Past Event

OpenICE: Emerging Dialogues | Claire Chase and Joshua Rubin

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.

OpenICE whale iconICE closes its first OpenICE season in partnership with Illinois Humanities with this blockbuster program featuring ICE co-Artistic Directors Claire Chase and Joshua Rubin.


Commissioned as part of Claire Chase’s Density 2036 initiative, George Lewis’ Emergent features live electronics to highlight the urgent virtuosity of Claire’s performance. Boulez’s mesmerizing Dialogue de l’ombre double is a masterpiece of specialized sound and creates a true dialogue between the live clarinetist and his electronic counterpart. Rick Burkhardt’s ingenious theatrical work Simulcast features percussionists in a spoken musical interaction, their words blurred and obscured, creating a dialogue of rhythm and meaning.

Reserve your seat today to this special free concert event is presented by ICE and Illinois Humanities at the Mana Contemporary space in Pilsen, Chicago. 


Rick Burkhardt: Simulcast (2002)
George Lewis: Emergent (2014), for flute and electronics
Pierre Boulez: Dialogue de l’ombre double (1985), for clarinet and electronics


ICE, Claire Chase, flute and Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Mocrep, featuring Zach Moore, Isaac Stevenson, and Chris Wood
Parlour Tapes+
Levy Lorenzo, sound and electronics
Ryan Ingebritsen, sound and electronics

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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