We were really bummed to cancel our concert at Southern Theater (Minneapolis) on April 26th because of economic straits. At a time when many music and arts venues are struggling to stay afloat, ICE decided to bring the concert to curious audience members in a different way—online! On April 26th, we decided to do a performance/recording session at the Brooklyn ICEhaus that was then streamed by WQXR. The evening featured two new pieces that I wrote from my ICElab, including Beneath A Trace of Vapor for flute and electronics and Glass Clouds We Have Known for toy piano, bass clarinet, flute, bowls, keyboard,electronics and video. We are unfortunately unable to capture the visual world of this piece without a theater, but be sure to check back and see it’s New York premiere scheduled to take place in November of 2011. The concert also featured works by ICElab composers Mario Diaz de Leon and Steve Lehman. Thanks to WQXR for broadcasting our performance!
Eric Lamb, flute
Josh Rubin, clarinet
Cory Smythe, keyboard
Rob Dietz, video artist
We are now accepting submissions for the 4th UnCaged Toy Piano Composition Competition. The theme for this year is Toy Toy Toy! Music for Toy Piano and Toy Instruments. The winning selections will be performed at our 1st UnCaged Toy Piano FESTIVAL. Deadline is July 15th.
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Rob and I just finished our residency at CUNY’s Entertainment Technology Program for Looking Glass ReWondered, an evening length concert for toy pianos, videos, puppets, and media inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. We were recently featured in Tom Tom Magazine and Vinyl District. Our last performance will be at the Cinema Arts Centre (Huntington, NY) on May 20th.
This was from our first night of dress rehearsal of Down the Rabbit-Hole.
Last night was our first night of tech for Looking Glass ReWondered opening on April 14th at Voorhees Theater (186 Jay St, Dumbo.) Here is a picture that was taken during The Memoirist. Chip Scott did the scenic design and I’m totally in love with the egg-shaped platforms for the three sections of The Memoirist. There’s still more to see in the actual show, so please come out to see it!
People should know more about CUNY’s Entertainment Technology program. They are the only undergraduate program that trains students for backstage careers at concerts, cruise ships, amusement parks, and many other events that require tech support. Each year they develop several concerts/productions that becomes part of their course load for the semester. I have also heard a good deal about their Hanuted Hotel, an elaborate October-long haunted house that the faculty and students put together to showcase their talents and energies.
I am extremely grateful for their help and collaboration!