The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) returns for its fourth consecutive season at MTA with programs highlighting the works of composer and percussionist Nathan Davis and experimental music pioneer Christian Wolff—including the world premiere of a commission in celebration of Mr. Wolff’s 80th birthday.
Inspired by natural processes and acoustic phenomena, Nathan Davis makes music that elucidates essential characters of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them. Christian Wolff's extraordinary career spans more than 60 years. Working in the realms of composed and improvised sound, his works continue to explore the subtle interactions between performers and the music they play. He studied briefly with John Cage and was a key earlier composer-collaborator with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. With 33 instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced.