Biography - Amsteram Collage Ensemble
formed in 2010 combining the contrasting sound-worlds of percussion, recorders and clarinet. Comprising musicians and compositional influences from three continents, this collective aims to inspire new works and present them to a new young audience, expanding the repertoire for these lesser-known instrumental settings and forging new ground.
Since a successful debut in the Gaudeamus Music Week 2011, ACE has gone on to perform at such prestigious events as the Holland Festival, and the 3rd International Blokfluit Festival. Works composed for the ensemble have been nominated for the Gaudeamus Prize, the Iniro Prize Japan, and the Toonzetters Prize, the latter of which was won by ACE composer Andys Skordis. The ensemble looks forward to performing at venues such as the Muziekgebouw aan 't Ij, Amsterdam and De Link, Tilburg, in the 2012/13 season.
The ensemble has recently commissioned six new pieces from young composers around Europe; the program NEWBORN was premiered in Amsterdam in June 2012. This collaboration was generously supported by the Nieuw Ensemble, who donated rehearsal space and use of percussion instruments.
ACE, together with sister-ensemble Looptail, is part of the foundation Stichting Earvision, which was recently founded amongst young musicians in Amsterdam. The mission of the foundation is to provide an environment exclusively for 'undiscovered' composers to establish an intensive relationship with the performers, in order to develop their own artistic voice.