The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), described as “contemporary music dynamos” by NPR and “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying” by The New York Times, explores music by seminal artists whose work has been fostered by and performed at The Kitchen over the years, as part of The Kitchen’s ongoing series “From Minimalism into Algorithm.” On April 10, Charlemagne Palestine joins ACME to lead a performance of his landmark work Strumming Music. The artist-composer, now based in Brussels, has conceived of a new version of this piece specifically for this performance, created for strings, piano, vibraphone, and guitar.
ACME’s program also includes Meredith Monk’s rarely performed Stringsongs and Julius Eastman’s The Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc for ten cellos. All but a fragment of a score for Eastman work has been lost, but a recording of a live performance was released in 2005 by New World Records. From the recording, cellist and ACME Artistic Director Clarice Jensen has made a transcription of the piece, which will be performed for the first time at The Kitchen, where the piece was premiered in 1981.