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ACME: 15 Years - Music of Eno, Thorvaldsdottir, Sirota, Young

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Tenri Cultural Institute of New York

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ACME celebrates its 15th anniversary with three concerts at Tenri Cultural Institute in 2020 - January 17, March 13, and May 29.

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"such soul, passion, and excellent command" - NPR

"the ensemble gave the punchy, intricate score a tight, viscerally powerful performance" - The New York Times

This concert comprises music that offers an opportunity for stillness, featuring works that confront the concepts of shadow and light, focus and blur, invoking themes that are both conceptual and programmatic. Robert Sirota’s Triptych was written in 2002, to commemorate the victims of September 11. The New York Times describes the piece as, “proceed[ing] through unease and lamentation to end with a tone of resilience and hope.” Composer Nina C. Young’s experience in the electronic music studio informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself, continuously metamorphosing from one state to another. Her Meditation for violin and cello was written in 2013. Anna Thorvaldsdottir is an Icelandic composer whose “seemingly boundless textural imagination” (The New York Times) sound world has made her “one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music” (NPR). Her trio Reflections was written in 2016 for Nordic Affect. Brian Eno’s ambient classic Discreet Music from 1975, arranged by Grey Mcmurray for ACME, completes the program.

Robert Sirota: Triptych

Nina C. Young: Meditation

Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Reflections

Brian Eno: Discreet Music (arr. by Grey Mcmurray)

ACME players for this concert include Ben Russell and Ravenna Lipchik, violins; Isabel Hagen, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello; and Grey Mcmurray, electric guitar.

Over the past 15 years, led by cellist and artistic director Clarice Jensen, ACME has risen to the highest ranks of American new music through a mix of meticulous musicianship, artistic vision, engaging collaborations, and unwavering standards in every regard. The membership of the amorphous collective includes some of the brightest young stars in the field. NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and Strings reports, “ACME’s absorbing playing pulsed with warm energy. . . Shared glances and inhales triggered transitions in a flow so seamless it seemed learned in a Jedi temple.” ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.

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