This Spectral Streams tour, initiated to celebrate the 70th birthday of Gérard Grisey (one of the founders of Ensemble L’Itinéraire), features works by French and American composers associated with the spectral school of composition. Three generations are featured throughout the tour: seminal works by Grisey (“Périodes” and “Partiels”), chamber pieces by “post-spectral” French composers (Philippe Leroux, Franck Bedrossian), and works by recent IRCAM-trained Americans such Ashley Fure and Christopher Trapani— whose new work “PolychROME,” commissioned specifically for this collaboration, receives its world premiere at Roulette.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) is an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave music’s present.
Ensemble l’Itinéraire is one of the main European ensembles dedicated to the performance of contemporary music, known in particular for its performances of spectral music works. Based in Paris, the ensemble was founded in January 1973 by Michaël Lévinas, Tristan Murail, Hugues Dufourt, Gérard Grisey and Roger Tessier. Since its creation, the ensemble has collaborated with many composers and created hundreds of art pieces.