50 Years of the AACM Celebrated in NYC Concerts

Music of Henry Threadgill, Muhal Richard Abrams, more

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A series of concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding in Chicago of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) will take place in New York City on Feb. 26, March 19 and April 28-29. The concerts will take place at Roulette in Brooklyn and the Bohemian National Hall on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Each evening will feature works by such AACM composers as Muhal Richard Abrams, Thurman Barker, Leroy Jenkins, George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill.

Events are co-sponsored by Interpretations, SEM Ensemble, Roulette Intermedia, the Czech Center New York at Bohemian National Hall and Ostrava Center for New Music.

Details, as provided in a press release, follow:

Thursday February 26, 2015 @ Roulette

AACM50: Amina Claudine Myers Trio // Thurman Barker’s Strike Force Plus

New music from two important figures of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Pianist and composer Amina Claudine Myers brings her trio with Jerome Harris (bass guitar) and Reggie Nicholson (drums). Composer and percussionist Thurman Barker presents the premiere of ‘South Side Suite’, and other works. Featuring his Strike Force Plus, with Malik Washington (timpani, percussion) Bryan Carrott (vibes, percussion), Eli Fountain (marimba, percussion), Ray Mantilla (percussion), Lonnie Gasperini (hammond organ) and Thurman Barker (drumset and percussion).

Thursday, March 19, 2015 @ Roulette

AACM50: Thomas Buckner performs works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Henry Threadgill & Wadada Leo Smith

Baritone Thomas Buckner celebrates 50 years of the Association For the Advancement of Creative Musicians with an evening of works written for him by AACM composers. Accompanied by pianists Joseph Kubera and Amina Claudine Myers, violist Stephanie Griffin, cellist Christopher Hoffman, flutist JD Parran, and percussionists Matthew Gold and Alex Lipowski, Buckner performs concert works by Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Amina Claudine Myers, Wadada Leo Smith, and Henry Threadgill.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ The Bohemian National Hall

AACM50: SEM Ensemble performs George E. Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, John Cage, Petr Kotik, & Christian Wolff

Petr Kotik leads the SEM Ensemble and members of the Ostravska Banda (Czech Republic) in works for chamber ensemble by noted composers of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary. Works by AACM members George E. Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell (with Thomas Buckner, baritone), and Henry Threadgill are featured alongside works by John Cage, Petr Kotik, and Christian Wolff.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ The Bohemian National Hall

AACM50: Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble & Ostravska Banda Perform Muhal Richard Abrams, George E. Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, & Wadada Leo Smith // The Trio (Abrams/Mitchell/Lewis)

Petr Kotik leads the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble and members of the Ostravska Banda (Czech Republic) in orchestral works by George E. Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell (with baritone Thomas Buckner), Wadada Leo Smith, and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams. The evening also includes a rare New York appearance by The Trio, the distinguished improvising trio of Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell.

All concerts start at 8PM.

ROULETTE:

509 Atlantic Ave. Downtown Brooklyn

BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL

321 East 73RD Street, New York City, NY 10021

General admission: suggested donation

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