The Americans

Program offered for the 2015-16 season and beyond

For booking contact Christina Jensen, christina@jensenartists.com, 646-536-7864

In a program that can be tailored for string quartet or mixed ensemble, ACME performs the music of 2013, 2014, and 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw, John Luther Adams, and Julia Wolfe plus selections by Bryce Dessner of The National and the incomparable Meredith Monk, in a program showcasing five celebrated American composers. John Luther Adams' The Wind in High Places is built on natural harmonics and open strings, creating a beautiful, vaporous sound world. Bryce Dessner's Little Blue Something was written for the Kronos Quartet in 2012, and weaves together diverse influences including obscure Czech viola da gamba performers Irena and Vojtěch Havel. Based on a Thomas Tallis motet, Shaw's in manus tuas is a dramatic and intense work for solo cello. Stringsongs is seldom performed, and a rare instrumental work by the iconic vocalist/composer Meredith Monk. Julia Wolfe's driven, folk-inspired Four Marys for string quartet or her Believing for chamber ensemble complete the program. 
 

Caroline Shaw: in manus tuas for solo cello 

Julia Wolfe: Four Marys for string quartet OR Believing for ensemble 

John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places for string quartet OR In a Treeless Place, Only Snow for ensemble 

Bryce Dessner: Little Blue Something for string quartet 

Meredith Monk: Stringsongs for string quartet

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Portraits by Ryuhei Shindo. Concert photography by Mark Shelby Perry; Drone Mass photos by Wojciech Wandzel.