American Contemporary Music Ensemble: Nordic Noir American Contemporary Music Ensemble: Nordic Noir

Thu October 6th, 2016


Main Space

Minimum Age: All Ages

Doors Open: 6:00PM

Show Time: 7:00PM

Event Ticket: $15 / $20

Day of Show: $20 / $25

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Table Seating: $20 advance, $25 day of show
Standing Room: $15 advance, $20 day of show

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs music by Danish composers Frans Bak, Ejnar Kanding and MBD73 (aka Carsten Bo Eriksen). The three composers have chosen music for this concert that captures what they call the Nordic “dark sides” or Nordic Noir — music that captures a coolness, calmness, and a mindfulness.

The concert begins with “Memory Pieces” by Carsten Bo Eriksen (artist name MBD73 which is short for My Beautiful Decay 1973). This piece revolves around the theme of “lost memories and sounds” and will feature the world premiere of a new “memory piece” for string quartet and electronics, written for ACME, with video.

Inspired by his surroundings, Frans Bak is focusing his evocative powers on the wider elements of his home region. This program also features the US premiere of music from Bak’s latest album, “Sound of North,” performed by ACME with Frans at the piano. The album, which includes music from his score for the TV series “The Killing,” was released on June 17 on Mercury Classics/Universal Music and is partly inspired by his background as a jazz composer. The music meshes a string quartet with electronic loops, the ethereal vocals of singer Josefine Cronholm, and Bak’s own piano playing.

Ejnar Kanding’s music unites electronic and acoustic sound in complex textures, physical energy and delicate simplicity. According to Kanding, music should not embellish, but be a realm of fantasy – a sensuous voyage to the unknown areas of inner life. Kanding’s “Sensitive Shades” completes the program.

ACME musicians performing include Ben Russell, violin; Yuki Numata Resnick, violin; Caleb Burhans, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello and artistic director, plus Ejnar Kanding and Carsten Bo Eriksen, electronics and video; and Frans Bak, piano.


MBD73 aka Carsten Bo Eriksen: “Memory Pieces” (2011/2016, world premiere)
Frans Bak: “Sound of North” (2016)
Ejnar Kanding: ”Sensitive Shades” (2015)

EarUnit is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation & Danish Composers’ Society’s Production Pool and Koda’s Cultural Funds

Photo Credit: Mark Shelby Perry

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American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

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.” NPR  calls them “contemporary music dynamos,” and  The New York Times  describes their performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.”  ACME has recorded for New World, New Amsterdam, Deutsche Grammophon, and Butterscotch Records. The ensemble’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 Met Museum, Constellation Chicago, Stanford Live, UCLA, Peak Performances, Melbourne Recital Hall, Big Ears, and All Tomorrow’s Parties in the UK, among many others.

Photo credit: Ryuhei Shindo / Mark Shelby Perry

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