Abrons resident artists launch the 2017 OpenICE season with a diverse and extensive array of chamber, electro-acoustic, improvisatory, and multimedia work — sharing their process, commissions, and collaborations in a series of free workshops and performances for Abrons audiences. The first installment (on January 23) features Wolfgang Rihm's Musik für drew Streicherfesturing performed by ICE strings: Josh Modney, Kyle Armbrust, and Michael Nicolas. The second installment (March 3-5) features chamber performances of work by Eric Wubbels, Sofia Gubaidulia, and a new commission workshop with Monte Weber.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performers, curators, and educators, ensemble members explore how new music intersects with communities across the world. ICE's 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Emerging composers have anchored ICE's programming since its founding in 2001, and the group's recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music's present.