OpenICE: The Threshing Floor, featuring The Dilettantes International Contemporary Ensemble

Sat Feb 6th - OPENIce is a free, monthly concert produced by International Contemporary Ensemble in partnership with Illinois Humanities Council to expand the boundaries of and audiences for classical music.

This month's concert and conversation features ICE's dream team Claire Chase (flute), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), Levy Lorenzo (electronics) along with the dynamic The Dilettantes.

Free Event, Reservations encouraged or 312.422.5580

02/06/16 - 02/06/16


Call it what you will – experimental, avant-garde, new – but the music of the critically acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is sure to challenge, engage, and challenge your notions of what music can be.

ICE dream team Claire Chase (flute), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), and Levy Lorenzo (electronics) bring Mauricio Pauly’s the threshing floor to Chicago for their OpenICE season collaboration.


The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is dedicated to reshaping the way music is created and experienced. With a modular makeup of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and new strategies for audience engagement. ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners in the 21st century.


Mauricio Pauly: the threshing floor (2015) for percussion, tenor sax, and electronics
Erin Gee: Mouthpiece XXIV (2015) percussion, tenor sax, and amplification (Chicago premiere)
Ashley Fure: Percussion solo The Force of Things (2016)  (World Premiere)
Marcos Balter: Strohbass (2012) for baritone sax and bass flute
Marcos Balter: Pessoa (2013) for bass flute and electronics
Marcos Balter: Alone (2014) for solo flute



From live games to interactive discussions, The Dilettantes specialize in crafting distinctive, immersive experiences. Their projects can be narrative-based, structurally experimental, or anywhere in between, but they are all linked by their steadfast belief in the value of live events and face-to-face interactions. Through their work they explore the nature of what’s joyful, unexpected and necessary about being in a room with other human beings.

Mauricio Pauly

ICE: Claire Chase (flute), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), Levy Lorenzo (electronics) and The Dilettantes

Tags: Literary, Music, American, 2016