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2019.10.14

The Exceptional Art Ensemble of Chicago’s 50th World Tour arrives in Lithuania

The Exceptional Art Ensemble of Chicago’s 50th World Tour arrives in Lithuania at Vilnius Jazz Festival this Thursday, October 17th

From Melbourne to Chicago, from Sao Paulo to Paris, from London to Rome, from Istanbul to Den Haag (The Hague - Netherlands), from Washington DC to Vilnius and so on: after the releasing of the double CD (PI Recordings) on April 26, as well after the releasing of the double vinyl (Erased Tapes) on July 26, the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC) is continuing its world tour. The next stop will be in Lithuania, Vilnius on Oct 17, 2019 hosted by the 32nd Vilnius Jazz Festival. This will be the only concert the Art Ensemble of Chicago will hold in the Baltic region.

Now led by the surviving members Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye, the Art Ensemble of Chicago is touring around the world for a loving tribute to the band’s three original members who have passed away: Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, and most recently, Joseph Jarman.

This dream began five decades ago: 2019 is, in fact, the commemoration of a half-century of magical music-making from The Art Ensemble of Chicago, a band that has been at the forefront of creative improvised music, the Great Black Music, since forming in 1969.

"The Art Ensemble of Chicago" 50th Anniversary Tour is a culmination and continuation through and beyond six decades of "Great Black Music, Ancient To The Future",- Don Moye affirms. The world tour consists of 20 venues all around the world. The tour will last until the end of 2020.

AEC has also 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. "Ancient to the Future" they are used to say. Surely towards a brighter future thanks, once again, to their music.

More information - www.vilniusjazz.lt

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