2014-02-16/17: Icebreaker VII: Open Source

Icebreaker VII: Open Source

On the Boards
Sunday, February 16 at 7:30pm and Monday, February 17 at 7:30pm
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Tickets $20 general / $17 seniors / $12 under 25 / $5 TeenTix

SCP pushes the boundaries of genre and convention with a two-day celebration of high tech music-making, Icebreaker VII: Open Source. Underlining an exciting, coherent and complex dialogue between film, electronics and live music, Open Source seeks to embrace audiences in a single continuum of total perception through performance art that embodies unprecedented technological advances. Live music, text, and multimedia fuse into boundary-breaking aesthetic forms, featuring cutting-edge visual imagery and a vast array of computer technologies. Major works of this new genre will crown each of the two concerts (all festival works include electronics and video).

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="263"] Agata Zubel, soprano[/caption]

In the first performance, Portuguese composer Luis Tinoco’s Spam! (2009) sources the detritus-rich Internet and will leave the audience howling with laughter in much the same way as The Onion or the Daily Show. Italian composer Fausto Romitelli’s magnum opus, the video opera An Index of Metals (2003) is a hypnotic path towards perceptive saturation and the mind-blowing conclusion to the concert.

The second performance features Dutch composer and filmmaker Michel van der Aa’s Up-Close (2010), a hair-raising interaction in which a mysterious film mirrors a dramatic live performance. Also on the program, Greek composer Yannis Kyriakides' Karaoke Etudes (2010) is a sampling of iconic pop classics with video-driven live interactions. German composer Michael Beil’s open source (2008) utilizes a Wiki-type editing approach to a classical aria.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="202"] Julie Albers, cello[/caption]

SCP will be joined by several internationally acclaimed performers. Bringing to life the heroine in van der Aa’s Up-Close is award-winning cellist Julie Albers who has performed with the Seattle Symphony and is a beloved mainstay of Seattle Chamber Music Society. Virtuoso Polish soprano Agata Zubel returns once again to break the ice with SCP in Romitelli’s opera. Also performing are Grammy-nominated conductor Alastair Willis, baritone Jared Michael Brown, and many of Seattle’s finest chamber musicians.


Concert I - 02/16/2014, 7:30pm


Luis Tinoco (b. 1969, Portugal): Spam! (2009) for baritone (narrator) and large chamber ensemble

Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004, Italy): An Index of Metals (2003) for soprano solo and large chamber ensemble


Concert II - 02/17/2014, 7:30pm


Michael Beil (b. 1963, Germany): open source (2008) for flute, clarinet, violin, and cello

Yannis Kyriakides (b. 1969, Greece): Karaoke Etudes (2010) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and piano

Michel van der Aa (b. 1970, Netherlands): Up-Close (2010) for cello solo and strings





Graciously supported by grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4Culture.