Featuring a faculty of performers drawn from the ranks of the International Contemporary Ensemble, along with an extraordinary group of composers, improvisers, and conversation partners, Ensemble Evolution (EVO) explores the evolving range and depth of ensemble playing in the early 21st century.

Through workshops, performance, side-by-side collaboration with faculty on newly commissioned works, and group conversation, EVO participants engage in an holistic approach to making music, building community, and imagining pathways forward for the future of the ensemble. In addition to the International Contemporary Ensemble, the EVO faculty is anchored by internationally renowned composers George Lewis, Liza Lim, Alvin Lucier, Yvette Janine Jackson and the improvisation faculty includes luminaries Matana Roberts, Peter Evans, Mazz Swift and Wilfrido Terrazas. Esteemed guest artists in Summer 2019 include Tyshawn Sorey, Wu Wei, Aiyun Huang, Eduardo Kohn and IONE. EVO also welcomes Rania El Mugammar as a conversation partner who will guide our discussions around social responsibility and racial and gender equity in the music field.

As a part of Ensemble Evolution’s ongoing commitment to the creation of new repertory for a new generation, 2019 Banff Centre-commissioned works will be premiered this summer by Lucier, Jackson, and Masaoka.

Over the course of the program, participants will take increasing responsibility for programming, rehearsing, and producing the concerts, resulting in a participant-driven marathon of performances at the culmination of the program. Ensemble Evolution prepares the 21st century musician by promoting artistic excellence, seeding collaboration, fostering social consciousness, and exploring new modes of community-building through music.