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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 »

Video from Thirsty Ear Festival now Posted

On August 11 Palomar performed at the first annual Thirsty Ear Festival at the Empty Bottle, a grungy but beloved rock club in Chicago.  The show was broadcast live on Relevant Tones, ACM Executive Director Seth Boustead’s weekly radio program exploring music by living composers Watch the video below of Boustead’s piece Three for Zhou… Read more »

Audio from the Thirsty Ear Festival Posted

Palomar was honored to perform on the first ever Thirsty Ear Festival at the Empty Bottle!  Broadcast live on WFMT, this festival featured performances by four dynamic Chicago groups. Palomar performed Yellow by Lansing McCloskey and Three for Zhou B. by ACM Executive Director Seth Boustead. Three for Zhou B. was inspired by painting by… Read more »

Great Review of the Thirsty Ear Festival

By Timothy Schuler The sun was still high and traffic on Western Avenue still thick, yet the Empty Bottle was filling up, octogenarians clumping around the few tall tables, millennials ordering pints of Green Line from the cash-only bar. By 4:50pm, when 98.7s WFMT’s Relevant Tones program went live from the stage, the venue was… Read more »