Atlantic String Machine
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Atlantic String Machine

Charlottetown, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | SELF | AFM

Charlottetown, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Classical Instrumental


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The Atlantic String Machine was formed in April 2015 and is based on Prince Edward Island. The group is made up of five musicians with considerable professional experience in a number of musical genres, having performed worldwide with internationally recognized symphony and chamber orchestras, ensembles, bands and individual artists. They have recently joined together to present a wide range of music from classical to jazz, pop, world music and their own compositions.

Since their inception, the Atlantic String Machine have performed numerous concerts including sold out houses at the Watermark Theatre in Rustico, Harrington House in Rice Point and the Haviland Club in Charlottetown. The first year’s feature performances included collaborations with well-known Newfoundland jazz guitarist Duane Andrews, Charlottetown’s dynamic vocal ensemble Sirens and clarinetist Dr. Karem Simon, as part of the UPEI Recital Series. The ASM was fortunate enough to win the 2016 Music PEI award for Achievement in Classical or Jazz, awarded during Music PEI week in May 2016.

In addition to appearing as guests on several concert series’, ASM produced its own concert series of 8 performances in 2015-16, at various locations across Prince Edward Island. For 2016-17 they programmed their ‘Passport Series’ with concerts featuring music from Russia, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, as well as arranging collaborations with several Island musicians, including Paper Lions, Nathan Wiley, and Kelley Mooney. They also performed with Atlantic musicians The Once and Matthew Byrne in the Indian River Festival and the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls. In July 2017, the ASM will perform the second in a series of self-promoted multi-disciplinary performances titled ‘The Letter Project- East meets West, combining music, spoken word and art. Summer 2017 will also include performances at the Indian River Festival, the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls, and the Victoria Playhouse.

In September 2016, ASM released their debut album ‘Lost Time’, which was recorded with producer John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound, and with the assistance of a creation and production grant from the Arts Council of Prince Edward Island. The CD includes the eclectic mix of repertoire for which the ASM has become known.

In January 2017, it was announced that the Atlantic String Machine was nominated for 3 Music PEI awards; Achievement in Classical or Jazz, Group Recording of the Year and New Artist of the Year. This was quickly followed by the announcement that the ASM was nominated for an East Coast Music Award for Classical Recording of the Year for the album ‘Lost Time’. ASM’s violinist/composer Sean Kemp was also nominated by ECMA for classical composition of the year for his piece ‘Lost Time’, the title track of the album.

Members of the ASM have performed / recorded with:

English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, English National Ballet Orchestra, English Touring Opera Co. Orchestra, Saskia Piano Trio, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London (Canada), Symphony Nova Scotia, Spirit of the Dance, Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, Phantom of the Opera: London (UK) and Toronto Productions

London (UK) Productions: Carmen Jones, My Fair Lady, Carousel,

Toronto Productions: Crazy for You, The Lion King and Sound of Music

Some other artists ASM members have performed / recorded with include:

Anne Murray, Barbara Streisand, Sarah Slean, Chantal Kreviazuk, Steven Page, Ray Price,

Ron Sexsmith, The Three Tenors, Shirley Bassey, Moody Blues, Andrea Bocelli, Lenny Gallant

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