American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

Gavin Bryars: Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet
Ingram Marshall: Entrada

ACME Musician Names:
Caroline Shaw and Ben Russell, violins; Nadia Sirota, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello


Led by artistic director and cellist Clarice Jensen, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) is dedicated to the outstanding performance of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. ACME’s dedication to cutting-edge contemporary music extends across genres, and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock/indie crowds. Time Out New York calls them “one of New York’s brightest new music indie-bands.”  ACME can be found performing regularly at New York venues including (Le) Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim, and many more.

ACME does not subscribe to one stylistic movement or genre; its concerts present all genres of contemporary music in the same light and with the same conviction. ACME has collaborated with bands and artists including Grizzly Bear (in concert and on their best-selling album, Veckatimest); electronica duo Matmos (on The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast); Craig Wedren (former frontman of the avant-rock band Shudder To Think); A Winged Victory for the Sullen (on their 2011 North American tour); prepared-pianist Hauschka; composers/performers Jóhann Jóhannsson, Max Richter, and Dustin O'Halloran, and Micachu & The Shapes. Since its founding in 2004, ACME has performed music by contemporary classical composers John Adams, Louis Andriessen, John Cage, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Jacob Druckman, Jefferson Friedman, Philip Glass, Charles Ives, Olivier Messiaen, Nico Muhly, Michael Nyman, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Arnold Schoenberg, Kevin Volans, Charles Wuorinen, Iannis Xenakis, and more.

ACME began its current season in September 2011 opening two sold-out concerts for Jeff Mangum with performances of Gavin Bryars’ Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet and music by Erik Satie, presented by Wordless Music in Boston. Upcoming appearances include concerts at Stanford Lively Arts in California, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Vermont, and The Kitchen in New York. For more, visit

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