“It was a block of music that made you think, as the room does: Take note. Listen deeply. The rest of the world is not like this … that sublime and exclusive room, almost too opulent for this world.”
—The New York Times
Curated by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur fellow Jason Moran, this series of interventions expands this season to spotlight the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc. (AACM). For nearly 60 years, this revolutionary collective of artists, musicians, and creators from a range of backgrounds have been blending art forms and pushing boundaries. Their body of work has achieved lasting significance across borders of musical genre and geography and plays a critical role in the ever-evolving process of music creation.
They bring their unmistakable energy and boundless creativity to the Armory for a series of performances of newly composed works, workshops and open rehearsals, lectures and panels, exhibitions of historic artifacts and photographic surveys, and engagements with students from the Armory’s arts education programs. This in-depth residency of collaborative artists beautifully mirrors the cooperative spirit of the young artisans and designers present at the Veterans Room’s inception while showcasing where these groundbreakers reside creatively in the current moment and their innovative journey forward.
Jason Moran And Henry Threadgill: AACM Listening Session
February 18, 2023
Thurman Barker Quintet, Adegoke Steve Colson and Iqua Colson
April 22, 2023
The AACM: Power Stronger Than Itself — A Talk By George E. Lewis
November 18, 2023
Reggie Nicholson Percussion Concept
November 18, 2023
Amina Claudine Myers Choral Workshop
December 17, 2023
George Lewis: Acoustic Works, Stay In The Light: Amina Claudine Myers Trio And Special Guest Richarda Abrams
December 18, 2023
Public support is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Stephanie Berger
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