Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, New York City Chapter, Inc. AACM CONCERT SERIES 2018!!!!
AACM New York City Chapter, Inc.
53 Years of Artistic Dedication
AACM CONCERT SERIES 2018
Dedicated to AACM Co-Founder
Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams
OCTOBER 5, 2018, 8PM
WADADA LEO SMITH SOLO:
REFFLECTIONS AND MEDITATIONS ON MONK
WADADA LEO SMITH - TRUMPET
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NASHEET WAITS EQUALITY
NASHEET WAITS - DRUMS
ARUAN ORTIZ - PIANO
DARIUS JONES - ALTO SAXOPHONE
SANTI DEBRIANO - BASS
OCTOBER 19, 2018, 8PM
AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS GENERATION IV
PYENG THREADGILL - VOICE
LUNA THREADGILL MOEEBACHER - VOICE
RICHARDA ABRAMS - VOICE, EMCEE
AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS - DIRECTOR, PIANO, VOICE
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ANDREW CYRILLE & SAM NEWSOME DUO
ANDREW CYRILLE - DRUMS
SAM NEWSOME - SOPRANO SAXOPHONE
OCTOBER 26, 2018, 8PM
MARTY EHRLICH - SOLO PERFORMANCE
MARTY EHRLICH - SAXOPHONES, CLARINETS & FLUTES
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ELI FOUNTAIN - PERCUSSION DISCUSSION
ELI FOUNTAIN - PERCUSSION
REGGIE NICHOLSON - PERCUSSION
JAY HOGGARD - PERCUSSION
WARREN SMITH - PERCUSSION
BOBBY SANABRIA - PERCUSSION
BRYAN CARROTT - PERCUSSION
LYNDON ACHEE - PERCUSSION
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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. SUPPORT THROUGH NEW MUSIC USA's NYC NEW MUSIC IMPACT FUND IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH FUNDING FROM THE SCHERMAN FOUNDATION's KATHARINE S. AND AXEL G. ROSIN FUND AND GRANTS FROM THE PHAEDRUS FOUNDATION.
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A Little Bit About Us
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a non-profit tax-exempt arts organization, is one of the oldest musicians associations in the United States. Since its founding in Chicago, Illinois in 1965, the organization's members have developed a body of work that encompasses the spectrum of traditional and contemporary music.
The AACM New York City Chapter, Inc. a non-profit tax-exempt entity was established in 1983.
The AACM New York City Chapter, Inc. functions as an ensemble of composers and performers whose mission is to present concerts that feature world premieres, which are composed by AACM members.
AACM members who have been featured in our programs include: Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, Joseph Jarman, Thurman Barker, Frank Gordon, Adegoke Steve Colson, Iqua Colson, Chico Freeman, Amina Claudine Myers, George Lewis, Reggie Nicholson, LaRoy Wallace McMillan, Leonard Jones, Peggy Abrams, Richarda Abrams and posthumously Muhal Richard Abrams, Leroy Jenkins, Kalaparusha Ahra Difda, Lester Bowie, Steve McCall, Fred Anderson, John Stubblefield and Fred Hopkins.
The AACM is significantly unique in that it has nurtured and brought to fruition so many accomplished composers and performers. These artists have achieved influence across borders of musical genre and geography to play a critical role in the ever evolving process of contemporary music creation and its vital importance throughout the world.
The AACM was co-founded by Dr. Muhal Richard Abrams, Jodie Christian, Kelan Phil Cohran, and Steve McCall.
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AACM Concert Series 2017 Performer's Bio's
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 (AACM). 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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NASHEET WAITS, drummer/music educator, is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits. Over the course of his career, Freddie Waits played with such legendary artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, McCoy Tyner, and countless others. Nasheets college education began at Morehouse in Atlanta, GA, where he majored in Psychology and History. Deciding that music would be his main focus, he continued his college studies in New York at Long Island University, where he graduated with honours, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Music. While attending Long Island University, Waits studied privately with renowned percussionist, Michael Carvin. Carvins tutelage provided a vast foundation upon which Waits added influences from his father, as well as mentor Max Roach. It was Max that first gave Nasheets formidable talent international spotlight, hiring him as a member of the famed percussion ensemble MBOOM. One highlight of Nasheets tenure with MBOOM was the live concert performance of MBOOM with special guests Tony Williams and Ginger Baker. Nasheets talent came to the attention of reedman Antonio Hart, who asked Waits to originate the percussion chair of his first quintet. Waits remained a standing member of Antonios various ensembles, recording three albums and touring nationally and internationally in noted venues, jazz festivals, as well as live television and radio performances. Nasheet remained a member of Antonios group through 1998. Most recently Nasheet has been a member of Andrew Hills various bands, Jason Morans Bandwagon, and Fred Herschs trio. As an originating member of pianist Jason Morans Bandwagon, Jason, bassist Tarus Mateen, and Nasheet have been deemed, the most exciting rhythm section in jazz by JazzTimes, The 2001 recording Black Stars with the Band wagon, featuring Sam Rivers was named the Best CD of 2001 in (Jazz Times, Jan 2002) and The New York Times. Waits has recorded and toured extensively in Africa, Europe, Japan, Canada, South America and the United States. recording and touring activity, Nasheet teaches private lessons to youth and adults, stressing a personal approach to the drums and music. He has been heralded for his musicality and creativity by such virtuosos as Ed Thigpen, Max Roach, Andrew Hill, and Stanley Cowell. True to his personal philosophy of the necessity to balance Tradition and Modernism, Waits collaborates and performs regularly with musical cohorts, contemporaries, and masters. Nasheet is dedicated to exploring his role and creative path in music.
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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 appeared on many Jazz Festivals including the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, Washington D C; The Winter Jazz Festival and The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, NYC and The Chicago Jazz Festival in a Tribute To Muhal Richard Abrams with solo and trio performance. Ms. Myers resides in New York City where she teaches privately and performs as a soloist and with her various ensembles.
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ANDREW CYRILLE, Master drummer and composer Andrew Cyrille, began studying science at St. John's University while playing jazz in the evenings. He began formally studying drums and composition first with at The Juilliard School and Hartnett School of Music. At that time, he also performed with artists ranging from Mary Lou Williams, Coleman Hawkins, Roland Hanna and Illinois Jacquet to Kenny Dorham, Freddie Hubbard, Walt Dickerson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Nigerian percussionist Babatunde Olatunji among others. Beginning in 1964, Cyrilles 11-year iconic collaboration with pianist Cecil Taylor would define the category of free jazz drumming and establish Cyrille in the vanguard of jazz drummers and percussionists. From 1969, Cyrille formed several percussion groups featuring notable drummers such as Kenny Clarke, Milford Graves, Famoudou Don Moye, Rashied Ali, Daniel Ponce, Michael Carvin and Vladimir Tarasov. Since leaving Taylor's group, he went on to work with formidable artists as David Murray, Muhal Richard Abrams, Mal Waldron, Horace Tapscott, James Newton, Peter Brötzmann and Oliver Lake. Cyrille was the drummer on Billy Bang's 'A Tribute to Stuff Smith,' notable for being the last studio session of Sun Ra. From 1971-1973, Cyrille was artist in residence and instructor at Antioch College, OH, and also taught at the Graham Windham Home for Children in New York. He is currently on faculty at The New School School of Jazz in NYC. In 1994, he released an educational video, Jazz Methodology in Drum Music: In and Out of Meter, based on nearly 100 jazz albums and 30 years of Cyrille's professional jazz drumming with artists like Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, and others. A prolific and indefatigable composer and performer, Cyrille released Declaration of Musical Independence on ECM
records in 2017, and has a forthcoming release in 2018. Cyrille has toured and performed throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and the former USSR. He formed Haitian Fascination with Haitian percussionist Frisner Augustin and guitarist Alix Pascal, and for over 27 years has been a member of TRIO3, featuring Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman. He leads his own groups in various formations and performs in duo, trio and larger configurations (big bands) with luminaries such as Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, Marilyn Crispell, Bill Frisell, Richard Teitelbaum, Irene Schweizer, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, David Virelles, Bill McHenry, Ben Street, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Soren Kjaergaard, and others. In addition to Andrew Cyrilles 21st Century Big Band Unlimited, his most recent big band performance was with Mark Masters American Jazz Institute Ensemble.Cyrille is a Guggenheim Fellow in Composition (1999). Other notable achievements include three National Endowment for the Arts grants for performance and composition, two Meet the Composer/ AT&T- Rockefeller Foundation grants, and an Arts International Award to perform with his quintet in Accra, Ghana, and West Africa, and two ASCAP awards for meritorious achievement in percussion composition.
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MARTY EHRLICH, is celebrating 40 years in the nexus of creative music centered in New York City. He began his musical career in St. Louis, Missouri, performing and recording with the Human Arts Ensemble. He then graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1977. Since coming to New York, he has made thirty recordings of his compositions for ensembles including his Dark Woods Ensemble, Travelers Tales Quartet, Rites Quartet, Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, as well as numerous collaborative groups. His most recent recording is "Trio Exaltation", with John Hebert and Nasheet Waits.
As a multi-instrumentalist passionate about improvisation and interpretation, he has performed, toured, and recorded with a whos who of contemporary composers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Ray Anderson, Anthony Braxton, John Carter, Andrew Cyrille, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Davis, Mark Dresser, Michael Formanek, Don Grolnick, Chico Hamilton, Julius Hemphill, Andrew Hill, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Leroy Jenkins, John Lindberg, Myra Melford, Modeski/Martin/Woods, James Newton, Bobby Previte, Rufus Reid, David Schiff, and Wadada Leo Smith .
Ehrlich has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the New York City Opera, and other classical ensembles. He has worked with the Jose Limón and Bill T. Jones dance companies. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist Residency at Harvard University (with painter Oliver Jackson), composition grants from Chamber Music America, the NEA, and NYFA, and a Distinguished Alumni award from NEC. He is currently Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Music at Hampshire College.
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Detroit native, is the son of legendary MOTOWN saxophonist Eli
Fountain. Attended Cass Technical High School & Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
He has recorded with Max Roach, Geri Allen, James Carter, Sam Rivers, Lena Horne, Butch Morris, Aretha Franklin and many more. Performed with The Temptations, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Bob Hope, Glen Campbell, Freda Payne, Oleta Adams, Shirley Ceasar and many more. .
Theater includes Jelly's Last Jam with Gregory Hines, Music Director for the Yale Repertory Theater's Production of King Lear, Music Director for The Denver Center Theater's Production of Pork Pie, Music Director for numerous shows with tap with Savion Glover.
Classical Performances with The Cincinnati Symphony, Chamber & Opera Orchestras, The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Jazz
His ballet "Play" is performed by The Complexions Dance Company,
Choreographed by Dwight Rhoden. His ballet (SIC) is performed by Daniel Squire's Dance Company. His latest ballet is choreographed by Dianne McIntyre and performed by the Dance Theater of Harlem. It is titled "Change".
Fountain is a long time instructor and clinician at schools such as The
University of Massachusetts, Jazzmobile, Jazz at Lincoln Center.
He is also the leader of Percussion Discussion, and The Organizers. Fountain is a member of Max Roach's M'Boom and endorses Sabian Cymbals.
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