Wojtek Blecharz’s Music for Invisible Places is a semi-staged and choreographed evening-length piece scored for mixed chamber ensemble. A Polish-born composer, Blecharz was previously a resident of the United States, during which time he began collaborating with ICE musicians, before relocating to Germany in 2015. His Music for Invisible Places makes reference to areas of our world where individuals must look within themselves—to “invisible” places—because they are forbidden to live their truest lives publicly. The work brings the voices of artists killed in Syria and Iraq to the stage via spoken word, folk instruments, and ritualistic actions. The work was commissioned by ICE in 2016; over the 12 months since the project’s inception, there have been several composer-performer workshops as well as two partial work-in-progress showings. —Ryan Muncy

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