STG Presents Max Richter with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing Infra and music from The Blue Notebooks.
Hailed as the most influential composer of his generation, electro-acoustic polymath MAX RICHTER defies definition: composer he may be, but he is also pianist, producer, remixer, and collaborator, and beyond argument one of the most prolific of contemporary musical artists.
Inspired equally by Bach, punk rock, and ambient electronica, Richter’s sonic world blends a formal classical training – he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and was a pupil of renowned composer Luciano Berio – with modern technology. His unique and distinctive brand of heartbroken melodicism bridges the minimalist greats with pioneering electronics and the contemporary digital music production multiverse. Time Out has remarked on the “overwhelming emotional power” of his work, The New Statesman has noted its “astonishing depth and beauty,” while Classic FM and Pitchfork have called it “stunning” and The Guardian “languorously transcendent.”
Over the years, Richter has become best known for his genre-defining and highly influential solo albums which have given rise to and are seen as “landmarks” (The Independent, Pitchfork) of the ever burgeoning “neo- classical” movement, but his monumental collaborative output also encompasses concert music, operas, ballets, art and video installations, and multiple film, theater and television scores.
THE AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE (ACME), led by Artistic Director Clarice Jensen, is dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. The flexible ensemble presents fresh work by living composers alongside the classics of the contemporary. ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. ACME was honored by ASCAP during its 10th anniversary season in 2015 for the “virtuosity, passion, and commitment with which it performs and champions American composers.”
ACME’s instrumentation is flexible, and includes some of New York’s most sought-after, engaging musicians. Their first released portrait album on Sono Luminus in 2017 featured music by members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, plus John Luther Adams. The Strad raved, “Warmth and care are fully evident in the ensemble’s immaculate, considered performances – the four composers could hardly wish for more committed, convincing accounts of their music.”