NYU Composers & ICECommons: 8 new premieres

On Monday, April 8 at 8pm, the International Contemporary Ensemble performs the world premieres of works by NYU graduate student composers Fabian Beltran, Michael Seltenreich, Vasiliki Krimitza, Aine Eva Nakamura, and Michael Rose.

On Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30pm, the Ensemble presents an event featuring artists from the ICEcommons composer-discovery database, Merche Blasco, Sofy Yuditskaya and David Coll in collaboration with the Radical 2 percussion duo.  Guest performers include – Shelley Hirsch, Dafna Naphtali, Jess Rowland, and Margaret Schedel.

“ICEcommons, a crowd-sourced index of information about new works, has become the means by which new collaborations form between emerging artists and the International Contemporary Ensemble. The Abrons Arts Center Underground is the perfect environment for the creation of eight brand new works in two free events on April 8th and 10th.” says, Ross Karre, co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble.


NYU Graduate Student Composers

April 8, 2019: 8:00pm

ICEcommons composer-discovery database

April 10, 2019: 7:30pm



International Contemporary Ensemble

Radical 2 Percussion Duo

Shelley Hirsch, Dafna Naphtali, Jess Rowland, and Margaret Schedel.

Nicholas Demaison, conductor


The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective that is transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. ICE was featured at the Ojai Music Festival from 2015 to 2017, and at recent festivals abroad such as gmem-CNCM-marseille and Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Mexico City. Other performance stages have included the Park Avenue Armory, The Stone, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, and boats on the Amazon River.

New initiatives include OpenICE, made possible with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which offers free concerts and related programming wherever ICE performs, and enables a working process with composers to unfold in public settings. DigitICE, a free online library of over 350 streaming videos, catalogues the ensemble’s performances. ICE’s First Page program is a commissioning consortium that fosters close collaborations between performers, composers, and listeners as new music is developed. EntICE, a side-by-side education program, places ICE musicians within youth orchestras as they premiere new commissioned works together; inaugural EntICE partners include Youth Orchestra Los Angeles and The People’s Music School in Chicago. Summer activities include Ensemble Evolution at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in which young professionals perform with ICE and attend workshops on topics from interpretation to concert production. The International Contemporary Ensemble is the Ensemble in Residence of the Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE. Read more at www.iceorg.org.