Guitarist Dan Lippel gave a precise, sensitive rendition of Leo Brouwer’s 1973 “Parabola,” the Cuban composer at his most modernistic, his heritage only implied by his idiomatic fluency with the instrument.

Matthew Guerrieri (Boston Globe)

"Lippel manages this quite well. “Aufenthalt” storms angrily, “Die Post” dances jauntily (but doesn’t fail to catch the note of despair in poet Wilhelm Müller’s lonely lover), and “Ständchen”is simply irresistible. Lippel’s is a strong performance that will reward the listener."

Ken Keaton (Classical Voice of North America)

"Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms #10 for guitar and tape was performed with exceptional lucidity by Daniel Lippel."

Mark Barry (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)

"Abandoned Time gives us another chance to hear modern guitar polymath, Dan Lippel, this time backed by the stellar International Contemporary Ensemble. Lippel and ICE put their hearts into this project, delivering expressive, detailed, and precise interpretations."

Guitar Review (Ian Antonio)

“These performances definitely have a live feel, though there's no sense of the facile- only depth caught on the wing. Sometimes Lippel dwells indulgently in the moment, as in the Grave of the A minor Sonata or the Sarabande of the A major Suite; at other times the music is allowed to flow naturally, as in the final movements of those works. Looseness and tension are fluently articulated within a flexible, expressive framework. An impressive release, then. Not a definitive statement- nor is it meant to be. Full marks to Lippel for daring to show a little humanity”

Gramophone (William Yeomen)


About Daniel Lippel

Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review) has carved out a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel has been the resident guitarist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and Flexible Music since 2003 and has been a guest with many other ensembles including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, New York City Opera, Either/Or Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and counter(induction. Recent performance highlights include recitals at the Sinus Ton Festival (Germany), Lawrence University (Wisconsin), and the New York Classical Guitar Society, and chamber performances on the Macau Music Festival (China), Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne, Germany), Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and at at Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brasil), Sibelius Academy (Finland), and Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall. Lippel has worked closely with many eminent composers including Mario Davidovsky, Ursula Mamlok, Charles Wuorinen, and Nils Vigeland, and performed works by Kaija Saariaho, George Crumb, Louis Andriessen, Magnus Lindberg, and George Lewis with the composers in attendance. 

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Tuesday February 20th, 2018 7:00 pm

Kettle Corn New Music - solo recital at Le Poisson Rouge

Kettle Corn New Music presents a recital of new contemporary guitar music

works for classical and electric guitar by Fausto Romitelli, Chris Rogerson, Reiko Fueting, Ursula Mamlok, Ingram Marshall, Martin Bresnick, and Ryan Harper.

LPR website

Thursday March 1st, 2018

Ann Cleare composer portrait at Miller Theatre

International Contemporary Ensemble plays music by Ann Cleare on Miller Theatre Composer Portrait series

Addressing themes that range from darkness and isolation to perception and discovery, Ann Cleare has an uncanny ability to translate our innermost experiences and emotions through music. But the spatial and visual aspects of sound excite her, too, as in the multi-dimensional eyam iv (Pluto’s Farthest Moons). International Contemporary Ensemble presents some of the young Irish composer’s most striking works, including the square of yellow light that is your window, inspired by fellow Irish artist Oscar Wilde.

Dorchadas for ensemble
the square of yellow light that is your window for alto saxophone, piano, electric guitar, and percussion
New Work for voice, bassoon, viola, cello, bass, and guitar
eyam iv for contrabass flute and ensemble

Steven Schick, conductor

ICE website

Thursday March 8th, 2018 8:00 pm

Solo recital at Univ. of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Solo recital, works by Reiko Fueting, Scott Miller, Kyle Bartlett, others tbd

UWEC website