ICE will rule my summer, which is a great thing: there are a lot of incredibly exciting projects ahead. First up, a preview of the group’s upcoming tour to Darmstadt, on June 29 at (Le) Poisson Rouge. I’m not joining them on tour, but I’m playing for the preview event with the already-legendary JACK Quartet, suitably titled ICE/JACK.
But before that, we start rehearsals on Monday with Steven Schick conducting us for our upcoming Varése love-fest at Alice Tully Hall. This, especially, is a dream project for me–playing alongside not just the great brass and winds of ICE but also So Percussion, one of the greatest percussion bands on the planet. I’m already feeling Varése’s futurist energy as I practice these pieces, and better yet, I’m sharing his wonderment at New York City, as if I too were fresh off the boat.