Winter news, faculty gigs, recording projects, and spring semester

Hello friends,

As the temperature drops, we hope you’re getting cozy with your favorite records or playing that guitar in the corner of your living room. This fall, Acme has been buzzing with energy from a number of excellent recording projects in the recording studio and the sounds of our nearly 90 students in lessons. As the semester winds down, we are preparing for our student concert coming up after winter break. It’s always a joy to see our students perform and hear how much they’ve grown and improved musically over the semester. Spring semester begins Feb 6. If you’d like to learn with us, please get in touch.

Warm wishes for the holidays,
Rebecca & Rich

IN OUR STUDIO

This fall we’ve had a lot of great projects coming through our studio for recording, production and mixing:

Brittany Anjou recorded some lovely vibraphone parts for the new Okkervill River album!

Mainstay NYC musicians Deidre Rodman Struck (The Lascivious Biddies) & Byron Isaacs (The Lumineers) are in the midst of recording an EP of delicate original pop/jazz songs.

Hologram Teen, the new electronica project of Morgane Lhote (formerly of Stereolab), released “Between the Funk & The Fear” on London’s Polytechnic Youth label in October. The album was produced by Acme’s Rich Bennett and is available on vinyl.

London based electronic-pop artist Rodney Cromwell is currently working on new material which will be produced by Acme’s Rich Bennett.

My Demon Sister, a new project of Robert Conroy (Misty Roses), has been at Acme recording a new album.

SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS FEB 6

Current students: Please let us know if you will be returning by January 12.
8 year old Catalina in her drum lesson with instructor Heather Wagner
Fill out our lesson request form or reply to this email if you’d like to learn with us. We offer private lessons in drums, bass, guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and cello. Our 16-week spring semester begins Feb 6. Read more about our faculty.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Sophie Lubinsky
For this spotlight, we spoke with Sophie Lubinsky, whose warm smile and enthusiasm for music are contagious. Sophie began guitar lessons with Rich last year and added voice with Shelly this fall.
Sophie in her guitar lesson with Rich
Name: Sophie Lubinsky

Age:  8 3/4

Q: What instruments do you play and how long have you been studying each one?
A: Voice and guitar. I’ve been playing guitar for 2 years and I’ve been doing voice for 4 months.

Q: What is something new or interesting that you learned this semester?
A: In guitar I learned strumming. In voice I learned vocal exercises.

Q: What is your favorite thing about Acme?
A: You get to choose what songs you want to learn.

Q: If you could play with any musician in the world (at any time in history), who would it be?
A: I think it would be Stevie Wonder!

Q: What are you doing over winter break?
A: I’m going to London for Christmas! And to see my family.

STUDENT CONCERT: JAN 28

Join us for our end-of-semester student concert on Sunday, January at ShapeShifter Lab. Students will be performing songs they’ve been working on this semester on guitar, bass, cello, voice, piano, drums and ukulele.

FACULTY NEWS & GIGS

Shelly Girolami will be singing in a concert of The Messiah this Saturday at Central Presbyterian Church at 7pm

Juliet Strong and her cousin Diana Strong (aka The Patty Dukes) released “Four Quatrains”, an EP of original songs set to poems written by their great uncle Ed Strong.

Marcio Garcia and his quartet will be performing Sunday at Loosie Rouge in Williamsburg.

Rebecca Pronsky released “Witness: Hillary’s Song Cycle”, a concept album about Hillary Clinton, in November. The project was created by an all female team of musicians. Rebecca will be doing a live performance of “Witness” along with other political cabaret tunes on Saturday, January 20 at The Duplex in the West Village. Buy tickets. More info at witnesshillaryproject.com

Joelle Lurie has been super busy gigging around town and is doing 9 shows atTavern on the Green before the end of the year. Here is the performance schedule:

ACME’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Donate to the scholarship program
Acme is partnered with Brooklyn Collaborative School: BCS 448, a 6 – 12 public school in Carroll Gardens/Red Hook, to enrich the musical lives of underserved students.

Acme offers full semesters of tuition-free lessons to BCS students in bass, guitar, drums, voice, or piano. Because natural talent flourishes and develops quickly in a one-on-one context, a semester of private lessons can be an invaluable opportunity.

In 2018, Acme will launch an in-school guest artist program at BCS. Professional musicians from our faculty and community will be sent to BCS to do live performances, demos, and Q&As with the students in music class. BCS students will be exposed to new musical concepts and styles, as well as get the chance to play with guest musicians.

Your contributions are tax-deductible.