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Ann Cleare & Alex Mincek in ICE's "Animal Behaviors"


(Ryan Muncy, saxophonist)

The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) consists of some of the best instrumentalists in contemporary music, who regularly champion ensemble works by some of the most fascinating composers of our time. In a free "pop-up" concert at Columbia's Miller Theatre on June 6th, members of ICE will split off to perform solo and duo works that dig into the sonic profiles of individual instruments and players, in a program titled "ICE: Animal Behaviors". 

ICE saxophonist Ryan Muncy will perform Ann Cleare's luna (the eye that opens the other eye) for alto saxophone, as well as Alex Mincek's Pendulum III, for alto saxophone and piano, alongside pianist Jacob Greenberg. In Cleare's luna, the composer writes that "the saxophone should be thought of as a dragonfly with eyes so big they cover almost its entire head, giving it a helmeted appeaance and a full 360-degree field of vision." Check out a recording below. 

ICE and Cleare will return to the Miller Theatre in 2018 with a Composer Portrait concert, featuring a newly-commissioned work, two world premieres, and performances of the square of yellow light that is your window and dorchadas

Mincek's Pendulum IIIis an early entry in the composer's Pendulum series, in which musical material oscillates between two poles, accellerating, decelerating, reaching tipping points, and repeating. Check out a 2015 recording by Michael Ibrahim and Ron Stabinsky below. 

Kate Soper's OITOITOI Premiered by Ogni Suono Duo

Kate Soper's music has always lived in the porous boundaries between the human voice and instruments—reminding us that the voice is indeed an instrument, at once internal and external from our selves. Her new work, OITOITOI, commissioned by the Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo, explores vocal multiphonics paired with instrumental multiphonics, utilizing the player's two voices along with two tenor saxophones. Part of the SaxoVoce project, supported by New Music USA, this new work will be premiered at the Outpost Concert Series at the University of California, Riverside on February 10th. Check out the Ogni Suono duo below.  

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