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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. Since then, ASM has produced its own concert series in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, has collaborated with several Island musicians, including Paper Lions, Nathan Wiley, and Kelley Mooney, and has performed concerts with Atlantic musicians such as The Once and Matthew Byrne in the Indian River Festival and the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls. The 2016-17 ‘Passport Series’ of concerts has featured music of Russia, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, and the group looks forward to another summer of exciting collaborations with new artists.
In 2016, having been awarded a creation and production grant from the Arts Council of Prince Edward Island, the ASM worked with Juno award winning producer John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound to record their debut CD, ‘Lost Time’, which was released in September. The CD includes the eclectic mix of repertoire for which the ASM has become known. The ASM was also awarded a small business grant from Music PEI to aid in the production of a professional promotional video, which was released on the night of the CD release concert on September 18, 2016. ‘Lost Time’ was nominated for a 2017 East Coast Music Award for best classical album, as well as the title composition being nominated with its composer Sean Kemp for best classical composition. The Atlantic String Machine was nominated for and won the 2016 Music PEI award for Achievement in Classical or Jazz, and again in 2017, as well as being included for Group Recording of the Year and New Artist of the Year.
ASM’s 2018 season has so far included sold out performances in Vancouver Island BC as well as showcasing at Pacific Contact. Upcoming 2018 performances include Indian River Festival and Festival of Small Halls, PEI with Dave Gunning, Wendy MacIsaac, Lennie Gallant and Sarah Slean. They will also be performing as part of the Vancouver Island Folk Festival in July 2018. More dates to be announced soon for 2018, 19 and 20.
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 of the Individual Artists that ASM Members have performed / recorded with include: Anne Murray, Barbara Streisand, Elaine Page, Sarah Slean, Chantel Kreviazuk, Steven Page, Ray Price, Ron Sexsmith, Lennie Gallant, The Three Tenors, Shirley Bassey, Moody Blues, Andrea Bocelli.