"ICEBERG’s roster of decidedly dissimilar composers is one of its greatest strengths: not only does Burtzos lead the audience through the concert with charm, irony, and insight, but I went home after the concert feeling happy and intellectually sated."
- I Care If You Listen
ICEBERG New Music is a collective of ten young composers based in New York City. ICEBERG's mission is to promote the idea that substance, not surface, is the heart of music creation and perception. The collective's ten member composers hail from different schools of thought and cultivate radically different sounds – from musical theater and indie rock to avant-garde sounds and electronic installations – but their contrasting musical languages belie a shared emphasis on structure and depth of meaning. When these artists compose for the same ensemble and present their works during a joint concert, the result is a glimpse into the ever-widening possibilities of art music in the twenty-first century.
ICEBERG is committed to excellence of craft, inclusiveness of style, and educational outreach on behalf of the new music community. They present numerous concerts each season, partnering with some of the country's top ensembles to create programs that are innovative, diverse, and listener-oriented. In 2021-22, ICEBERG's New York City concerts will feature acclaimed ensemble Decoda, performing alongside award-winning poet Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz. All of the organization's events are followed by a community discussion with continuing open bar, giving audience members the opportunity to engage directly with the composers and performers about the music they just heard.
ICEBERG composers are dedicated to engaging directly with the community as energetic advocates of contemporary music. The collective participates in an annual residency at Crosstown Arts in Memphis, TN, during which they present public concerts, free lectures, and teach at the University of Memphis Summer music camp. In 2018, ICEBERG unveiled its Young Composer Award, a scholarship fund aimed at pre-collegiate composers from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds. In 2020, they began the ADVICEBERG project, which offers free career counseling to young composers.
ICEBERG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported in part by a creative engagement grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Stephanie Ann Boyd
BOARD OF DIRECTORS