Illinois Modern Ensemble


The Illinois Modern Ensemble comprises students dedicated to the performance of contemporary and experimental music. Its repertoire in recent seasons includes works by leading figures such as Steve Reich, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Augusta Read Thomas, as well as a constant stream of new works by student and faculty composers, often featuring technology and multimedia. The IME also presents the winners of the annual Salvatore Martirano Composition Award, an international contest that draws over 200 applications each year. In 2013 the ensemble’s recording of Another Fantastic Voyage by Dmitri Tymoczko was released on Bridge Records; in 2014 the group appears at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Illinois Modern Ensemble director Stephen Andrew Taylor composes music that explores boundaries between art and science. His first orchestra commission, Unapproachable Light—inspired by images from the Hubble Space Telescope and the New Testament—was premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in 1996 in Carnegie Hall. Other works include the quartet Quark Shadows, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony; and Seven Memorials, a half-hour cycle for piano inspired by the work of Maya Lin and featured at Tanglewood in 2006. The Machine Awakes, a CD of his orchestra, chamber and electronic music, was released in 2010 on Albany Records. Paradises Lost, an opera based on a novella by Ursula K. Le Guin, received its Toronto premiere in 2013, conducted by the composer. Born in 1965, Taylor is Professor of Composition-Theory at the University of Illinois, where he lives with his spouse, artist Hua Nian, and their two children.

IME Current Students - Rehearsal Schedule


Fall 2014

Wednesday, September 24
Tryon Festival Theatre 7:30 pm

Martirano Memorial Award Concert

David Coll, Act
Aurélio Edler-Copes, Encore Seule
Salvatore Martirano, Octet
Nina C. Young, Traced Upon Cinders

Wednesday, October 15
Studio Theatre 7:30 pm

with Vinko Globokar, guest composer

Dongryul Lee, Circular Simulacrum
Kerrith Livengood, bird convergence
Vinko Globokar, Kaleidoscope im Nebel

Wednesday, November 12
Tryon Festival Theatre 7:30 pm

Agata Zubel, Not I
Cezary Duchnowski, 151, 242, 333
Pawel Heindrich, Emergon aB (alpha Beta)
Krzysztof Wolek, Motions, Stases

(with special concerts in Louisville, KY, November 14 & Chicago, November 16)

Spring 2015

Wednesday, February 11
Foellinger Great Hall 7:30 pm

Carlos Carrillo, and then, in dreaming for 5 voices and chamber orchestra
Joe Meland, new work

Saturday, March 7
Foellinger Great Hall 7:30 pm

Philipp Blume, Unit Circle
Matthias Spahlinger, Furioso

(with guest appearance at the University of Chicago)

Sunday, April 19
Colwell Playhouse Theatre 3:00 pm

new works by UI composers Eric Zurbin, Lucas Smith, Sunyeong Pak, M.O. Abbott

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