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Concert Thu Dec 06 2012

ICE hosts a night of Brazillian composers

If you're hipper than me, you might've already known that Chicago has a Museum of Contemporary Photography (MOCP). I, however, am exactly as hip as me (let A=A), so this was news in this household. Better still, if you didn't know about MOCP, you might not have known that this Saturday, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is hosting a night of works by four up-and-coming Brazilian composers this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at MOCP (600 S. Michigan Ave.)

Said composers are not altogether new to the Chicago arena. Marcos Balter, for example, composed Descent From Parnassus, a piece for solo flute performed by the dazzling ICE flutist/artistic director/MacArthur Grant recipient Claire Chase back in January of this year at the Art Insititute. That piece will be performed again this Friday, along with two other Balter works, PassarĂ¡, for tape, and Edgewater, for alto and bass flutes. ICE will also perform works for solo and small group work, including Alexandre Lunsqui's Topografia de Um Caminho Andado, for bass flute, and Daniel Puig's Caotrios, for two flutes and horn. Most intriguing is Arthur Kampela's Not I, for solo horn and light, using text from Samuel Beckett's play of the same name, combining recitation, horn playing, and, yes, a light being turned on and off to create unique atmospheres and compositional strategies.

This performance starts promptly at 7:30. It is FREE, but RSVP is required, and as the space is sure to sell out, I'd recommend securing spaces quickly. Email for tickets.

Here's a rendition of Descent From Parnassus by Chase, live in Sao Paolo, Brazil:


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