Past Event

OpenICE: Untempered

OpenICE at The Promontory | Untempered
May 21, 2016 | 4:00pm
The Promontory
5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West
Chicago, IL 60615
FREE with reservation

This unique program, titled Untempered, explores music by composers who play in the nooks and crannies of musical tuning systems. Integrating phenomenon such as beatings and pitch discrepancies inherent in instrument design, composers Larry Polansky, Peter Adriaansz, and Karola Obermueller pose an outsider lineage in modern composition, opening our awareness of the acoustic realities and necessities of music. The Promontory is an ideal setting for these pieces’ strange, pungent resonances.

ICE ensemble members will also be joined by The Dilettantes for a facilitated conversation about the music.

New York Times review of New York performance at Abrons Arts Center


  • Dan Lippel, guitar
  • Nathan Davis, percussion
  • Nuiko Wadden, harp
  • Ryan Muncy, saxophone

If you’d like to dine at THE PROMONTORY after the event, make a reservation via phone at 312.801.2100. Learn more at


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.


From live games to interactive discussions, The Dilettantes specialize in crafting distinctive, immersive experiences. Their projects can be narrative-based, structurally experimental, or anywhere in between, but they are all linked by their steadfast belief in the value of live events and face-to-face interactions. Through their work they explore the nature of what’s joyful, unexpected and necessary about being in a room with other


If you require any arrangements to fully participate, please let us know via email or call (312) 422-5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event.