The Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music (JICM) was founded in 1988 to bring the music of our time to a wider audience, through performance, research and education. Now in its thirty-second year, the Institute has enriched the cultural life of Jerusalem, while creating cutting-edge artists. Founder and Director Dr. Stephen Horenstein envisioned a “dual-track” approach: 1) to energize the artistic life of Jerusalem and 2) to develop gifted youth, primarily from “at risk” backgrounds. This approach has been the “hallmark” of the Institute through over two decades of work.
JICM is indebted to the Jerusalem Foundation to the establishment of the Institute as well as its ongoing support and encouragement.
Currently housed in its unusual studio (a converted bomb shelter!) in the dynamic neighborhood of Kiryat HaYovel, JICM hosts a state of the art recording studio, an experimental interactive lab using current technologies, and a large catalogued collection of over 500 musical instruments—all of which are offered to composers as resources for their creativity.
In addition, the Institute has hosted many prestigious international artists, including legendary composer Bill Dixon, experimental vocalist David Moss, musicologist Professor Jeremy Montegu, choreographer Steve Paxton, as well as dozens of well-known Israeli artists (to name a few: Professor Eitan Steinberg, Esti-Kenan, Vertigo Dance Company, lighting artist Uri Rubinstein, sculptor Israel Hadany, composer Lior Navok, percussionist Jeffery Kowalsky, and others).
Activities have included an annual new music festival (“Music On the Edge“), composer commissions, cutting-edge ensembles, experiments in interactive technologies (performer/composer-electronics/computer), and the development of innovative educational techniques.
To its credit, the Institute has produced several CD’s, marketed worldwide, through its subsidiary JICM Recordings. A recent initiative is the “Cine-Concert Project“, breathing new life into silent films, with the latest premiere , a live film score to silent classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) in the well-known Festival D’Ile de France. Most recently it established the Siday Fellowship for Musical Creativity, through the Eric and Edith Siday Charitable Foundation, for support of Israeli composers and performers in pursuit of their advanced studies. A most recent outreach program for the elderly (Enhancing Life for the Elderly Through Music) has researched music’s important impact on quality of life, memory, and wellness of the aged.