International Contemporary Ensemble to Premiere Two New Commissions ‘MEMORY THREE: Wrestling Waters’ by Mazz Swift & Murat Çolak’s ‘LAV (Death is Not Final)’

By Afton Wooten
Credit: Nisha Sondhe & Zeynep Özkanca

The International Contemporary Ensemble is set to premiere Mazz Swift‘s “MEMORY THREE: Wrestling Waters” and Murat Çolak’s “LAV (Death is Not Final).”

Swift will perform vocals and violin along with Alice Teyssier, who will provide vocals and flute, Peter Evans on the trumpet, and Cory Smythe at the piano for the world premiere of “MEMORY THREE: Wrestling Waters.”  This piece was commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble as part of the “Call for ____” commission program.

An updated version of “LAV (Death is Not Final)” for its NYC premiere will be performed by Çolak on electronics alongside members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. The ensemble gave the world premiere performance at Sonic Matter Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, in December 2021. The composer describes “LAV (Death is Not Final)” “as a form of requiem: a mass written in a nomadic language for the memories, the feelings, the people, and the places that left us. As lava is in constant flux – a flux that destroys and reforms – LAV (Death is Not Final) laments what’s gone and celebrates what’s yet to come.”

Also on the program are works by Akiko Yamane, Brittany J. Green, Tyshawn Sorey, Yaz Lancaster, and the NYC Premiere of a film by Aliya Ultan.

The concert takes place on  April 5 at 8:00 pm at Roulette in Brooklyn. There will also be a live stream that will be archived for later viewing.