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Saturday, October 30, 2021
7:00 PM


Logan Center, Performance Hall


Free, RSVP Required

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UChicago Arts



The American Composers Forum (ACF) is proud to announce the culminating event of its two-year partnership with the Chicago-based, internationally-renowned Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and its Great Black Music Ensemble: a concert celebrating the 55th anniversary of AACM, taking place at AACM's long-time partner, the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

This is the first time AACM has collaborated with another organization to commission artists; the partnership also supported a long period of creative and relationship development among the artists. The Honorable Elizabeth A. Baker, Adegoke Steve Colson and Rudresh Mahanthappa were selected from over 100 submissions by AACM to collaborate with the Great Black Music Ensemble over the past two years, culminating in three new works to be presented in this captivating performance. The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker, a highly sought after new renaissance artist, was recently awarded a 2021-2022 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellowship. Colson is a Grammy-nominated pianist and composer who has performed internationally as a leader of jazz ensembles ranging from trios to orchestras. Mahanthappa, a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is currently the Anthony H. P. Lee '79 Director of Jazz at Princeton University, and named alto saxophonist of the year multiple times by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalists Association.

The Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago's most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An ensemble ranging in size from three to 30 musicians, the Ensemble carries on the legacy of Chicago's South Side creative music by expressing the excitement of new sounds and rhythms while invigorating the traditions of Great Black Music.