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MCA Live: Ann Ward & the AACM School of Music


Composer, vocalist, pianist, and African percussionist Ann Ward directs the AACM School of Music in a program of Great Black Music by the school’s illustrious teachers, all volunteers and members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.


Seven human figures draped with a continuous, glittery, silver fabric form a zigzagging conga line. Their heads are replaced with tubes that flare into large circles, like horned instruments.

Nick Cave, Speak Louder, 2011, Mixed media, including black mother-of-pearl buttons, embroidery floss, upholstery, metal armature, and mannequins, Installed: 93 1/2 x 199 x 123 in. (237.5 x 505.5 x 312.4 cm)

Photo: James Prinz Photography Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

About the Artist

Ann Ward performs regularly with several of the groups, including the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, the Experimental Ensemble, Samana, the AACM Vocal Ensemble, and Spiritual Connections. She has performed with Cook, Dixon, and Young (the Three Mo'Tenors). Her compositions are featured by Six Degrees, the all-female composer collective that presents new music in concert around Chicago.