AACM 45th Anniversary Festival

    AACM NEWS Release


       Association for the Advancement of
Creative Musicians


For Immediate Release:

October 21, 2010


Media Contact:  Nicole Mitchell    773-609-1713  blackearthmusic@gmail.com     

Images: Lauren Deutsch   laurend@flash.net


45th Anniversary Festival

10-28, 2010


The Association for the Advancement of
Creative Musicians (AACM), a historically unique and globally influential music
institution founded and rooted in Chicago, is proud to celebrate its
Forty-Fifth Anniversary from November 10-21 with a wealth of diverse events
throughout the city.  Anniversary events
feature a wide range of talent that illuminates the AACM’s commitment to
originality and artistic development in creative music.   Performances and educational events feature
over thirty musicians.  The AACM’s
boundary-breaking music celebrates a wide spectrum of jazz and new music, from
soulful to avante guarde, from swinging to experimental. 


10-12, 2-4pm  FREE

Creative Music Institute

University of Illinois, Chicago:  1040 W Harrison Dept of Performing Arts; 312-996-8744

The AACM Creative Music Institute is offering
a series of free AACM masterclasses and workshops for musicians interested in
learning more about creative music.

Nov 10, 2-4pm 
Mwata Bowden/Ernest Dawkins (Creative Improv and Composition)

Nov 11, 2-4pm Douglas Ewart (The Evolution of
music Improv in the Caribbean and

                           Latin America)

Nov 12, 2-4pm 
Renee Baker (Workshop/Rehearsal in Creative Music Ensemble)


12, 8pm

George Lewis and the AACM Great Black Music

featuring Alexander Von Schlippenbach and
Arnold I. Davidson

of Chicago, Mandel Hall
East 57th Street, Chicago; 773-702-8068

Trombonist, composer, improviser and
scholar, George Lewis returns home to Chicago for an encore evening with
members of the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, renowned European free
jazz pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Arnold Davidson,
the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of
Philosophy, University of Chicago. Through live performance and conversation,
Lewis and his collaborators will explore the relationship between humans and
machines, musicians and their instruments, improvisation, social
responsibility, and agency through both live performance and discussion.


13, 12-2pm FREE

School/AACM Creative Music Institute Performances

Museum of Contemporary Art, “Family Day” 220
E Chicago Ave (312) 280-2660


Performances by AACM Youth Percussion Ensemble led by Arveeayl Ra, AACM Creative Youth Ensemble led by
Nicole Mitchell and AACM Creative Music
participants led by Renee Baker. 


18, 7pm FREE

Mitchell Lecture on Creative Composition

University of Chicago, Fulton Hall
(Goodspeed, 5801 S Ellis Ave) 773-702-8069


Roscoe Mitchell, saxophonist and composer,
distinguished Milhaud Professor of Music at Mills College, veteran member of
the AACM, and founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago will offer a rare
presentation into his insights on music composition. 


19, 7:30pm

45th Anniversary Performances

 Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago
(312) 280-2660


Set 1: 
Renee Baker’s Brass Epiphany,
a world-premiere featuring multi-generational Chicago talents including
trumpeters Shaun Johnson, Leon Q Allen, Marquis Hill and David Young,
saxophonists Rajiv Orozco and Fred Jackson, trombonists Zakiya Powell, Ike
Jackson, Steve Berry and more.


Set 2: 
Roscoe Mitchell’s New Experiments
featuring Tomeka Reid cello, Ari Brown tenor sax, Nicole Mitchell flutes,
Harrison Bankhead bass and Mike Reed drumset.


20, 4pm FREE

Stage at Millinnium Park

Park, 350 E Monroe Street (312) 742-1168


Reed’s Loose Assembly featuring Roscoe Mitchell

CD Release: Empathetic Parts (482 Music)

Mike Reed (drums/composition), Roscoe
Mitchell (alto sax, soprano sax, flute), Greg Ward (alto sax), Tomeka Reid
(cello), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Joshua Abrams (bass)


21, 7:30pm

45th Anniversary Performances

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago
(312) 280-2660


1:  Kelan Phil Cohran and the AACM Vocal


2:  Douglas Ewart Inventions

featuring Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Ed House reeds, Mankwe Ndosi and Dee
Alexander vocals,  Khari B spoken
word,  Darius Savage bass and Dushon
Mosley drumset.


November 26-28

AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, Mwata Bowden

Made in Chicago Jazz Festival,  Poznan Poland

Estrada, Scena Na Piętrze, ul. Masztalarska 8, C-1,
(+48) 61 855 26 81


for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)

Internationally renowned for its historical impact on
20th-century music, the AACM has been at the forefront of musical innovation in
composition and creative improvised music, which has come to be known as Great
Black Music. Founded in 1965 by a cadre of creative musicians gathered on
Chicago’s South Side, this artist-led collective of musicians and composers are
dedicated to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music. The
AACM represents three generations of compelling, creative music composers and
musicians who have created an abundance of music that have new sounds and languages,
and use self-made and obscure instruments. Through disciplined research,
practice, and teaching, they document their innovative approach with seminal
recordings and original notation. The organization develops new
generations of talent by offering free music training for city youth through
the AACM School of Music and its educational programs. The AACM School is
resident at Chicago State University and in Kennicott and Taylor Parks.  AACM groups have performed across the US, and
in Russia, Japan, Europe, and Africa. Members are regularly awarded grants and
commissions to compose music for solo instrument, small ensemble, and full


Renee Baker is a violinist/violist/composer and the founder/leader of
the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, FAQ (Faith Action Quorum), Mantra Blue
Free Orchestra, Red Chai, and many other ensembles. As a composer, Ms. Baker
has composed over 200 compositions ranging string quartets to much larger
ensembles.  Baker recently premiered her
first work for orechestra, “Sundown’s Promise for Taiko and Orchestra” with the
Chicago Sinfonietta.   As a proud new
member of the venerable AACM, her musical affiliations have included Nicole
Mitchell’s Black Earth Orchestra, David Boykin Expanse, Orbert Davis w/Strings
Attached, Doug Carn, Karl Siegfried’s Galaxy String Quartet, Great Black Music
Ensemble (AACM), Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and Chicago Jazz Orchestra.  Baker’s work centers on utilizing some of the
finest musicians that cross the classical world as well as jazz greats, she has
crafted a group of the best traditionalists and married them to dedicated


, reed instrumentalist
and composer, is an alumni of DuSable High School, having studied music
with one of the most revered figures in Chicago Black Music, Captain Walter
Dyett.  Dyett inspired and trained
legends such as Nat 'King' Cole, Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons, Von Freeman,
Richard Davis, and Fred Hopkins, among others. 
Shortly after high school, Mwata Bowden picked up the baritone saxophone
and toured with big bands and R&B groups including the Chi-Lites. After
some time on the road, Bowden returned to Chicago and discovered the
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), where he
developed with masters of creative music including Muhal Richard Abrams, George
Lewis, Leroy Jenkins, Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas Ewart and others.  Bowden has a M.M. in Composition from
Governor's State University and currently directs the Jazz X-tet at University
of Chicago.  A former chairman of the
AACM, Mwata Bowden is currently the director of the AACM Great Black Music


Phil Cohran

is a co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Cohran was introduced to the Sun Ra Arkestra by John Gilmore
in 1959.   His tenure in the Arkestra is
documented on records such as Fate In A
Pleasant Mood
and Angels and
Demons at Play
. Early in his career Cohran invented an
instrument he calls the Frankiphone,
aka the Space Harp
heard on some of Sun Ra's
early albums. The instrument is actually an electrified mbira or kalimba. This instrument
inspired Maurice White
to use an electrified Kalimba
in performance with Earth, Wind
and Fire
.  Phil Cohran was an
significant figure of the Chicago Black Arts Movement, of the 60s and 70s,  by educating hundreds of urban youth in
nutrition, astronomy, and improvisational music.


is one of Chicago's
premiere jazz saxophonists and is leader of critically acclaimed New Horizons
Ensemble, the Chicago Twelve and Live the Spirit Jazz Band. Dawkins has
recorded over fifteen CD's and his music is a sound combination of jazz, bebop,
swing, and avant garde. Ernest Dawkins has worked with music greats including
Ramsey Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lester Bowie, Edward Wilkerson, Jr., Henry
Threadgill, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Braxton, Jack McDuff, Don Moye, Jerry
Butler, and The Dells.  A recipient of
numerous awards and grants, Dawkins has composed music for the documentary film
"Malcolm" and was commissioned to write a three-piece suite honoring
Rahsaan Roland Kirk for the King Arts Complex in Columbus, Ohio.  Ernest Dawkins holds a M.M. in Music
Education from Governors State University and is a former chairman of the
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.


Douglas R.
is an improviser,
composer, performer, visual artist, sculptor, mask maker, instrument builder,
teacher, lecturer, arts organization consultant, founder and leader of numerous
musical groups, past chair of the important and influential Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), winner of Bush Fellowships, McKnight
Awards, a US/Japan Creative Arts Fellowship, and Jerome Foundation grants.  Ewart’s ensemble, Inventions, ensemble
utilizes a wide array of conventional and invented forms, invented and
conventional musical instruments, written compositions, oral compositions,
graphic composition and improvisation to realize its concepts, politics, ideology
and commitment to making relevant, substantive and meaningful work.



Trombonist, composer, improviser, and scholar, George Lewis’s work merges
experimental electronic music and interactive computer programs – most notably
his software called ‘Voyager’, which "listens to" and reacts to live
performers. The Chicago native and Yale philosophy graduate is the recipient of
a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and
fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His oral history is
archived in Yale University’s collection of “Major Figures in American Music,”
and his published articles on music, experimental video, visual art, and
cultural studies have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes.
Lewis has been a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative
Musicians (AACM) since 1971 and is a professor at Columbia University.


Roscoe Mitchell is one of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's
AACM movement of the mid-'60s.   He was a
member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental Band and an early member of the
AACM in 1965.   Mitchell's monumental
Sound album (1966) introduced a new way of freely improvising, utilizing
silence as well as high energy and "little instruments" as well as
conventional horns.   Roscoe Mitchell
(who, in addition to his main horns, plays clarinet, flute, piccolo, oboe,
baritone and bass saxophones) has been involved in diverse musical projects
through the years and has recorded as a leader for Delmark, Nessa, Sackville,
Moers Music, 1750 Arch, Black Saint, Cecma and Silkheart in settings ranging
from large ensembles to unaccompanied solo concerts.

Mike Reed (drummer/composer) has been part of the vibrant Chicago
jazz and improvised music community since 1997. Reed has performed regularly
with local luminaries such as Fred Anderson, David Boykin, Nicole Mitchell,
Jeff Parker, Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, and Rob Mazurek, as well as Chicago Jazz
legends Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester and Art Hoyle. As a performer Reed tours
extensively in Europe and South America. While performing in a variety of
projects locally, nationally and internationally, Reed also leads two widely
acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things. Reed was
named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and in the
57th annual Downbeat critics poll was distinguished as "Rising Jazz
Star". (People, Places & Things also named as "Rising Jazz
Group".)   As a fresh addition to
the historical collective known as the AACM, Reed was named Vice Chairmen in
the spring of 2009.  Reed is the Director
of the internationally renown Pitchfork Music Festival, drawing over 50,000
attendees to Chicago over 3 days and featuring today's most cutting edge rock
and pop artists.

Alexander von Schlippenbach, 
is a pianist and one of Europe's premier free jazz bandleaders.  Alexander von Schlippenbach's music
free and contemporary classical elements. 
Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the
piece "Globe Unity,”
which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage.  He remained involved with the orchestra into the
'80s. Schlippenbach began taking lessons at
age  eight, and studied at
the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers
Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold.
He played with Gunther Hampel
in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof's quintet from 1964 to 1967.
Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, among
them 1970 trio with Evan Parker
Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson which they co-formed in 1976.
has also given many solos performances. In the late '80s, he formed the Berlin
Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, which has featured a number
esteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul
  KennyWheeler, Misha
Mengelberg and Aki Takase.
During the 90`s Duo work with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki
started performance and radio recording of Thelonius Monks complete works,
the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group. Awards: "Kunstpreis
der Stadt Berlin "(1976)," Schallplattenpreise der
"Albert Mangelsdorff Preis" (1994,) The German
Record Critics Award : "Monks Casino" 2005/3