Master drummer / percussionist Avreeayl was described by the Chicago Tribune as “An indispensable innovator. Avreeayl Ra shapes the music-making swirling around him with remarkable precision and poise; extraordinarily sensitive percussion.” Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, his relationship with the seminal music organization having begun with early studies with co-founder Kelan Philip Cohran. Avreeayl has performed and /or recorded with Fred Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Fontella Bass, Lester Bowie, Ari Brown, Oscar Brown, Jr., Henry Butler, Henry Byrd (”Professor Longhair”), Hamid Drake, Malachi Favors, Donald Raphael Garrett, Charles Gayle, Henry Grimes, Billy Harper, Joseph Jarman, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Thompson, and many more. Avreeayl devotes much of his time and energy to the Congo Beach Initiative, a society in which Chicago musicians, dancers, and artists, young and old, have congregated for many years, playing music and practicing their spiritual and healing arts.