Ikarus Chamber Players
Coloring outside the lines of chamber music performance, The Ikarus Chamber Players build an artistic space in which musicians, collaborators, and audience members fuel reciprocity, inspiring exchange within their community. Ikarus has a 6-year history of uniting internationally recognized musicians, commissioning and premiering new works, success with alternative programming and concert experiences, fruitful and continuing collaborations with other artists, attracting a supportive and enthusiastic audience, and of their own concert series at Tarisio. The Ikarus Chamber Players extend their reach to envelop the members of their community who are under-represented in the traditional concert setting by bringing the highest quality music-making to New York City public schools, homes for the elderly, and centers for those in need of care.
Founded in 2005 by clarinetist Sarah Beaty and cellist Julia MacLaine, Ikarus’s first performance was “A Celebration of Contemporary Latin American Music” - a concert of new works by the five composers comprising áltaVoz, at Juilliard’s Paul Hall. Since then, Ikarus has inspired compositions by James Blachly, Mauricio Pauly, John Clark, and their own violinist/mandolinist Jennifer Curtis, and has collaborated with visual artists Nikita Ushakov and Dennis Connors, songstress Jana Andevska, poet Brent MacLaine, and wine geeks Jason Spingarn and Max Treitler.
The Ikarus Chamber Players enjoy bringing their unusual programming to unusual venues, and as such, have performed at The Tenri Cultural Institute, The University Settlement, an Upper East Side garden store called Treillage, and, most notably, they have created their own concert series, "Ikarus At Tarisio", in the intimate setting of a musical instrument auction. They have also been presented by Trinity Church Concerts At One, the National Arts Club, Music Mondays, and at Merkin Hall.
Bringing the concert hall to a wider community, Ikarus designs interactive performances conceptually based on their concert programs and focused on audience participation, exchange, and ownership of the musical experience. Equally passionate about fostering awareness and building connections within communities, Ikarus creates opportunities in which selected students are invited to join and participate in the interactive performances held outside of the public schools but within their immediate community. As alumni of Carnegie Hall's Ensemble ACJW, Ikarus members have held two-year-long artist residencies in NYC public schools, have given over 100 interactive performances in public schools, hospitals, and centers for the deaf and for adults with physical and learning disabilities, have participated in artist residencies at Skidmore College, and have developed large-scale community projects in the US, Canada, and South America.
The American, Canadian, and British members of Ikarus are internationally acclaimed soloists and chamber musicians who have appeared at major concert halls throughout the world. They are also members of Carnegie Hall’s resident Ensemble ACJW, New York’s The Knights, Boston’s conductor-less chamber orchestra A Far Cry, and The Tres Americas Project.