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Chicago's venerable AACM recently underwent an executive shuffle that brought in some young blood. Flutist Nicole Mitchell continues in the top spot, but drummer Mike Reed has signed on as vice chair, cellist Tomeka Reid is the new treasurer, and vocalist Saalik Ziyad has stepped in as secretary.
The revamped leadership recently announced its first new endeavor, the Nomadic Sound Experiment, a bimonthly concert series designed to bring the AACM's music to different parts of the Chicago metropolitan area.
The premier event is this Saturday, not far from the organization's Hyde Park base--the show's at the South Side Community Art Center and starts at 7 PM. Singer Dee Alexander will play the first set with her Evolution Ensemble (cellist Reid, violinist James Sanders, and bassist Junius Paul), and the second set will feature Mitchell's trio with Reid and percussionist Jovia Armstrong. All proceeds from the concerts go toward relaunching the AACM's music school, a crucial pillar of the organization.