Roscoe Mitchell – saxes, fl
A Tribute to Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors Maghostut and their lasting contributions to "Great Black Music - Ancient to the Future"
Iconic, innovative and internationally renowned force in avant-garde music, The Art Ensemble of Chicago celebrates their 50th anniversary with a special ensemble: The Art Ensemble of Chicago - 50th Anniversary.
The Art Ensemble of Chicago has been at the forefront of creative improvised music since 1969, and has long served as the flagship ensemble of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the august Chicago-based organization that also fostered the careers of members such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, and Wadada Leo Smith, among many others. The greatness of the Art Ensemble has always been the shared commitment of its original members – Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye – to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have long-termed “Great Black Music—Ancient to the Future.” Also important are the group’s disparate musical and artistic personalities, comprised of jazz, advanced compositional techniques, theatrical performance, poetry, Pan-African percussion, all tied together with improvisational flair and the exploration of pure sound.
A 50th Anniversary Celebration is not only a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making, but also a loving tribute to the band’s three original members who have passed: Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, and most recently, Joseph Jarman.
Having released more than 70 live performances, studio recordings, videos and DVDs on a variety of labels including legendary ECM Records, Art Ensemble of Chicago will take the stage for an unforgettable evening. Both founded in 1969, ECM and Art Ensemble of Chicago are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Join us for this double celebration of two musical life-spans full of inspiring stories!