Free At First

DuSable Museum Considers the "Audacious" Freedom of the AACM

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In celebration of Free/Phase and in honor of the CBMR’s over thirty years of rich history, the CBMR blog will (among other things) highlight the ongoing connection between black music and freedom. The CBMR is not, however, the only organization doing this important work. Between now and September 6, 2015, the DuSable Museum  is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the AACM with its feature exhibition “FREE AT FIRST: The Audacious Journey of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.”

From the DuSable website:

“The phrase “Free At First” is meant to reflect the very birth of this organization was inclusive of the members of AACM, who were unfettered by convention and tradition and adopted a “free” style that recognized no boundaries and defied categorization. The AACM had the audacity to compose, perform, publish, own, and institutionalize their own music and to prepare future exponents of their genre-bending, experimental form. Further, their collective, rather than confining the individual, actually made room for individual freedom of expression.

“Free At First” is also a reference to the sense of freedom the founders and early members approached musical compositions, organizational concepts and institution building – especially with the AACM School of Music. The scope of the exhibition is intended to provide the social framework, political climate, cultural milieu and the philosophical underpinnings within which this musician’s collective has thrived and survived – the only musicians’ collective still standing!”

For more information about this important exhibition, please visit the DuSable website.

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