07/03/18 OXFORD Holywell Music Rooms (System Restart)

Younger composers with talent and attitude are redefining music, and foremost amongst them an ever greater number of women – and this is being celebrated in Icebreaker’s new programme featuring music by six fantastic, free, unrepressed, uncategorisable women composers of the new generation.

New music by Jobina Tinnemans, whose work includes music for table tennis players and hedge shearers, You Are Wolf’s Kerry Andrew, whose output includes an opera about swimming, Nottingham University’s own Elizabeth Kelly, and Australian Kate Moore is complemented by Linda Buckley’s exquisite, soaring Azure, plus Anna Meredith’s Orlok and Nautilus from her surging, joyful Moshi Moshi EP’s.

5/5/18 LONDON Kings Place performing Louis Andreissen’s ‘De Snelheid’ + music by Michael Gordon, Anna Meredith, Whitley, & Lang

Last year on 11th October at the Barbican Milton Court, the group and pedal-steel guitarist BJ Cole played the live premier of SCOTT WALKER’s 10 minute song ‘Epizootics!’with a special live arrangement by the group’s Audrey Riley overseen by Scott’s long time co-producer Peter Walsh. Guardian Review

The performance also featured works by Steve Martland, Anna Meredith and the entirety of Icebreaker’s production of ‘Kraftwerk Uncovered’. Further performances TBC

KRAFTWERK UNCOVERED arr. J PETER SCHWALM : Following on from the critical success of their live and recorded interpretation of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois “Apollo” and in collaboration with German composer J. Peter Schwalm (who has previously collaborated  with Eno), Icebreaker have created their own unique orchestral interpretation of the works of Kraftwerk. Commissioned by  The Arts Council, and with additional funding from the Goethe Institute, “Kraftwerk Uncovered” was unveiled on January 24th with two sold out multi media performances at London’s Science Museum IMAX Cinema. These were accompanied by a specially commissioned split screen film assembled by video installation artist Sophie Clements ( Toby Cornish drawing inspiration from the music of Kraftwerk and appropristely filmed in Germany’s industrial heartland – the Ruhr. Further multi-media performances and an album release of the music and film are slated for 2015. These shows will also feature Icebreakers’ unique arrangements of modern composition with music by Barry Adamson (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds/Magazine) Michael Nyman, and Michael Gordon.

Icebreaker have secured funding from Sound and Music for their ‘Recycled’ project. Especially commissioned works written by emerging composers Missy Mazzoli, Matt Wright, Paul Whitty, Ed Bennett, and Roy Carroll will be written then performed for the first time live by the group at a series of live performances later in the year.

Following sell out dates in the UK and Europe in 2011 and 2012, the group are planning further performances of Brian Eno’s, Daniel Lanois, and Roger Eno’s ‘Apollo’ to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings in 2019. All shows will feature BJ Cole on pedal steel guitarcas well as Al Reinert’s lunar landings film ‘For All Mankind’. Dates TBC