American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)
  • Clarice Jensen is one of the founders and artistic director of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), a group dedicated to the outstanding performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. The flexible ensemble presents new work by living composers alongside the classics of the contemporary. NPR calls them "contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times describes ACME’s performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.” Time Out New York reports, “Jensen has earned a sterling reputation for her fresh, inclusive mix of minimalists, maximalists, eclectics and newcomers.” 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.”

  • Notable ACME projects

  • Max Richter - Sleep (Deutsche Grammophon)

    Read about Max Richter's groundbreaking eight-hour work designed for a sleeping audience on wikipedia.com

    Jóhann Jóhannsson - Drone Mass

    Commissioned and premiered by ACME for its 10th anniversary
    "Drone Massseems designed to tug at modern heartstrings. It has the glacial drama of minimalism, the familiar harmonies of church music, the keening drama of pop, the deep digital rumble of modern cinema – all in movements that feel about the length of a rock song" - Rolling Stone

    Thrive On Routine (Sono Luminus)

    ACME's debut portrait album featuring works by Caleb Burhans, Timo Andres, Caroline Shaw, and John Luther Adams