 2021-2022 “Call for __” commissioning program, new works include Stilled leaf-chatter by Mok and Odu: vibration 1 by Williams.

Mok’s Stilled leaf chatter emerges from the contemporary improvisational sensibilities of its performers: eddy kwon (fiddle), Dan Lippel (guitar), Cory Smythe (piano) and Lesley Mok (drums). The piece explores a sense of storytelling that can emerge from structural frames and attempts to find poetic resonance in the simultaneity of individual expressions.

Chris Ryan Williams’ Odu: Vibration 1 features singer Fay Victor, bassoonist Rebekah Heller and cellist Lester St. Louis on electronics. The play creates a sense of intimacy (telling stories by a fireplace, gathering around a grandmother’s kitchen) by focusing on Rebekah Heller and Fay Victor as a duo. Pre-recorded decor and materials focus on their memories and create an intimate setting at Joe’s Pub, complete with lighting designed by Josephine Wang.

The season continues with the Ensemble and NYU Skirball presenting Peyvand (پیوند) an evening of works by members of the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA) on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at NYU Skirball. Peyvand (پیوند), the Persian word for connectedness, presents works related to this theme, including the world premiere of C Ce See by Niloufar Nourbakhsh.

World premieres by Lesley Mok and Chris Ryan Williams
International Contemporary Ensemble
Tuesday September 20, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Joe’s Pub | 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place) | New York, NY
Tickets: $20
Link: https://publictheater.org/productions/joes-pub/2022/i/international-contemporary-ensemble/

Please note: Face masks and proof of full vaccinations and boosters are required.

Program
Lesley Mok – Still the Leaves Chatter
Chris Ryan Williams – Odu: Vibration 1
Fay Victor – Flow to the Next

Artists
ICEset
Fay Victor, singer
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Lester St. Louis, cello, electronics


Committed to cultivating a more curious and engaged society through music, the Ensemble Contemporain International – as a curator and performer at the highest level – amplifies the creators whose work propels and challenges the way music is made and lived. The 39 members of the Ensemble are presented as soloists, chamber musicians, curators and collaborators with the greatest musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored the Ensemble’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms shine a light on the many voices that weave together the music’s present.

Described as “America’s most important new music group” (The New Yorker), the Ensemble has become a major force in new music over the past 20 years, having created more than 1,000 works and having been a vehicle for the workshop and performance of thousands of works by student composers across the United States. The Ensemble’s composer-collaborators – many of whom were unknown at the time of their first collaboration with the Ensemble – fundamentally shaped its creative philosophy and went on to have highly visible and influential careers, including MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey; longtime Ensemble collaborator, founding member and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun; and Ensemble founder, 2012 MacArthur Fellow and first flautist to win Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Prize, Claire Chase.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Contemporary Ensemble was also named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2014. The group was Artist-in-Residence at Lincoln Center’s Mainly Mozart Festival (2008-2020), Ojai Music Festival (2015-17) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010-2015). In addition, the Ensemble has presented and performed at festivals in the United States such as Big Ears Festival and Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, as well as abroad, including GMEM-Centre National de Création Musicale (CNCM) in Marseille, Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Warsaw Autumn, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and Cité de la Musique in Paris. Other performance stages include the armory on Park Avenue, the ice floes of Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, warehouses in Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and boats on the Amazon River.

The International Contemporary Ensemble advances music technology and digital communications as a tool of empowerment for artists of all backgrounds. Digitice provides high-quality video documentation to collaborating artists and provides access to an in-depth archive of composer workshops and performances. The Ensemble regularly engages new listeners through free concerts and interactive, educational programming with primary funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Curricular activities include a partnership with the New School’s College of Performing Arts (CoPA), as well as an intensive summer program, called Ensemble Evolution, where topics of equity, diversity and inclusion build new bridges and pathways for the future of creative sound practices. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the Ensemble’s exclusive piano supplier. For more, go to www.iceorg.org and watch over 350 videos of live performances and documentaries at www.digitice.org.

The performances and commissioning activities of the International Contemporary Ensemble during the 2022-23 concert season are made possible through the generous support of many individuals as well as the Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jerome Foundation , Fan Fox and the Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc., MAP Fund, Mid Atlantic Arts, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, New Music USA’s Organizational Development Fund, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, State Council of the Arts of New York with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) of the US Small Business Administration. The International Contemporary Ensemble was the Ensemble-in-Residence for Experiences in Art and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs from 2018 to 2021. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive supplier of pianos for the International Contemporary Ensemble.Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Inc., MAP Fund, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University , The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council for the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the US Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). The International Contemporary Ensemble was the ensemble-in-residence of Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology from 2018 to 2021. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive supplier of pianos to the International Contemporary Ensemble.

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