Artist / Program Description
Internationally renowned for unparalleled contributions to modern music, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM) has been an inspirational leader within the cultural community since 1965. As a premier performing group of the AACM, Great Black Music Ensemble features some of Chicago's most visionary artists of improvisation and creative music. An intergenerational ensemble ranging in size from three to thirty pieces, Great Black Music Ensemble performs historical repertoire from the great pool of AACM composers, including George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Douglas Ewart, Ernest Dawkins, and Nicole Mitchell. The GBM Ensemble carries on the legacy of Chicago's South Side creative music that made its place on the music history map by expressing the excitement of new sounds and rhythms, while invigorating the traditions of black music including funk, reggae, bebop, swing, and African and Caribbean styles. Led by composer/clarinetist Mwata Bowden, the GBM Ensemble can augment concert performances with lectures and/or workshops on creative music, AACM history, improvisation, the Chicago jazz tradition, and more.