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   Date: 1/28/09

Leading New Music Ensemble ICE to Perform at Smith

Read bios of visiting ICE members

ICE members Claire Chase (left) and Eric Lamb, flutists, also collectively known as Wired.

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) will perform at Smith this Saturday, Feb. 28, in a concert of works for various instrumental combinations of flute, clarinet, guitar, percussion and cello by composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Kaija Saariaho, Edgar Guzman, Magnus Lindberg and Louis Andriessen.

The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage. A concert talk with ensemble members on stage will precede the concert at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Described recently by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music” and by the New Yorker as “brilliant” and “a powerhouse of new-music programming,” ICE comprises 30 versatile performers who are dedicated to advancing the music of our time. The ensemble, founded in 2001, has rapidly established itself as one of the leading new-music ensembles of its generation, winning first prize in the 2005 CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, and performing more than 50 concerts a year in the U.S. and abroad. Recent engagements include performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival of Lincoln Center, the Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center, and the opening ceremonies of the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.

Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cellist, of ICE and Smith.

ICE members performing at Smith are cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman, a member of the music department faculty at Smith, flutists Claire Chase and Eric Lamb, clarinetist Joshua Rubin, guitarist Dan Lippel, and percussionist David Schotzko.

Visting members of the ICE will hold master classes on Sunday, March 1, beginning at 1 p.m. in Earle Recital Hall, Sage. The classes are free and open to the public. The schedule is as follows:

1 p.m. Informal Recital with “Wired” (Claire Chase & Eric Lamb, flutes).

2 p.m. Flute master class with Chase and Lamb.

3 p.m. Clarinet master class with Josh Rubin.

4 p.m. Guitar master class with Dan Lippel.

5 p.m. Career development talk with members of ICE

For more information visit the International Contemporary Ensemble Web site.



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