Come join us for the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) Fundraiser Featuring WADADA LEO SMITH AND THE GREAT BLACK MUSIC ENSEMBLE
VIP Reception 4:30PM | Silent Auction 5:30PM | Performance 7:00PM
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is celebrating its 54th Anniversary with a musical performance on February 10th The featured artist will be renowned trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith who will be performing a solo first set featuring "Reflections and Meditations on Monk", based on the music of Thelonious Monk. The second set will feature compositions by Mr. Smith who will lead the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble.
Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpet-player, multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser. He has composed music for solo, ensemble, classical and creative orchestra and stage IEworks. His compositions have been performed by his own ensembles as well as other contemporary music ensembles. He has performed with almost every important artist in the creative improvised music scene. Wadada has received numerous awards as a composer and musician. For fifty years, his research and artistic development has been to create a notational language and design compatible systems to illustrate his artistic expression. Considered by many the most important and creative living jazz musician Wadada Leo Smith, boldly original trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist and composer has reached a new peak in his career, topping in 2017 three categories in Downbeat Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll: Jazz Artist, Trumpet and Jazz Album (for “America's National Parks”). Founded in 1965 as a creative response to the disappearance of sustainable musical outlets, AACM has grown into a movement of creative musical freedom and ingenuity that has touched every aspect of popular music, from rock and punk to hip hop. The performance will showcase the association's global free form music, rooted in African tradition and marked by cutting edge presentation.