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Videos from Sound of Silent Film Festival in NYC now posted

ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival has been a sold out show in Chicago for 8 years. In June of 2013 we took it to New York’s Anthology Film Archives for two memorable nights of shows.  Click on a video below to watch! 06 copyshop from ACM on Vimeo. 08 bigshave from ACM on… Read more »

Video Now Posted from our Light Games Concert

An evening that featured our violin virtuoso Jeff Yang in several transcendent but highly demanding new works including Wolfgang Rihm’s gorgeous Lichtes Spiel, or Light Games.  Other works performed ranged from soul-searching and starkly beautiful, to the upbeat bluegrass-infused joyous melodies of Evan Chambers. This concert also featured the World Premiere performance of Interstices by… Read more »

Registration now open for this Summer’s High School Composers Workshop

Now in its tenth year, ACM’s High School composers summer workshop is an excellent opportunity for young musicians to work with professional composers and write a new piece of music to be performed and recorded by professional musicians. Whether the student is already composing, considering a career in music, or is interested in learning to… Read more »

Videos from our Light Games Concert Now Posted

Videos from ACM’s concert featuring Palomar on 2/12/13 at Architectural Artifacts. We gave the Chicago premiere of Lichtes Spiel by Wolfgang Rihm and the World Premiere of Interstices by Grainne Mulvey among several other wonderful new pieces by composers from around the world.   Lichtes Spiel by Wolfgang Rihm       Interstices by Grainne… Read more »

ACM and Homeroom Present: Visual Music 101

Homeroom presents: Visual Music 101 With Guest Speaker David Metcalfe Sunday, February 17th 4pm The Annex at Spudnik Press 1821 W. Hubbard, Suite 302 Free On Sunday, February 17th at 3pm at The Annex at Spudnik Press, Homeroom Chicago, Spudnik Press, and Access Contemporary Music present a public seminar exploring the relationship between color and… Read more »

Review of ACM’s 2/12 Light Games Concert Now Posted

Jeff Yang, ACM bring light to Chicago debut of Rihm concerto – by Lawrence Johnson of the Chicago Classical Review Written for and first performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter four years ago, Wolfgang Rihm’s Lichtes Spiel was heard in its Chicago debut Tuesday night. This premiere of this important violin concerto didn’t take place at Orchestra Hall… Read more »

Palomar Performs at the Chicago Cultural Center February 3rd

ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar returns to the gorgeous Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center for a concert of exciting works by a dynamic range of modern day composers.  A highlight of the concert is Datura by Beijing composer Xiaogang Ye, written for ACM in 2006.  “Datura is so much fun to play and… Read more »

Open House Chicago Performance Videos Now Posted

On October 13 and 14 of 2012 the Chicago Architecture Foundation held its second annual Open House Chicago, a celebration of the city’s stellar architectural legacy that provided unprecedented public access to 150 venues around town. ACM partnered with CAF to have live music, composed by our members, at 4 of the venues including the… Read more »

Open House Chicago Video for Bridgeview Bank Posted

ACM teamed up with the Chicago Architecture Foundation to put new music in several buildings in their Open House Chicago program.  Our composer members wrote new pieces inspired by the buildings and we had musicians there performing the music throughout the day.  Over 1,000 people came out to the venues and heard the music! Here… Read more »

Audio from our Acoustic Resonances Concert Now Posted

ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar took to the stage for the second concert of our residency at the gorgeous Atrium space in Architectural Artifacts for Acoustic Resonances, a concert featuring music by composers inspired by the use of electronics. We also performed Density 21.5 by Edgard Varese, the “Father of Electronic Music.” This concert also featured… Read more »

New Video Posted: Yellow by Lansing McCloskey

ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar was featured at the first annual Thirsty Ear Festival broadcast live on WFMT.  Here they are performing the first movement of Lansing McCloskey’s Yellow. Performed by: Alyson Berger – cello Renee Keller – percussion Alicia Poot – flute Dan Won – clarinet Jeff Yang – violin

Architectonics Review by Lawrence Johnson

Access Contemporary Music opened its season Tuesday night with a challenging, finely balanced performance by the Palomar Ensemble. The news for ACM this year is its spectacular new space, a soaring three-story atrium in the vast Architectural Artifacts emporium on Montrose, where all this season’s concerts will be held. Seating tends to be in a… Read more »