Ives Ensemble Workshop

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009 @ 16:00
The Music Gallery

The Music Gallery and Shift present a workshop for students and emerging composers led by the Ives Ensemble. Interested in submitting a score? Download the call for scores.


Photo of Ives EnsembleThe Ives Ensemble was founded in 1986 by the Dutch pianist John Snijders and consists of a steady pool of 14 musicians. The ensemble concentrates on performances of non-conducted 20th and 21st century chamber music, in which, ever since the founding of the ensemble, the music of Charles Ives, John Cage, Morton Feldman and Stefan Wolpe has been serving as its base. A variety of composers have written especially for the Ives Ensemble including John Cage, Aldo Clementi, Walter Zimmermann, Gerald Barry, James Rolfe, Allison Cameron, Richard Ayres, Michel van der Aa and Gerhard Stäbler; the ensemble has performed at international festivals such as the Gaudeamus Music Week, the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, the Biennale Zagreb, the Aterforum Festival Ferrara, Evenings of New Music (Bratislava), Klang-Aktionen '95 (München) and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and has presented programmes in Prague, Gütersloh, Köln, Essen, Berlin, Paris (IRCAM), Granada, Sevilla, Duisburg and Barcelona. The Ives Ensemble's major productions have included For Philip Guston by Morton Feldman (1993), a one-movement piece for flute, percussion and piano lasting 4 1/2 hours; the music theatre production Cahier du Soir by Luc Ferrari (1995); a Morton Feldman retrospective by the Ives Ensemble (1997) with the first Dutch spoken performance of Words and Music by Samuel Beckett/Morton Feldman; and John Cage, Pure Coincidence: a festival in Ten Thunderclaps (2003) during which 10 works by Cage were presented in three days on six different venues.

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