Everyone in New York knows the Ace Hotel: the boutique hotel that started boutique hotels. A refuge for musicians and artists, the hotel is also a notorious hang for roving freelance knowledge workers and late-night basement revelers. But even regular guests may not know about the Ace’s Artist in Residence Program, a weekly ritual that invites creators to spend a night in the hotel and ply their craft. Painters, writers, activists, and musicians have all been among them.
This summer, the Ace extended a rare invitation to Artiphon to curate a month of the AIR program. We drafted a simple challenge: choose four musicians and give them each one night to create an original composition with the INSTRUMENT 1. The results were some of the most inspired music we’ve seen yet.