Obade Ensemble


Vandy Harris, Buford Kirkwood, Don Moye, Drahseer Khalid, Jesus Wayne, Brian Smith, George Lewis, and John Jackson perform in a style characterized by a special rhythmic energy. This group is one of a number of performing ensembles drawn from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).


With the launch of this website, the MCA has created a platform for archiving and publishing images and stories from our 50-year history. Though many pages currently lack descriptions or illustrations, we’re committed to a program of ongoing research that will fill in the blanks over time. If you have information about past MCA Stage events, we’d be delighted to hear from you.


Supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council.