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Founded in 1965 and nonetheless lively this day, the organization for the development of inventive Musicians (AACM) is an American establishment with a world recognition. George E. Lewis, who joined the collective as in 1971, establishes the total value and energy of the AACM with this communal background, written with a symphonic sweep that attracts on a cross-generational refrain of voices and a wealthy choice of infrequent images.

Moving from Chicago to long island to Paris, and from founding member Steve McCall’s kitchen desk to Carnegie corridor, A strength greater Than Itself uncovers a colourful, multicultural universe and brings to gentle a tremendous piece of the background of avant-garde tune and art.

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1 FOUNDATIONS AND PREHISTORY Coming North: From Great Migration to Great Depression In terms of both personal histories and historical resonance, the roots of AACM discourses of mobility and atmosphere can be traced to the decades-long movement known as the Great Migration. S. history. The oldest members of the AACM’s first wave, including pianist and composer Richard Abrams, saxophonist Fred Anderson, pianist Jodie Christian, drummer Jerol Donavon, trumpeter Phil Cohran, drummer Steve McCall, and violinist Leroy Jenkins, were all born between 1927 and 1932, the children of migrants who settled in Chicago and St.

I follow this earliest generation to the point where they are just beginning to explore their art, either through touring with bands, as most did, or through intense personal exploration, like saxophonist Fred Anderson, who is not known to have toured with any bands other than his own. Chapter 2: New Music, New York This chapter draws upon the work of historian Daniel Belgrad, whose notion of an “aesthetic of spontaneity” in the 1950s is useful in theorizing the explorations of chance, choice, and mobility that were taking place in both American musical production and the new European music of the time.

Doing so would not only allow readers less invested in music but familiar with those discourses and debates to find commonalities with the histories surrounding new music, but could also provide musically oriented readers unfamiliar with those discourses with an opportunity to engage them on familiar ground. As I began to publish, I discovered a rapidly developing, questing new literature, a group of wonderful new colleagues, an exciting crop of graduate students, and an international reading public, including many musicians, who were eager for a new kind of writing about music that did not patronize the reader or assume his or her ignorance of the matters under review.

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