Art Ensemble of Chicago, performing a crafted one hour set, took an unexpected standing ovation from a festival crowd in the thousand-seater indoor auditorium housed in the Museu de les Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, the “Museu Blau”.
The Art Ensemble is one of the most distinctive collectives in free jazz, which is a music often mistaken for chaos, but Anarquía is closer. Anarchy is not chaos. Free jazz is not chaos. The Art Ensemble is not free jazz. The Art Ensemble is anarchy. Anarchy is decentralisation, and this has been a defining feature of the group since its inception.