Icebreaker: System Restart


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Icebreaker builds on its reputation for championing new music by young musicians with the chops and attitude that redefine contemporary Western music practice.  Six composers from this new generation populate the System Restart programme, and they are taking high profile prizes and establishing increasingly international profiles.  As it turns out, they are all women; Kerry Andrew (UK), Linda Buckley (IRL),  Elizabeth Kelly (US/UK), Anna Meredith (UK), Kate Moore (AU/NL), and Jobina Tinnemans (NL/UK).

Known for laser focus, precision and intensity, Icebreaker performs music appealing to contemporary classical, rock and alternative music audiences alike. Appearing at most major contemporary music festivals around the world, the eleven-piece ensemble present the works some of the best known and most influential composers in contemporary music, such as Michael Nyman, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Gavin Bryars, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Barry Adamson and Donnacha Dennehy. Recent performances of Icebreaker arrangements of Brian Eno’s album Apollo, the early works of Kraftwerk (Kraftwerk Uncovered), and Scott Walker’s Epizootics! have garnered critical praise and celebration.

Kate Moore’s work has been performed at major festivals in Australia, Europe and the US, including her recent oratorio “Sacred Environment”, premiered at the 2017 Holland Festival. Her work for Icebreaker, “The Dam” took the top Dutch prize for composition in July 2017.

Jobina Tinnemans has received international acclaim for works such as “Shakespeare and Hedgeshear”, her MATA commission “Killing Time”, and Sound And Music commission “Turner Piece” and the Moving Classics’ commission titled “Reflections over Verisimilitude.”

Among the accolades recently flowing to Anna Meredith are the following; polling at Number One on The List’s Hot100, and Pitchfork’s description as “One of the most innovative minds in modern British music.”

Linda Buckley’s work is heralded as “exquisite” (Gramophone), “strange and beautiful” (Boston Globe), and “…an exciting body of work that marks her out as a leading figure in the younger generation of Irish composers” (Journal of Music).

Elizabeth Kelly’s works have been performed at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood Festival (US), Gaudeamus (NL), and she has taken two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

Kerry Andrew’s piece “No Place Like” is part of 2017’s BBC Ten Pieces scheme and will premiere at the BBC Proms. Andrew released her debut album under her avant-folk You Are Wolf moniker in 2014, and performs with the award-winning experimental post-a cappella trio Juice Vocal Ensemble, who have released two albums on the Nonclassical label.