Past Event

OpenICE at Currency Exchange Cafe: Apophthegms

OpenICE is a free monthly series exploring the work of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), named “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” (New York Times), in unpretentious and intimate environments.

Ensemble members perform and muse on various pieces from the ICE repertoire, after which a guest speaker from outside the music realm leads a conversation with the audience.

This month the Currency Exchange Café in Washington Park joins The Hideout as a venue for the series. ICE violinists Jennifer Curtis and David Bowlin face off on a program of duos by Italian master Luciano Berio, eclectic Soviet modernist Edison Denisov and New York jazz punk icon John Zorn. Also featured is the world premiere of Jennifer Curtis’ new work for violin and mandolin, written for this special collaboration.

After the concert, Jennifer and David will be in conversation with Theaster Gates, Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago, founder of the Rebuild Foundation, and a well-known artist whose work has been exhibited and performed in London, German, New York, Venice and Chicago, among others.

Reserve your seat today!

John Zorn: Apophthegms (2012)
Luciano Berio: Duetti (1979-1983)
Edison Denisov: Sonata for Two Violins
Jennifer Curtis: The Moon in the Sand: Conversations For Mandolin and Mandolin (2014) WORLD PREMIERE 

Featured Musicians
Founding ICE violinist David Bowlin has won critical acclaim for his solo and chamber music performances from the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. He is an accomplished performer of a broad range of repertoire old and new, and has performed recitals and concertos across the US.
Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and celebrated her as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”



About ICE
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, 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.



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