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ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)
Chance Encounters

Wed, Oct 5, 2011, 7:30–7:30 pm


ICE with Steven Schick. Photo by Joshua Bright

“Crackling virtuosity … their music grabs the listener by the lapels and refuses to let go.”
Chicago Tribune 

One evening in 1950, Morton Feldman and John Cage ran into each other on the way out after a performance of a piece by Anton Webern. This chance encounter was the beginning of a long and artistically fruitful friendship, which brought Feldman to the center of New York’s legendary experimental scene of the 1950’s.

This program connects the dots between six of the most powerful and contrasting voices of our time, including works by fellow sound-explorers Pauline Oliveros and Iannis Xenakis.

These composers had as much to say about the weight, space, and meaning of sound as any in our time, and ICE brings them together, under the baton of conductor and percussionist Steven Schick, for a new encounter.


  • Morton Feldman (1926-1987): Routine Investigations 
  • John Cage (1912-1992): 8′ 10″ For Musicians arr. by ICE from Cage’s “Minute” pieces (1953-1956) and 45′ for a Speaker (1954)
  • Pauline Oliveros (b. 1932): Double X (1960)
  • Anton Webern (1883-1945): Concerto for 9 instrument (1934)
  • John Cage: Imaginary Landscape #4 (1951)
  • Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Thallein (1984)

Running time: 70 minutes, with intermission


Program Notes

Learn more about ICE

Read more at ICE’s blog, DigitICE


Support for this project is generously provided by The Lester S. Abelson Foundation and The Amphion Foundation, Inc.