George Lewis’ AACM Opera Reviewed

English: George Lewis, moers festival 2009

Source: Chicago Tribune.

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) didn’t become a force in world culture overnight, but eventually it liberated the way jazz artists and others invented sound and nurtured each other. Bands such as the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Henry Threadgill‘s Air and ensembles led by Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton and many more revivified jazz at a time when it seemed in peril – economically, artistically and otherwise. The epic story of the AACM made for deeply satisfying reading in George Lewis’ 2008 book, “A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music” (University of Chicago Press). But could this tome, packed with copious detail and rigorous historical analysis, lend itself to operatic treatment?

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DMG Newsletter October 23rd 2015

English: Tom Rainey, jazz drummer; Picture tak...

Source: DMG.

John Zorn/James Moore CD/DVD! Larry Ochs/Nate Wooley/Pascal Niggenkemper/Ken Filiano/Harris Eisenstadt! Peter Brotzmann/Steve Swell/Paal Nilssen-Love! Plus Another Not Two Sale! Mostly Other People Do the Killing! Kirk Knuffke/Stomu Takeishi/Kenny Wollesen/Bill Goodwin!

Trot a Mouse: Simon Jermyn/Ingrid Laubrock/Mat Maneri/Tom Rainey! Kasuhisa Uchihashi & Junji Hirose! Zs! Jeff Noble & Eric Rosensveig from FAT! Houtkamp/Nabatov/Blume! Osaka’s finest: Bonanzas! Goat! Kyozin Yueni Dekai! FairPlay! Peno & YPY! Revenge of Blind Joe Death Tribute! Somma 1! Restocks from Vinny Golia and much more!

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The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, October 25th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON & WILLIAM PARKER – Contrabass Duo!

Sunday, November 1st:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG / NELS CLINE / BILLY MINTZ!
7pm: PATRICK BRENNAN & JASON HWANG – Alto sax & violin!

Special Monday, November 2nd, DMG Welcomes:
6pm: MIA DYBERG – Danish Alto Saxist!

Sunday, November 8th:
6pm: KEN ALDCROFT/JASON ROBINSON – Guitar/Tenor Sax!
7pm: VIV CORRINGHAM & ANNA HOMLER – Experimental Vocal Duo!

Sunday, November 15th:
6pm: OMAR TAMEZ – Solo!
7pm: SAGI KAUFMAN/TAL YAHALOM TRIO!

Sunday, November 22nd:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG / INGRID LAUBROCK / TOM RAINEY!
7pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTINOVIC!

Sunday, November 29th
6pm: MATT LAVELLE & REGGIE SYLVESTER – Trumpet/Alto Clarinet & Drums!
7pm: DISSIPATED FACE 2015: STEVE X DREAM/KURT RALSKE/DANIEL CARTER/BILL MILKOWSKI!

Sunday, December 6th: 6pm: GORDON GRDINA!
7pm: BEN GOLDBERG Residency Night 3!

Sunday, December 13th:
6pm: TAMIO SHIRASHI – Solo Sax Legend!
7pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS!

Sunday, December 20th:
6pm: BEN GOLDBERG / CHARLES BURNHAM / ELLERY ESKELIN / STEPHAN CRUMP!

Sunday, December 27:
DMG ANNUAL HOLIDAY/NEW YEARS CELEBRATION!