The Walker Art Center celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Chicago-based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) with Creative Black Music: Ancient to the Future, a three-day festival on Thursday-Saturday, November 16-18. For more than three decades, AACM has flourished as an independent artist collective for black music that has had an enormous influence around the world. The AACM spawned some of the most important musical visionaries of our times--the Art Ensemble of Chicago, George Lewis, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, and many others. Over the years, several key AACM members and collaborators, including past AACM president Douglas Ewart and collaborator Carei Thomas, moved to the Twin Cities and helped anchor and enliven its experimental music scene.
Creative Black Music: Ancient to the Future features national and resident ensembles in performance and other activities that shed light on the essential role the AACM has played in the life of creative American music-making. The series is co-curated by Walker Performing Arts Curator Philip Bither and Ewart. For more information on AACM, try the Centerstage Chicago or AACM Web sites.
THE AACM AT 35 IS SUPPORTED IN PART WITH FUNDS FROM THE DORIS DUKE FUND FOR JAZZ AND DANCE.