There are few musical outfits that can claim the influence, mastery and longevity of Art Ensemble of Chicago. This very special collective emerged from founder Roscoe Mitchell’s musical vision, explorations and adventurous collaborations, 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 group changed music and performance history forever, moving beyond the genres of jazz, experimental music and performance art into a creative realm that was entirely their own. AEOC's performances were made even more distinctive through the use of unique sounds and instruments. Whistles, horns, bells, gongs, homemade and found sound objects feature alongside the saxophones, flutes, trumpet, flugelhorn, double bass and drum set. The group’s legendary live performances blend music, theatre, poetry and dance to create a visual and auditory spectacle that has seen them remain one of the most influential groups of the 20th century. Led by saxophonist, flutist and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Roscoe Mitchell, with drummer and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye as his wingman, the band is marking its 50 years together - and honoring departed members Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors and Joseph Jarman.
19 October Macedonian Opera and Ballet, 22:00 MOB, 22:00