Icebreaker are an 11-piece band, whose characteristically individual repertoire includes some of the best known and most influential composers in contemporary music, such as Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Anna Meredith, Kerry Andrew, Kate Moore, Steve Martland and Gavin Bryars, as well as interpretations of music by Brian Eno, Scott Walker, Barry Adamson and Kraftwerk. With their distinctive amplified sound, Icebreaker represent a unique voice in British music.
Icebreaker have appeared at many major contemporary music festivals, including the Lincoln Center Festival in New York, South Bank Centre’s Meltdown, a dedicated three-day Icebreaker festival with the Vienna Musik Galerie and a featured concert accompanied by the Bochum Symphony Orchestra.
Frequent visits to the United States include appearances at major venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Regular performances in London have taken place at the Barbican, the South Bank Centre, Sadlers Wells, Kings Place and the Almeida Theatre, amongst many others. Icebreaker have also collaborated on many dance projects, including with the Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Random Dance and the Richard Alston Dance Company.
In summer 2009 Icebreaker in conjunction with London's Science Museum and pedal-steel guitarist B J Cole, launched a live version of Brian Eno’s classic ambient album “Apollo”, which has toured extensively since. In January 2014 Icebreaker launched a new project, "Kraftwerk Uncovered: A Future Past", with music created by J. Peter Schwalm and a new film by Sophie Clements and Toby Cornish, based on material by Kraftwerk.
They have released seven albums, including "Apollo", “Terminal Velocity” and Michael Gordon's “Trance” as well as “Music with Changing Parts” by Philip Glass.
Current projects include System Restart, exploring new work by women composers, a live version of Scott Walker's song "Epizootics", and a new collaborative project with the Science Museum.