Ben Russell – Violin
Laura Lutzke – Violin
Caleb Burhans – Viola
Clarice Jensen – Cello + ACME Artistic Director
Timo Andres – Thrive on Routine
Meredith Monk – Stringsongs
Caroline Shaw – in manus tuas (for solo cello)
Caleb Burhans – Jahrzeit
For Roulette’s second season presenting shows curated by Meredith Monk, American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform works by Timo Andres, Meredith Monk, and Caroline Shaw. This concert celebrates the release of ACME’s new album, Thrive on Routine, available on Sono Luminus in February 2017.
Described by NPR as “contemporary music dynamos” and by The New York Times as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying,” ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. ACME’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, 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 Carnegie Hall, BAM, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Constellation Chicago, Stanford Live, UCLA, Peak Performances, Melbourne Recital Hall, among many others. ACME has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, New World, New Amsterdam, and Butterscotch Records, and will release its first portrait album on Sono Luminus in spring 2017, featuring music by members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, plus John Luther Adams. The group’s 2016-2017 season includes a tour with Blonde Redhead; a tour with Grammy- and Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson; two performances of Jóhannsson’s ACME-commissioned Drone Mass; a concert of composer Lisa Bielawa’s works at National Sawdust; and a performance with Jóhannsson during the LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
About the Series: Curated by Meredith Monk features performers selected by Monk who are following his or her own path, asking questions, finding places that fall between the cracks of genres or categories.