ACME performs MBD73
October 6, 2016
New York City
Le Poisson Rouge

The American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) performs music by Danish composers Frans Bak, Ejnar Kanding and MBD73 (aka Carsten Bo Eriksen). The three composers have chosen music for this concert that captures what they call the Nordic “dark sides” or Nordic Noir — music that captures a coolness, calmness, and a mindfulness.
The concert begins with “Memory Pieces” by Carsten Bo Eriksen (artist name MBD73 which is short for My Beautiful Decay 1973). This piece revolves around the theme of “lost memories and sounds” and will feature the world premiere of a new “memory piece” for string quartet and electronics, written for ACME, with video.
Inspired by his surroundings, Frans Bak is focusing his evocative powers on the wider elements of his home region. This program also features the US premiere of music from Bak’s latest album, “Sound of North,” performed by ACME with Frans at the piano. The album, which includes music from his score for the TV series “The Killing,” was released on June 17 on Mercury Classics/Universal Music and is partly inspired by his background as a jazz composer. The music meshes a string quartet with electronic loops, the ethereal vocals of singer Josefine Cronholm, and Bak’s own piano playing.
Ejnar Kanding’s music unites electronic and acoustic sound in complex textures, physical energy and delicate simplicity. According to Kanding, music should not embellish, but be a realm of fantasy – a sensuous voyage to the unknown areas of inner life. Kanding’s “Sensitive Shades” completes the program.
ACME musicians performing include Ben Russell, violin; Yuki Numata Resnick, violin; Caleb Burhans, viola; Clarice Jensen, cello and artistic director, plus Ejnar Kanding and Carsten Bo Eriksen, electronics and video; and Frans Bak, piano.


MBD73 aka Carsten Bo Eriksen: “Memory Pieces” (2011/2016, world premiere)
Frans Bak: “Sound of North” (2016)
Ejnar Kanding: ”Sensitive Shades” (2015)