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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 experience in a number of musical genres, having performed worldwide with internationally recognized symphony and chamber orchestras, ensembles, bands and individual artists. They recently joined together to present a wide range of music from classical to jazz, pop, world music and their own compositions. Since inception, the ASM have performed numerous concerts across PEI and into the Canadian Maritime provinces. ASM has produced its own concert series and also has performed with many PEI and Atlantic artists. Collaborations are a favourite part of ASM's work and have included artists such as James Keelaghan, The Once, Catherine MacLellan, Paper Lions and Duane Andrews. In 2016, having been awarded a grant from the PEI Arts Council, the ASM recorded their debut CD, ‘Lost Time’ with the assistance of John D.S. Adams of Stonehouse Sound. The CD, released in September 2016, includes the eclectic mix of repertoire for which the ASM has become known. 'Lost Time' was nominated for a 2017 East Coast Music Award for best classical album, as well as the title composition being nominated with composer Sean Kemp for best classical composition. The Atlantic String Machine was nominated for and won the 2016 and 2017 Music PEI awards for Achievement in Classical or Jazz, and was also nominated for Group Recording of the Year and New Artist of the Year.