The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in The Mall has announced a ‘new direction’ for its music programme, with the aim of putting together a series that is ‘aligned to its new artistic vision’.
The news comes after a period of transition for the multi-purpose arts centre. It appointed a new Executive Director, Gregor Muir, in February, and secured Arts Council support last month, albeit with a significant chunk taken out of its budget.
Starting in June, the new ICA programme will present ‘innovative and challenging contemporary music,’ including contemporary classical, experimental music and club nights, all in a ‘gallery context’.
The first of the new series demonstrates what the ICA is trying to do: connect the music programme to its main exhibitions. Contemporary classical ensemble Amorpha performs pieces linked with Pablo Bronstein’s exhibition Sketches for Regency Living on June 9.
Other events announced include cross-genre fusion on June 23, when Norwegian artist and singer Nils Bech ‘leads three musicians in a mix of acoustics and electronics’. There will also be student performances in the ICA bar (called Sunday Sessions) and the continuation of the gallery’s club night.
The new music programme will continue throughout the year. See here to keep an eye on how it develops.