Icebreaker Live


Icebreaker perform five new works by composers Ed Bennett, Paul Whitty, Linda Buckley, Craig Vear and Roy Carroll, alongside Julia Wolfe's classic work Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, in a new arrangement..


Oxford, 22nd March 2015

Birmingham Concervatoire, 21st April

Ivey Arts Centre, Surrey University, Guildford, autumn 2015, date tbc 

Icebreaker launch their new project, based on the idea of recycling with five new works and a classic.  Ed Bennett's Suspect Device recycles the eponymous song by Stiff Little Fingers, Roy Carroll uses feedback loops made from the sounds of people's instruments, Craig Vear is using LAN-connected computers to send fragments of existing musical material to players live, and Paul Whitty is recycling a whole piece from Icebreaker's existing repertorie (Michael Gordon's Yo Shakespeare), but with a startlingly different effect.

Come and see the programme at the Audiograft Festival in Oxford on March 22nd or at the Birmingham Conservatoire on April 21st, or at Surrey University in the autumn.

Supported by Sound and Music touring programme   
Ed Bennett commission supported by Britten-Pears Foundation
Roy Carroll Commission supported by Arts Council Ireland

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