Baroque band ACRONYM—an "outstanding young early-music string ensemble" (The New Yorker)—is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century. Playing with “...consummate style, grace, and unity of spirit” (The New York Times), the group formed in 2012 and has released eight critically acclaimed CDs since 2014. Recent projects include the first modern performances and recordings of works by Biber and Rosenmüller, and Samuel Capricornus's epic cantata cycle Jubilus Bernhardi with the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity. Forthcoming albums include the premiere recording of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s forgotten oratorio Le Memorie Dolorose alongside the early music ensemble TENET Vocal Artists.
Recent and upcoming engagements for ACRONYM include Boston Early Music Festival, Music Before 1800 (NYC), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Washington National Cathedral (DC), Hamilton College Performing Arts Series (Clinton, NY), Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Toledo Museum of Art, Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh), Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor), Chamber Music Wilmington (NC), Electric Earth Concerts (Peterborough, NH), Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center’s Close Encounters with Music (Great Barrington, MA) and Five Boroughs Music Festival (NYC). In the 2018-19 season, ACRONYM has academic residencies at Youngstown State University and Vassar College. ACRONYM’s musicians can be heard in Apollo’s Fire, Tafelmusik, Les Arts Florissants, Handel and Haydn Society, Chicago Lyric Opera, International Contemporary Ensemble and the English Concert.
is a performer/scholar based in Baltimore, MD. Praised for his “outstanding” playing by the Washington Post, Loren is a co-founder of LeStrange Viols and Science Ficta and performs with ACRONYM and numerous ensembles specializing in sixteenth and seventeenth century music in the US and abroad. As a musicologist, Loren explores the social dimensions of polyphony—how musical counterpoint fosters social relationships among those who play or sing it and what we can learn about those relationships by studying past musical cultures. Loren received a PhD in musicology from the University of Virginia and his work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Musicological Society.