2013/14 Season

International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) with Claire Chase

Friday, April 4th, 2014
concert 7:30 PM
doors 7:00 PM
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts
3716 Washington Boulevard (map)
St. Louis, MO 63108
  • Claire Chase — flute
  • David Bowlin — violin
  • Kyle Armbrust — viola
  • Katinka Kleijn — cello
  • Randall Zigler — bass
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), described by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions – the majority of these new works by emerging composers – in venues ranging from alternative spaces to concert halls around the world.

A 2012 MacArthur Fellow, Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, and arts entrepreneur. Over the past decade Chase has presented the world premieres of over 100 new works for flute, many of them tailor-made for her. In 2013 Chase released Density, for which The Washington Post praised her as “One of the most electrifying flutists on the planet.”

ICE presents a performance inspired by the current Pulitzer exhibition, Art of Its Own Making, which “explores the autonomous object as something simultaneously enduring and ephemeral, synchronic, and diachronic.” The performance will include the following works:

  • George Brecht, Flute Solo(1962)
  • Mario Diaz de Leon, Luciform (2012)
  • Nam June Paik, Dragging Suite
  • Ken Friedman, Explaining Fluxus(1986)
  • Ken Friedman, Cardmusic for Audience
  • Wolfgang Rihm, Verzeichnung-Studie, for viola, cello, and bass (1986)
  • Ben Vautier, Three Pieces for Audiences(1964)
  • Ben Vautier, Look (1964)
  • Emmett Williams, In Unison (1962)
  • Sofia Gubaidulina, String Trio, (1988)
  • Mieko Shiomi, Event of Midnight (1963)
  • Yoko Ono, Lighting Piece (1955)
This event is made possible by The Phoebe Dent Weil Charitable Foundation

A Special artist talk and Q+A with Claire Chase will take place at the Regional Arts Commission (6128 Delmar Blvd. 63112) on Thursday, April 3rd, from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
This event is free and open to the public.

New Music Circle Showcase: Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey Duo, Tyler Damon, Nathan Cook.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:30 PM
William A Kerr Foundation
21 O’Fallon St (map)
St. Louis, MO 63102
  • Ingrid Laubrock — Tenor and Alto saxophone
  • Tom Rainey — Drums
  • Tyler Damon — Drums
  • Kevin Harris — electonrics
  • Chris Trull — guitar
  • Nathan Cook — Electronic sound
This year’s annual NMC Showcase concert will present a program featuring sets by touring, regional and local musicians. Featured artists will include the Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey Duo, Tyler Damon, and Nathan Cook. Drummer Tom Rainey and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock are perhaps two of New York City’s most active jazz improvisers and sought-after collaborators, and both may be found on any given night performing with musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne or Craig Taborn. They also perform as two thirds of an ongoing trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson. In NMC’s 2012/13 season Laubrock and Rainey gave an unforgettable performance with the Kris Davis Quintet and will return to St. Louis, this time as a duo, to explore a more stripped down approach to music making. Given Tom Rainey’s voluminous recording credits and the artistic caliber of the musicians with whom he’s performed, he could easily be placed on the A-list of drummers closely identified with the New York City modern creative jazz scene, roughly from the late ’80s onward. German-born saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock has widened the breadth of her emotional palette since her move to New York City, expressing ideas that range from a pensive melodiousness to the tough muscularity of free-jazz. She is at once capable of recalling the fierce tones of Ayler and the spontaneous melodic sequences of Eric Dolphy.

Drummer Tyler Damon (Bloomington, Indiana) will also make a return to St. Louis after playing a recent concert last summer at the St. Louis Art Museum in a power-house trio with Darin Gray and Mars Williams. Tyler has been described by Darin Gray as “the up-and-coming young drummer in the midwest, and a voice that will be active for years to come.” This showcase will see Damon pairing with local guitarist, Chris Trull (Yowie, ex-Grand Ulena), and electronic musician Kevin Harris (currently exhibiting and curating a sound-art series at Contemporary Art Museum).

St. Louis sound-artist and label proprietor Nathan Cook will round out this event with a performance combining electronic, acoustic, and playback sounds. Since arriving in St. Louis in 2008, Cook has become one of St. Louis’s most prolific artists on the underground experimental scene, consistently performing and collaborating with other artists, composing sound installations (as featured this winter at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis) and releasing two volumes to date of cassette compilations that exclusively feature local experimental acts.