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ACM Partners with WFMT to Showcase Chicago Grad and Doctoral Composition Students

ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar will partner with WFMT’s contemporary music show Relevant Tones to feature music by talented emerging composers in the composition departments at the Chicago College of Performing Art, Columbia College, DePaul University and Northwestern University. Relevant Tones believes that now is the most fascinating time in classical music history which makes them… Read more »

Interview: Janice Misurell-Mitchell (Composer)

Composer member Janice Misurell-Mitchell recently released Vanishing Points (Southport Records), a new CD of works spanning her entire career.  A long-established member of the new music community here in Chicago, Janice recruited an impressive roster of musicians that she has befriended over the years to perform the music on this disc.  (Even our executive director Seth… Read more »

Janice Misurell-Mitchell’s “Vanishing Points”: CD Release Party

We’re happy to announce that our composer member Janice Misurell-Mitchell will be releasing her new CD “Vanishing Points” this Sunday, November 24th on Southport Records! The release of the album will culminate in a concert at the Green Mill in Chicago showcasing a a variety of the composer’s works.  The concert will also feature some… Read more »

Videos from 2013 Open House Chicago now Posted

Organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Open House Chicago (OHC) is an annual weekend festival of FREE behind-the-scenes access to many of Chicago’s greatest places and spaces.  This year ACM partnered with the foundation to have composers write music inspired by 4 of the spaces and musicians to play the music every 15 minutes or… Read more »

Watch the Trailer Video for Our Upcoming Ten x Ten Record Release Party! Ten x Ten is a collaboration between visual artists and musicians exploring visual and auditory interaction. By challenging artists to conceptualize their work across media, Ten x Ten asks participants stretch and explore their creative process. Through producing a limited edition compilation and public presentation of the resulting artworks, Ten x Ten documents, celebrates,… Read more »

Visiting Composer Member Emili Rackemann Talks About the Contemporary Music Scene in Australia

ACM composer member and pianist Emili Rackemann recently talked to Andrew Tham about the contemporary music situation in Australia.  She’ll be performing at our school at 1758 W. Wilson on Sunday, November 3rd at 3:00 PM.   “As a composer and pianist here in Australia, contemporary classical music has, to some extent, remained secure, controlled… Read more »

New Composer Reading Posted for Nailah Nombeko

Musical Philosophy: My compositional aesthetic is mainly influenced by classical and contemporary jazz. I’m constantly looking for new influences from around the world. One important aspect of my development as a composer is the exploration of key relationships through polytonality and weaving through different keys. I play with maintaining a tonal center (at times) without… Read more »

Interview: Katherine Young (composer) and Austin Wulliman (violin)

Austin Wulliman (photo by Chelsea Ross) and Katherine Young (photo by Jim Newberry) ACM’s Andrew Tham recently sat down with composer member Katherine Young and violinist Austin Wulliman to talk about their latest collaboration, Dilligence is to Magic as Progress is to Flight.  Using electronic sound installations and an hour’s worth of new music for… Read more »

Final Mixes for the Ten x Ten Album Now Posted

Ten x Ten is a collaboration with Homeroom in which ten composer members of ACM were paired with ten visual artists, curated by Spudnik Press in Chicago, to create collaborative works of art.  We’ll have the artworks soon to post but in the meantime here are the ten pieces in their final recorded form.  These… Read more »

Audio from the 2013 High School Composer’s Workshop Now Posted

ACM’s 9th annual High School Composer’s workshop gave five talented young composers the chance to work with a professional composer and musicians to create a new piece of music and hear it rehearsed and then performed and recorded publicly. We had a great group this year and the only thing each of the pieces had… Read more »

Attend, Enjoy & Get Involved: ACM Concert Season

Classical music has come a long way from the days of wigs and quill pens. Today’s composers use software to notate their ideas and are inspired by rock, jazz, folk music from around the world and much more: a stunning array of influences that create a rich and fascinating sonic palette. Access Contemporary Music is… Read more »