Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter, Inc. AACM CONCERT SERIES 2016!!!!
AACM New York City Chapter, Inc.
51 Years of Artistic Dedication
AACM CONCERT SERIES 2016
October 7, 2016, 8PM
AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS SOLO PIANO AND VOICE
Amina Claudine Myers - piano and voice
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ROMAN FILIU QUINTET
Roman Filiu - alto sax
Adam O'Farrill - trumpet
Sam Harris - piano
Rashaan Carter - bass
Gerald Cleaver - drums
October 14, 2016, 8PM
WADADA LEO SMITHS TRIO
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
Dwight Andrews - reeds and flutes
Bobby Naughton - vibraphone
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THURMAN BARKERS HERITAGE ENSEMBLE
Paavo Carey - tenor and clarinet
Dean Torrey - bass
Noah Barker - piano
Bill Lowe - trombone
Cecil Bridgewater - trumpet
Thurman Barker - drums and percussion
October 21, 2016, 8PM
REGGIE NICHOLSON DUO
Bryan Carrott - vibraphone
Reggie Nicholson - drums, percussion and concept
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STEVE & IQUA COLSON - THE CONTINUUM
Adegoke Steve Colson - piano
Iqua Colson - voice
Nabaté Isles - trumpet
Santi Debriano - bass
Chris Beck - drums
October 28, 2016, 8PM
MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS TRIO
Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams - piano
Tom Chiu - violin
Meaghan Burke - cello
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Hamiet Bluiett - baritone saxophone
D.D. Jackson - piano
James Brandon Lewis - tenor saxophone
Reggie Nicholson - drums
Luke Stewart - bass
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THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE BY NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS WITH THE SUPPORT OF GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO AND THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE AND GRANTS FROM THE PHAEDRUS FOUNDATION.
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Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams
World renowned pianist and composer Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams has been in the forefront of the contemporary music scene for well over forty years. Muhal is a co-founder of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), founder of The AACM School of Music and President of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter. Muhal was the first recipient of the grand international jazz award, "The JazzPar Prize", which was awarded to him in 1990 by the Danish Jazz Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1999 Muhal was presented a proclamation by Richard M. Daley, Mayor of the City of Chicago, declaring April 11, 1999 as Muhal Richard Abrams Day in Chicago. In 2009 Muhal was selected to be a USA Prudential Fellow by United States Artist. In 2010 Mr. Abrams was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts to be a NEA Jazz Master, and Mr. Abrams was also inducted into the Downbeat Magazine "Jazz Hall of Fame". In 2012, Muhal received the degree of Doctor of Music, honoris causa, from Columbia University. Also in 2012, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation presented Dr. Abrams with The BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. Dr. Abrams was the recipient of the 2014 Walter Dyett Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jazz Institute of Chicago, an organization in which Dr. Abrams was one of the co-founders. In 2015 Dr. Abrams received a PhD. in Humane Letters, honoris causa from DePaul University and also in 2015 Dr. Abrams received the Doris Duke Artist Award. Except for a brief period of study at Chicago Musical College and Governors State University in Chicago, Illinois where he studied electronic music, Dr. Abrams is predominately a self-taught musician who as a result of many years of observation, analysis and practice as a performing musician, has developed a highly respected command of a variety of musical styles both as a pianist and composer. The versatile Dr. Abrams and members of The AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) are responsible for some of the most original new music approaches of the last four decades.
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Thurman Barker began his professional career at the young age of 16 playing for blues singer Might Joe Young. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music and has played with The Chicago Chamber Players, New York City Opera and in 2016, with the Delaware Valley Opera. Barkers reputation as a drummer grew quickly. He played backup for Billy Eckstein, Marvin Gaye, Bette Midler and Vicki Carr. He was the house drummer at the Schubert Theatre in Chicago for 10 years where he played for national touring companies in Hair; The Wiz; The Me Nobody Knows; Promises, Promises; 1776; Bubblin Brown Sugar; Raisin in the Sun; Grease; One Mo' Time; and Aint Misbehavin. Mr. Barker is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an organization with which he continues his association to this day. He has performed and is known worldwide. He has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Muhal Richard Abrams, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Joseph Jarman, and Henry Threadgill. Most recently he performed with George Lewis at Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville, Canada. He has produced five recordings under his own record label, Uptee Productions.. The Way I Hear It was released in January of '99. His first album Voyage, was reissued in CD form in November '99. Time Factor was released in December 2001 and his fourth CD Strike Force was released in February, 2004. And finally Barker released Rediscovered in 2008. In 1994, his work "Dialogue," commissioned by the Mutable Music, was premiered at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. He has since completed a second commission by the Mutable Music as well as two commissions by the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra in Sullivan County, New York. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra premiered a chamber piece of his entitled "Expansions" in May of '99. In the fall of '99 Thurman Barker was given the honor of being a lecturer at Smolny University in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mr. Barker was an Artist-in-Residence at Washington University in April of 2016. He has taught and developed the jazz program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York since 1993 and was promoted the Full Professor of Jazz Studies in the June, 2016.
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The most prominent baritone saxophonist of his generation, Hamiet Bluiett combines a blunt, modestly inflected attack with a fleet, aggressive technique, and (maybe most importantly) a uniform hugeness of sound that extends from his horns lowest reaches to far beyond what is usually its highest register. Probably no other baritonist has played so high, with so much control, using a range that travels upward into an area usually reserved for the soprano. Enamored with the blues, brusque and swinging, Bluietts playing makes a virtue out of ballads as he assumes a considerably lush, romantic guise. Bluietts music is a highly energized, plain-spoken, extension of the mainstream tradition with a solo voice that is unlikely to be confused with any other. Bluiett moved to St. Louis in the 60s, where he met and played with many of the musicians who would become the collective known as the Black Artists Group Lester Bowie, Charles Bobo Shaw, Julius Hemphill, and Oliver Lake, among others. Bluiett moved to New York in 1969 and worked freelance with a variety of musicians. In 1972, Bluietts avant-garde garrulousness and his competency as a straight ahead player gained him a place in the Charles Mingus band. Bluiett stayed with Mingus until 1975. In 1976, Bluiett recorded the material that would comprise his first two albums as a leader, Endangered Species and Birthright.In 1976, a one shot concert in New Orleans birthed the World Saxophone Quartet, which in the 80s became arguably the most popular free jazz band ever. The WSQs early free-blowing style eventually transformed into a sophisticated and largely composed melange of sound. Bluiett continues to record and tour with the WSQ. Accompanying Hamiet Bluiett on this current epic journey is pianist D. D. Jackson, (a Rachmaninov Virtuoso) by way of Canada, New York based James Brandon Lewis on Tenor Saxophone, Chicago native Reggie Nicholson; AACM, and DC based Luke Stewart on Bass. Hamiet Bluiett lives in New York City and endorses the P. Mauriac PMB-300 DK baritone saxophone.
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Steve Colson and Iqua Colson
Adegoke Steve & Iqua Colson - The Continuum presents the Colsons music spanning the past 40+ years since meeting at Northwestern University School of Music in the 70s. They started performing together professionally in Chicago and became members of The Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 70s, a musicians collective that has influenced music internationally in the 20th and 21st Century. Their compositions with Iqua on vocals and Steve on piano and sax embrace a tradition of music with a modern touch and unique personal interpretation. Their work internationally and on the contemporary American scene has featured some of the great modern innovators in music as well as exceptional artists in other mediums. Their recordings together include a pair with their early band The Unity Troupe, and later releases Hope for Love, which was nominated for a Grammy, and The Untarnished Dream, which was voted into the top 10 % of the Jazz Critics Poll. Steves recent solo release, Tones For (Silver Sphinx), is a Jazz Times Editors Pick (March 2016). Their work has been discussed in countless blogs, newspapers, periodicals, and in several books. In November 2011 their early band The Unity Troupe was included in the prestigious Freedom, Rhythm and Sound Book / CD-LP compilation from Soul Jazz Records, London, UK with music icons such as Maurice White, John Coltrane, SunRa, and Mary Lou Williams. This collection/retrospective documented the influential and independent musicians who took control of their music in the late 60s and early 70s early roots of the indie movement. Steve appeared as Sal Finestras piano player on the HBO series, Vinyl, produced by Mick Jagger and directed by Martin Scorsese. He is currently working on a piece commissioned by New Jersey Performing Arts Center to compose in dedication to the 350th Anniversary of The City of Newark. Here Is The Place, Our City for 30 voice male chorus, oboe, harp and 2 pianos with a Jazz quintet premiers at NJPAC April 7, 2017. Tonight Ade and Iqua's Continuum features three dynamic artists - Nabate Isles, Santi Debriano, and Chris Beck.
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After graduating from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana and working as a saxophone professor at the National School of Music in the same city, Filiu joined to the well-known band Irakere, leaded by Chucho Valdes, from 1997 to 2005. In the 8 years he spent with them, Filiu not only became an experienced and respected musician but also he travelled around the world. In the U.S Irakere performed at the Carnegie Hall and The Chicago Symphony Hall, among other important venues. Also, he participated in the recording of the album Babalú Ayé (1999), which was nominated as Best Latin Jazz Album Grammy Award. He continued playing and recording as a guest with the Chucho Valdes Quartet. Filiu played alto saxophone in the piece You dont know what love is for Chucho Valdés album New Conceptions,which won a Grammy Award later in 2004. Filiu has played with other important musicians such as Omara Portuondo, Pablo Milanés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dafnis Prieto, the Buena Vista Social Club, Henry Threadgill, and David Virelles, among others. In 2010 he recorded his album Musae( Dafnison Music) (Best Jazz Album in the Cubadisco International Fair 2013 in Havana, Cuba) in New York, along with outstanding musicians David Virelles, Reinier Elizarde, Marcus Gilmore, Dafnis Prieto and Adam Rogers. Roman Filiu has been praised by the critics both for his soloing abilities as well as his compositions. Nowadays, he is an active performer and composer around the New York City area. His growing interest for the interdisciplinary arts has brought him to reconsider the connections between graphic design, poetry and music, all within the scope of spontaneous composition.
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Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers, pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, improviser, actress and educator. Ms. Myers has performed nationally and internationally throughout Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and Australia. She is well known for her work including choirs, voices and instrumental ensembles. Ms. Myers career in music began in her preteens and throughout high school directing choirs, singing and playing gospel and rhythm and blues. Although she was classically trained in piano she began playing and singing jazz while attending Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas where she received a Bachelors Degree in music education. After moving to Chicago, Ill. in 1963 Ms. Myers taught music in the public school system for six years. She attended Roosevelt University briefly and became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). In 1976 Myers relocated to NYC. She acted and composed music for several Off Broadway productions. She was the Assistant Musical Director for Aint Mishavin prior to the Broadway production. Ms. Myers was also choral director at SUNY University at Old Westbury for one year. There are eleven recordings released under Ms. Myers name including her latest being SAMA ROU (Songs From My Soul) for piano and voice on Amina C. Records. Her larger works include INTERIORS for chamber orchestra with string quartet; THE IMPROVISATIONAL SUITE FOR CHORUS, PIPE ORGAN AND PERCUSSION; WHEN THE BERRIES FELL; A VIEW FROM THE INSIDE and FOCUS. Ms. Myers has collaborated with composer/ vocalist Sola Liu where they combine the Chinese and Afro-American traditions through voice, piano and dance. Ms. Myers currently performs traditional, gospel and improvisational music on the pipe organ. In 2010 she was commissioned by the Chicago Jazz Institute to compose and direct a composition for The Chicago Jazz Orchestra in honor of the late Mary Lou Williams 100th Birthday (SWEET MARY LOU). Another commission was for Baritonist Thomas Buckner (I WILL NOT FEAR THE UNKNOWN). In the 90s Myers directed the Symphony Orchestra and chorus at George Mason University, Hampton, VA. and The Western Universitys, Kalamazoo, MI., Symphony Orchestra and chorus in HOW LONG BRETHREN, a recreated choreographed piece by choreographer Diane McIntyre. These were Negro Protest Songs originally created by choreographer Helen Tamaris. Myers was inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall Of Fame in 2001 and the Arkansas Jazz Hall Of Fame in 2010. She has been awarded four grants: The New York Foundation for The Arts, Meet The Composer and two National Endowment For The Arts, (NEA). Ms. Myers resides in New York City where she teaches and performs as a soloist and with her various ensembles.
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Reggie Nicholson (Drums, Percussion, Composer) was born in Chicago. While performing with many musicians, Nicholson's reputation as an outstanding drummer was established. In 1979, Nicholson became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). During this time, Nicholson absorbed the musical influences of the AACM through the art of improvisation and the original music compositions of its members. In 1984, Nicholson performed for the first time his compositions for trio, which included AACM members, Light Henry Huff and Yosef Ben Israel. This was the first "Concept" that established Nicholson's own ideology and methodology in his works. In 1987, Nicholson moved to New York City. While in NYC, Nicholson has recorded with AACM members Henry Threadgill (You Know The Number, Easily Slipping Into Another World, Rag, Bush and All), Muhal Richard Abrams (Song For All, Think All Focus One, Family Talk, One Line, Two Views), Amina Claudine Myers (Jumping In The Sugar Bowl, Country Girl, Amina, Women E Motion), and Leroy Jenkins (Live!). In 1988, Nicholson premiered new works for his trio featuring Frank Lowe and Brian Smith at the NYC Knitting Factory. In 1997, Nicholson recorded his first CD of new compositions for his quintet, The Reggie Nicholson Concept, "Unnecessary Noise Allowed". Later, Nicholson experimented with electronics and percussion instruments, and recorded "Percussion Peace" for solo percussion. In 2007, Nicholson composed and performed live "Timbre Suite" (Tone Colors) for The Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept. Nicholson's latest recording, "Surreal Feel" shows the maturity and growth of his compositional skills with The Reggie Nicholson Brass Concept. Currently, Nicholson is continuing to explore the aesthetics of his musical concept.
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Wadada Leo Smith
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith: trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for almost 50 years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith's early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76). Mr. Smith has studied a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American. He has taught at the University of New Haven (1975-'76), the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (1975-'78), and Bard College (1987-'93). For the past twenty years he was a faculty member at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. Until his retirement in 2014, Mr. Smith was the director of the African-American Improvisational Music program. Also, he is a member of ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Mr. Smith's awards and commissions include: MAP Fund Award for "Ten Freedom Summers" (2011), Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2010), NEA Recording Grant (2010), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009-2010), Other Minds residency and "Taif", a string quartet commission (2008), Fellow of the Jurassic Foundation (2008), FONT(Festival of New Trumpet) Award of Recognition (2008), Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Award (2005), Islamic World Arts Initiative of Arts International (2004), Fellow of the Civitela Foundation (2003), Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001), "Third Culture Copenhagen" in Denmark-presented a paper on Ankhrasmation (1996), Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Program (1996), Asian Cultural Council Grantee to Japan (June-August 1993), Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Commissioning Program (1990), Numerous Meet the Composer Grants (since 1977), and National Endowment for the Arts Music Grants (1972, 1974, 1981). Mr. Smith's music philosophy Notes (8 Pieces) Source a New. World Music: Creative Music has been published by Kiom Press (1973).
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