Performance dates & times

Sunday 25 Aug
4:00 PM

Running Time 2 hours 30 minutes, plus 30 minute interval

Price range

Purchase 2 or more events as part of the Supersense program and receive 15% off the Standard ticket price.
$59.00 - $79.00
$64.00 - $74.00

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There are few musical outfits that can claim the influence, mastery and longevity as Art Ensemble of Chicago, and after fifty years they're as visionary as ever.

Art Ensemble of Chicago formed in 1969 and have been pioneering new music ever since. Growing out of the groundbreaking Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the late 1960s, the group changed music and performance history forever, moving beyond the genres of jazz, experimental music and performance art into a creative realm that was entirely their own.

Tapping into styles that hearken back long before jazz's inception and thrusting into a future yet to be conceived, AEOC's performances were made even more distinctive through the use of unique sounds and instruments.

Whistles, horns, bells, gongs, homemade and found sound objects feature alongside the saxophones, flutes, trumpet, flugelhorn, double bass and drum set of the group’s founding members of Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Fontella Bass and Don Moye.

The group’s legendary live performances blended music, theatre, poetry and dance to create a visual and auditory spectacle that has seen them remain one of the most influential groups of the 20th century. Discover why this legendary act has proven to be one of music's most enduring forces, powered by an indomitable spirit of original leaders Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye, and bolstered by the likes of Tomeka Reid, Hugh Ragin, Junius Paul, Dudu Kouaté and visionary rising star Moor Mother.

Art Ensemble of Chicago plus Special Guest – USA is an individually ticketed event.

Art Ensemble of Chicago

Roscoe Mitchell
Drums, congas and percussion
Famoudou Don Moye
Spoken word
Moor Mother
Trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet
Hugh Ragin
Tomeka Reid
Double bass and objects
Junius Paul
African percussion
Dudu Kouaté
Alberto Lofoco (Akamu)
Tour Manager
Larry Stevenson
Stage Manager
Stage Manager

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