Afterward was created by acclaimed composer, musician, and AACM member George Lewis, media/theater artist Catherine Sullivan, and director Sean Griffin.
George Lewis has the following to say about the project:
“Founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1965, the AACM has long played an internationally recognized role in American experimental music. Afterword functions not as a history of the collective, but as a “Bildungsoper”—a coming-of-age opera of ideas, positionality, and testament. The libretto is drawn from my 2008 book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press), a chronicle showing how artists and musicians assumed central roles in forging new models of black identity and social activism. What I call the AACM’s “unstable polyphony” of voices, at once independent and in harmony in imagining the future of music, is the inspiration for Afterword, my first experimental opera, and where interpenetration of subject with artistic method becomes a vital touchstone for operatic experience.”
There will also be a preview of the first act at the Ostrava Days festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic. This will take place on 28th August 2015. More information is available here.