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.
"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."
"Mario Davidovsky's Synchronisms #10 for guitar and tape was performed with exceptional lucidity by Daniel Lippel."
"Guitarist Dan Lippel was simply brilliant, knowing exactly when to thrust above the string quartet and when to melt into its textures."
"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."
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 is the resident guitarist for two critically acclaimed new music groups: the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003, and has been a guest with many ensembles including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York New Music Ensemble, Either/Or Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, and counter(induction. Recent featured solo appearances include a performance of his new version of Reich's Electric Counterpoint at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR, the premiere of Dai Fujikura's Sparking Orbit in Karlsruhe (Germany), a performance of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez in Riverside, CT, and recitals for the Sinus Ton Festival (Germany), University of Texas at San Antonio, Tangents Guitar Series (San Francisco), and the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Triangle (N.C) guitar societies. As a chamber musician, Lippel has performed at the Macau Music Festival (China), Teatro Amazonas (Manaus, Brasil), Sibelius Academy (Finland), Acht Brücken Festival (Cologne, Germany), the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, and Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall. Lippel has worked closely with many eminent composers including Mario Davidovsky, John Zorn, Ursula Mamlok, and Nils Vigeland.Read More
Returning to the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, ICE teams with Ensemble Itineraire for a unique collaboration. Featuring a program of pieces that continues and responds to European musical traditions, ICE performs a new piece by Lu Wang (commissioned by ICE), as well as works by Steve Lehman, Anthony Cheung and Tristan Murail. Ensemble Itineraire will join ICE for a new piece written for both ensembles by Christopher Trapani, the recent winner of the 2016 Rome Prize.ICE event page
Several concerts including the premiere of Tyshawn Sorey's arrangement of songs associated with Josephine Baker for voice, guitar, flute, bassoon, sax, piano and drums, Carla Kihlstedt's genre straddling At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed by Fire, a program of Saariaho chamber works, and an early morning, mountainside performance of text based scores by Pauline Oliveros.ICE event pageOjai Festival site
An encore performance of Tyshawn Sorey's arrangements of music associated with Josephine Baker, featuring soprano Julia Bullock, at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Playhouse.ICE event page