The Art Ensemble of Chicago - 50th Anniversary (1969-2019)

LONDON Barbican
Silk Street


Art Ensemble of Chicago, champions of the Great Black Music, celebrate their 50th anniversary with a tribute to Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors Maghostut.

The ensemble that evolved from founder Roscoe Mitchell's musical vision, explorations and adventurous collaborations in Chicago is renowned for integrity of musical styles that span the history of jazz and multi-instrumental group improvisations. They have just released We are on the Edge on Pi Records, with a two-disc vinyl on Erased Tapes, after a studio recording hiatus of 15 years.

In this concert, the group feature 18 members; Roscoe Mitchell (saxophones) and Famoudou Don Moye (drums/percussion) are joined by a constellation of special guests, including Moor Mother and flautist Nicole Mitchell.

Roscoe Mitchell - saxophones

Famoudou Don Moye
- drums, congas, djembè and percussion

with guest artists:

Steed Cowart
- conductor

Hugh Ragin
- trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet

Nicole Mitchell
- flutes

Christina Wheeler
- voice, array mbira, autoharp, q-chord, theremin, sampler, electronicsJean Cook - violinEddy Kwon - violaTomeka Reid - celloSilvia Bolognesi - double bassJaribu Shahid - double bassJunius Paul - double bass and objectsDudu Kouaté - african percussionBaba Sissoko - african percussion

Moor Mother
- spoken word

Rudolpho Cordova-Lebron
- voice

Brett Carson
- piano

Simon Sieger
– trombone