International Contemporary Ensemble | Performance Space New York

The Forest is Young and Full of Life

The Forest is Young and Full of Life

The Forest is Young and Full of Life

“…part of a trend of multidisciplinary ensembles with genre-defying approaches that appeal to smart, adventurous young audiences.”
– Anne Midgette, The New York Times

“…crackling virtuosity…their music grabs the listener by the lapels and refuses to let go.”
– John Von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

In the 1960’s Italian composer Luigi Nono turned to theater and electronics to express his political sentiments outside of the constraints of the concert hall. Nono’s bold anti-war statement, A floresta é jovem cheja de vida (The Forest is Young and Full of Life (1966) blends his experiments with the human voice, traditional instruments and electronic playback into a self-contained dramatic work. ICE is proud to present this work in collaboration with world-renowned soprano Tony Arnold and director Habib Azar.

Approximate running time: 65 minutes

New: Listen to International Contemporary Ensemble’s Concerto 2, Movement 4 in mp3 format.

May 22 and 23

Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

$20, $15 Students, Seniors

($10 Members)

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Dear Land

International Contemporary Ensemble’s

Dear Land, directed by Berlin based Lydia Steier, is an evening of two contemporary works: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies‘ Eight Songs for a Mad King (1969) and the World Premiere of Chinese-American composer Du Yun‘s Zolle (2005). Eight Songs for a Mad King portrays the madness of King George III of England who was declared permanently insane ten years before his death. In Du Yun’s Zolle a dead woman wanders through the shadowy space between memory and reality, tracing the lines of her identity through the land she once walked: an immigrant in death as in life. Dear Land juxtaposes these two sung monodramas of radically different style, and seamlessly combines sound, text, movement and multimedia images in the examination of the mind when torn from the body.

October 27-30, 2005
Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

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