OpenICE aims to share the most essential elements of ICE’s creative process–creation, collaboration and performance–with a wider audience, through free concert and activity programming. On the heels of a blockbuster season of OpenICE programming, the musicians of ICE catalyze a flurry of activity as they take up residency at the Abrons Arts Center for the 2016-2017 season. OpenICE also invites the audience to be a part of the creative process through open rehearsals and discussions, where questions about the works and the collaborations will be welcome and encouraged. High quality documentation of OpenICE activities feed a growing online archive of HD content, which is free for all to explore on ICE is thrilled to team up with the Abrons Arts Center engagement staff to turn the building into an “open space” for sonic experimentation!

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is thrilled to launch its 2016-17 OpenICE season at the Abrons Arts Center from September 16-18, in conjunction with the Abrons Engagement Launch! OpenICE aims to present new musical works and collaborations in a context that serves new communities, through programming that is free and open to the public. Over the course of the weekend, ICE will open its doors to rehearsals, workshops, classes, discussions and concerts. In addition to ICE presenting chamber music in the Playhouse and throughout the Abrons arts galleries, highlights of the launch weekend include the world premiere of Michael Pisaro’s hour-long ricefall (2), in collaboration with the University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop; a portrait concert of the Icelandic rising star Anna Thorvaldsdottir and an evening of improvisations featuring virtuoso guest vocalist Sofia Jernberg.

Thursday, September 15, 6 PM| New York Public Library
ICE at the Library: Anna Thorvaldsdottir
In a special event at the New York Public Library, the musicians of ICE demonstrate the group’s archival practices and perform a world premiere by Anna Thorvaldsdottir
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Friday, September 16, 2016, 6 PM| Abrons Arts Center Gallery
Gallery Concert Music
Small formations of ICE musicians activate the art gallery’s resonant space with the music of Nicholas Deyoe, Eva-Maria Houben, Salvatore Sciarrino and a world premiere by Tim Feeney. This performance is immediately followed by a 7 PM reception and meet and greet in the Playhouse Lobby.
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Friday, September 16, 2016, 8 PM| Abrons Arts Center Playhouse
ICE collaborates with the University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop and their director, percussionist Greg Stuart, on the world premiere version of Michael Pisaro’s ricefall (2), a 72-minute work for grains of rice falling on objects. This concert is sure to make you think differently about sound, silence, time…music.
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Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11 AM– 6 PM| Abrons Arts Center Gallery
4 Messages
The music of Michael Pisaro continues on Saturday, with ICE violinist Erik Carlson and guitarist Dan Lippel performing four hour-long “messages” in the arts gallery. For performances:
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Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8 PM| Abrons Arts Center Playhouse
Object of Memory
ICE’s newest archiving strategy, ICEcommons, where composers add their works to an open-source library of recordings, scores, and information, bears fruit in this program, which celebrates new relationships between ICE and composers. Music by Seth Cluett, Elliott Carter, Erik Carlson, Vicente Hansen and more!
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Sunday, September 18, 2016, 11 AM | Abrons Arts Center Playhouse
The Living Archive and ICEcommons: Public Archiving Forum
In the spirit of open, public engagement, ICE is collaborating with international archive experts in the 2016-2017 season and beyond. Here, ICE’s (percussionist and archivist Ross Karre hosts a preview of a new archiving project led by Hild Borchgrevink (Nordic Music Days). The event is open to composers and performers who are interested in presenting their works to each other in a casual atmosphere which fosters new relationships and a greater awareness for the works of underrepresented composers around the world. Composers will have the opportunity to describe their work and create entries on the ICEcommons archive.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4 PM| Abrons Arts Center Playhouse
Portrait Concert: Anna Thorvaldsdottir
ICE is thrilled to perform the music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir again, this time adding to the roster a world premiere of her new woodwind quartet, Sequences, written especially for ICE.
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Sunday, September 18, 2016, 5:30 PM| Abrons Arts Center Amphitheater
Garden Party and Meet and Greet!
Join the Abrons Engagement and Teaching Staff and the musicians of ICE for a fun summer’s end get-together around drinks and food. There may even be a surprise performance…!

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 7:30 PM| Abrons Arts Center Playhouse
Improvised Music
The launch weekend culminates with as celebration of new collaborative relationships! ICE improvisers Peter Evans, Cory Smythe, Dan Lippel and David Byrd-Marrow are joined by Swedish vocalist extraordinaire Sofia Jernberg for an hour of virtuosic sound-sculpting.
Runtime: 70 minutes | RSVP now »