Kyle Armbrust, viola
Randy Zigler, double bass
Kemp Jernigan, oboe
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Nathan Davis, percussion
Described as “America’s foremost new-music group” (The New Yorker), the International Contemporary Ensemble has become a leading force in new music throughout the last 20 years. The Ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time.
A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Contemporary Ensemble was also named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2014. The group has served as artists-in-residence at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival (2008-2020), the Ojai Music Festival (2015-17), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010-2015). In addition, the Ensemble has presented and performed at festivals in the U.S. and abroad including the Big Ears Festival, Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, GMEM-Centre National de Création Musicale (CNCM) de Marseille, Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Warsaw Autumn, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and Cité de la Musique in Paris. Other performance venues have included the Park Avenue Armory and the Metropolitan of Art in New York City, ice floes at Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, Brooklyn warehouses, and boats on the Amazon River.
Works by emerging composers have anchored the Ensemble’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present. Now in its third decade, the Ensemble continues to build new digital and live collaborative environments that strengthen artist agency and musical connections around the world. Read more at www.iceorg.org and watch over 350 videos of live performances and documentaries at www.digitice.org.