“Devoting a program to Minimalist and microtonal compositions could easily amount to an egghead agenda; leave it to the American Modern Ensemble to make it a party instead." - The New York Times
American Modern Ensemble (AME) spotlights American music via lively thematic programming, and highlights house composer and founder, Robert Paterson. AME performs a wide repertoire, using a varied combination of instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors. AME has performed over 250 works by living composers, and has received critical success in The New York Times, Time Out, the New Yorker, among others. Sold out crowds at BAM, Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, the Rubin Museum, Dixon Place, and National Sawdust are a winning testament to AME’s track record as to what is 'right' about classical music today.
AME includes on-stage chats with composers and the creative team, allowing audience members to learn even more about the conception of works. AME provides a welcoming environment for audiences to get to know the creators and performers. Over 95% of the composers we program participate and attend our concerts, including luminaries such as John Luther Adams, John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Aaron Jay Kernis, Libby Larsen, Steven Mackey, Paul Moravec, Christopher Rouse, Steven Stucky, Joan Tower, Chen Yi, and countless others. AME also enthusiastically performs works by America's most talented, emerging and mid-career composers.
AME produces stellar recordings via its house label, American Modern Recordings (AMR), which has received fantastic reviews in Gramophone, the LA Music Examiner, The New York Times, Sequenza21, and New Music Box, and all our albums have made it to the Grammy® Ballot for the past four seasons.
AME’s summer home is with the Mostly Modern Festival, located in Saratoga Springs, New York. This brand new festival celebrates the music of our time. It is educational, with outreach initiatives that are robust. Other residencies include Princeton University, James Madison University, Keene State College, the CUNY Graduate Center, Adelphi, Rutgers, and many more. AME is deeply invested in collaboration. Some examples are Cutting Edge New Music Festival, Prototype Opera Festival, American Opera Projects, On Site Opera, the Dance Theater of Harlem, and the Mazzini Dance Collective. AME has an ongoing In-Situ partnership with the fantastic venue, National Sawdust, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.