Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz icon Henry Threadgill joins International Contemporary Ensemble for the NYC premiere of his recent work, Pathways.

For over forty years, Henry Threadgill has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Threadgill is a recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music for In for a Penny, In for a Pound. Threadgill is an early member of the AACM.

“Henry Threadgill’s music has consistently presented novel and striking approaches to his major medium, works for chamber-sized ensembles under his own direction.  The unmistakably personal sound of his music emerges from an audacious harmonic system and startling orchestrational practice. Threadgill‘s intricate, unpredictable, and often playful juxtapositions of notated forms with improvised structures enacts a cosmopolitan vision that is perfectly compatible with the mission and vision of the International Contemporary Ensemble, as we work with him to bring together in performance diverse musical personalities and aesthetics to consistently militate against received limitations of genre.”  — George Lewis, Artistic Director, International Contemporary Ensemble


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Prep School: Pathways

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