Described by NPR as “contemporary music dynamos” and by The New York Times as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying,” 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.”
The group's many collaborators have included Jóhann Jóhannsson, Blonde Redhead, Max Richter, The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann. ACME has performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall, BAM, (Le) Poisson Rouge, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stanford Live, UCLA, Duke Performances, Washington Performing Arts, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Recital Hall, and festivals including Big Ears, Sacrum Profanum, and All Tomorrow's Parties. ACME has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, New World, New Amsterdam, and Butterscotch Records, and releases its first portrait album, Thrive on Routine, on Sono Luminus in February 2017, featuring music by ACME members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, plus John Luther Adams.
In addition to the LA Philharmonic's Reykjavik Festival, the group’s 2016-2017 season includes a tour with Blonde Redhead; a tour with Grammy and Oscar nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson; two performances of Jóhannsson’s ACME-commissioned Drone Mass; and concerts in New York at National Sawdust, Roulette, and The Kitchen.