OpenICE at the Hideout | Simple Songs

OpenICE at the Hideout | Simple Songs

Sun, October 12, 2014

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


OpenICE at the Hideout | Simple Songs
OpenICE at the Hideout | Simple Songs
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most accomplished and adventurous groups in new music,” kicks off its 2014-2015 season of performances around the globe with an evening in Chicago of recent works developed by some of ICE's favorite composers and ICE musicians, followed by a discussion with the musicians and special guest moderator Lisa Lee, Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This is the first of ICE’s OpenICE series at The Hideout, produced in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Council. These series of free, intimate performances will give audiences insight into the art of creating and experiencing contemporary classical music.

The event is free with registration through the Illinois Humanities Council! Register here:

Dai Fujikura's "Minina" was written for the birth of his daughter and is a joyful overture to a new life. Nathan Davis' "Simple Songs of Birth and Return", written for the birth of his friends' daughter, turns inward, featuring the delicate sounds of a solo mbira, against the backdrop of electronic sounds. "The Tempest" spotlights John Zorn's close understanding of ICE musicians, assigning Shakespearean characters to the flute, clarinet and drums. The program also features "Capricci", by Chicago superstar Augusta Read Thomas, who was a mentor to ICE in the early years of the band, and whose music continues to be a huge inspiration for the players.

Featured Musicians:
Claire Chase, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Nick Masterson, oboe
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Nathan Davis, percussion

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Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642