International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
November 30, 2017
8:00 PM

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
New York, NY 10002
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Experiments in Opera, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Ministry of Ma’at celebrate the life and legacy of Pauline Oliveros with the world premiere of her opera collaboration with writer/director IONE. Encompassing the Nubian Diaspora and the life of Lord Horatio Herbert Kitchener of Khartoum, the opera uses live performance, electronics and moving images to create a deep dream exploration of Nubian soul and Colonial Mind.

EiO will present selections from Rainbird a work-in-development between EiO co-founder Aaron Siegel and director, Mallory Catlett, based on the work of author Janet Frame.

The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera

Michael Wyant, Bass baritone (KofK, Herbert)
Delaram Kamareh, Coloratura Soprano (Hermione, Lily)
Peter Tantsits, Tenor (Colonel Oswald, Lord C)
Alice Teyssier, Mezzo Soprano (Orkney Woman and Sybille)
Zizo, Baritone and Oud, Flute, Duff (The Nubian Boatman)
IONE, Text and vocals (The Interviewer)
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
Nicholas DeMaison, Music Director

IONE, Direction
Rebecca Rouse, Assistant Director and Dramaturg
Monica Duncan and Ross Karre, Video Design
Nick Houfeck, Lighting Design
Senem Pirler, Sound Engineer


Gelsey Bell, Voice
Justin Hicks, Voice
Andie Springer, Violin
Aaron Siegel, Percussion
Mallory Catlett, Director



Pauline Oliveros was a senior figure in contemporary American music.  Her career spanned fifty years of boundary dissolving music making.  In the ’50s she was part of a circle of iconoclastic composers, artists, poets gathered together in San Francisco. Awarded the John Cage award for 2012 from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts, Oliveros wass Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and Darius Milhaud Artist-in-Residence at Mills College.  Oliveros was been as interested in finding new sounds and in finding new uses for old ones –her primary instrument was the accordion, an unexpected visitor perhaps to musical cutting edge, but one which she approached in much the same way that a Zen musician might approach the Japanese shakuhachi.  Pauline Oliveros’ life as a composer, performer and humanitarian was about opening her own and others’ sensibilities to the universe and facets of sounds.  Since the 1960’s she influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual.  Pauline Oliveros was the founder of “Deep Listening,” which comes from her childhood fascination with sounds and from her works in concert music with composition, improvisation and electro-acoustics.  Pauline Oliveros described Deep Listening as a way of listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what you are doing.  Such intense listening includes the sounds of daily life, of nature, of one’s own thoughts as well as musical sounds. Deep Listening is my life practice,” she explained, simply.  Oliveros was founder of Deep Listening Institute, formerly Pauline Oliveros Foundation.

IONE is an author/playwright/director and an improvising text-sound artist. She has taught and performed throughout the world with her partner and spouse of 30 years, the noted composer and musician, Pauline Oliveros. Ione was Artistic Director of Deep Listening Institute for 15 years and she is currently, a Deep Listening Certification Instructor at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselear, Troy, NY. As Founding Director of The Ministry of Maåt, Ione encourages and supports women’s well-being and sustains a vibrant international community of writers, visual artists, and musicians.


International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world.

M.o.M., Inc. is an international spiritual and educational organization nurturing the a harmonious and balanced world community.

The Ministry of Maåt’s 2017 performance of The Nubian Word for Flowers; A Phantom Opera is a made possible by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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