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ICEBERG New Music

New York, NY            

Founded by Alex Burtzos in 2016, ICEBERG New Music is a collective of ten young composers based in New York City. ICEBERG’s mission is to promote the idea that substance, not surface, is the heart of music creation and perception. The collective’s ten member composers hail from different schools of thought and cultivate radically different sounds – from musical theater and indie rock to avant-garde sounds and electronic installations – but their contrasting musical languages belie a shared emphasis on structure and depth of meaning. When these artists compose for the same ensemble and present their works during a joint concert, the result is a glimpse into the ever-widening possibilities of art music in the twenty-first century.

ICEBERG is committed to excellence of craft, “radical inclusiveness” of style, and educational outreach on behalf of the new music community. During their inaugural 2016-17 season, the collective presented two concerts of world premieres in Manhattan, featuring acclaimed ensembles Contemporaneous and loadbang. In 2017-18, ICEBERG’s concerts will feature Mivos Quartet and Yarn|Wire. All of the organization’s events are followed by a community Q&A, giving audience members the opportunity to engage directly with the composers and performers about the music they just heard.

In June 2017, the ICEBERG composers traveled to Memphis, TN for a residency at Crosstown Arts that included public lectures, workshops, and a pair of public concerts featuring Blueshift Ensemble. Future goals of the organization include the establishment of an educational initiative in Manhattan, a double-album recording project, the creation of a Summer program for younger composers in Memphis, and the continued presentation of two high-level public concerts in NYC each season.

ICEBERG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

MEMBER COMPOSERS

Drake Andersen | Victor Baez | Alex Burtzos | Yu-Chun Chien |Derek Cooper | Max Grafe | Will Healy | Emily Praetorius | Jonathan Russ | Harry Stafylakis

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alex Burtzos | Nils Vigeland | Jay Russ

Alex Burtzos – “Many Worlds 1” (Performed by loadbang)

loadbang performs ICEBERG member composer Alex Burtzos’s “Many Worlds 1” at the DiMenna Center in New York City. Filmed live on May 10, 2017. Text by Jonathan Aprea, used by permission.

Performers:

Jeff Gavett, Baritone
Andrew Kozar, Trumpet
Will Lang, Trombone,
Jeff Gavett, Baritone

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Harry Stafylakis – “Unrelent” (Performed by Contemporaneous)

Contemporaneous performs ICEBERG member composer Harry Stafylakis’s “Unrelent” at the DiMenna Center in New York City.

Filmed live on April 6, 2017 by Jack Frerer & Liana Kleinman. Audio recording by Andrey Radovsky, mixed & mastered by H. Stafylakis.

Performers:

Fanny Wyrick-Flax, flute
Vicente Alexim, bass clarinet
Finn Shanahan, violin
Chris Irvine, cello
Paul Kerekes, piano
Matt Evans, percussion
David Bloom, conductor

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Yu-Chun Chien – “I Mitten, Jag Ser Dig” (Performed by loadbang)

loadbang performs ICEBERG member composer Yu-Chun Chien’s “I Mitten, Jag Ser Dig” at the DiMenna Center in New York City. Filmed live on May 10, 2017. Text by Magnus Mårtensson.

Performers:

Jeff Gavett, Baritone
Andrew Kozar, Trumpet
Will Lang, Trombone,
Jeff Gavett, Baritone

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