The American Contemporary Music Ensemble’s (ACME) dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. Led by Artistic Director Clarice Jensen, ACME was honored in 2015 by ASCAP for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.” NPR calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.”
ACME’s recordings appear on the Deutsche Grammophon, New World, Butterscotch, and New Amsterdam labels. ACME released its first portrait album on Sono Luminus in 2017, featuring music by members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, and guest artist John Luther Adams. The Strad raved, “warmth and care are fully evident in the ensemble’s immaculate, considered performances—the four composers could hardly wish for more committed, convincing accounts of their music.”
ACME’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, Meredith Monk, Jóhann Jóhannsson, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Blonde Redhead, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann. The group has performed at leading venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, The Kennedy Center, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Constellation Chicago, Stanford Live, UCLA, Peak Performances, Melbourne Recital Centre, Boston Calling, Big Ears, Sydney Opera House, the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Poland, All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK, Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand, and the Summer Nostos Festival in Greece, among many others.