“I’m not dismissive of classical music and the Western canon...it’s simply that I can’t be bound by it. I’ve been jumping out of categories all my life.”
– Pauline Oliveros, The New York Times
"IONE’s vocals are like a bright star around which all other sounds orbit.”
International Contemporary Ensemble is “the new gold standard for new music.”
– The New Yorker
After Pauline Oliveros’ death in November 2016, the experimental American composer’s unfinished, collaborative intermedia opera continued to be a source of inspiration, imagination, and retrospection. Excerpts from The Nubian Word for Flowers, performed by International Contemporary Ensemble under the direction of writer and sound artist IONE, offer a glimpse into the hybrid process of posthumous creation, and invite discussion around topics of creation and remembrance.
BAC Salon is a series of concerts performed in an intimate salon setting.
Leadership support for music programming in 2017 provided by the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
IONE is a writer/director and improvising text sound artist. A specialist in dreams and the creative process, she has taught and performed throughout the world with her partner, the late Pauline Oliveros. As Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute for 15 years, she oversaw a vibrant community of artists and musicians.
As a former journalist she traveled and wrote for many national magazines, including Vogue, Essence, Oggi, and the Gannett Chain. Her works include the critically acclaimed memoir Pride of Family; Four Generations of American Women of Color, Nile Night, Remembered Texts from The Deep, Listening in Dreams & This is a Dream! She is playwright and director of Njinga the Queen King, (BAM's Next Wave Festival) the dance opera Io and Her and the Trouble with Him (Union Theater, Wisconsin), The Lunar Opera; Deep Listening For_Tunes, (Lincoln Center Out of Doors) and the experimental narrative film Dreams of the Jungfrau, shot high in the Swiss Alps. All feature music and sound design by Pauline Oliveros.
International Contemporary Ensemble
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world.
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, ICE was also named the 2014 Musical America Ensemble of the Year. The group currently serves as artists in residence at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Mostly Mozart Festival, and previously led a five-year residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.