The Program

Echoing the environmental themes and communal experience of John Luther Adams's In the Name of the Earth, Michael Pisaro’s 75-minute piece embeds audience members in a grid of 100 performers, where they are slowly submerged in an ocean of sound. Isolated, imperceptibly soft noises—sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—are layered into powerful waves of sound adding to the immersive nature of the experience. A work of monumental scale, presented with uncommon immediacy, a wave and waves melds microscopic moments of friction, gravity, and vibration into a single, pulsing organism.


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Composers' Forum

Thursday, August 2, 6:00–6:45 pm

Bruno Walter Auditorium, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

“Quietly epic...mammoth in scale, and microscopic in detail... an iridescent aural landscape (or seascape), not to mention a truly magical, and deeply meditative, listening experience...the ultimate practice in mindfulness”
– Limelight Magazine (Australia) on a wave and waves
“Enthralling and mesmerizing.”
– All About Jazz on Michael Pisaro’s music


61 West 62 Street


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International Contemporary Ensemble

A wave and waves

Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm David Rubenstein Atrium

7:30 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously scheduled 9:30 pm performance has been canceled.

This is an intimate, immersive experience. Seating is very limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart

with additional performers from the Walden School's Young Musicians Program and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts

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A collaboration of ICE, Walden School’s Young Musicians Program, and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts as part of the OpenICE initiative


ICE’s 2017–18 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.