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Nameless Sound was established in 2001 to present the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education. Nameless Sound presents concerts by premier artists in the world of creative music. In addition, Nameless Sound artists work directly with students from Houston’s public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters. Nameless Sound’s educational work helps to nurture a new generation of artists and inspire tomorrow’s creative thinkers.


   
Nameless Sound
presents

Dave Burrell

December 13, 2014

8PM


Nameless Sound
presents

Peter Evans/Sam Pluta

Saturday, January 17 2015
8pm






Presented in association with 14 Pews.


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Latham Hall, Christ Church Cathedral
1117 TEXAS AVENUE, HOUSTON TX 77002

December 13, 2014
8PM


Dave Burrell
(Philadelphia): piano


$13|$10 student |FREE under 18


"Burrell's take on jazz tradition is intelligent and wilful, refusing the categories thrust on it by outsiders... This is the record to bring Burrell to the attention of all listeners who crave the unmistakable thump of authenticity." Ben Watson, The Wire


"No one is willing to admit that (Burrell) is precisely trying to create new standards of achievement, while at the same time a century of African American music and blues of yesteryear
keeping ready to surface at any touch of his fingers."
Jazz Magazine (France)


"Burrell's knowledge of the piano and of its jazz literature is nearly encyclopedic. His modern single-line ragtime pieces, like AM Rag and Punaluu Peter trace the lineage of players like Monk back far beyond the Harlem stride pianists."
Francis Davis, Cadence


14 Pews
800 AURORA ST, HOUSTON, TX 77098

Saturday, January 17 2015
8pm

$13/$10 Student/Free under 18

Presented in association with 14 Pews.

Peter Evans (NYC) - trumpet
Sam Pluta (NYC) - laptop

Peter Evans (trumpet) and Sam Pluta (electronics) have been collaborating since 2008 in a wide variety of contexts. Their work together has spanned small Jazz groups, large wind ensembles, through-composed works by themselves and others, and in educational contexts in the fields of improvisation an electro-acoustic music. Their work together has been featured in the Peter Evans Quintet and Octet, Rocket Science (with Craig Taborn and Evan Parker), Parker's USA Electro-Acoustic Septet, ICE and the Wet Ink Ensemble. They have performed at major festivals and venues across Europe, Canada and USA, and have presented their work and ideas at several major colleges and universities.

In the duo format Pluta and Evans use all they have developed from their experience together to forge a new and dynamically interactive music. Since the release of their recording "Sum and Difference" in 2011, they have persistently honed and refined their duo music into a fully formed type of electro-acoustic chamber music. Improvisation and a commitment to the explosive energy of sound itself informs the duo's approach to real time composition.

Their music bridges Evans' efforts to explore new sonic worlds for a traditional acoustic instrument with Pluta's customized and highly flexible software. Their instruments are at some points fused into a unified sonic entity indistinguishable as two voices, while at others engaged in violent counterpoint.

Their latest record, Event Horizon is upcoming on Pluta's label Carrier Records, released in LP and digital formats.     

Links:
http://www.sampluta.com/EvansPlutaDuo/



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Konk Pack at Milby High School October 2013
Konk Pack conducts a workshop at Milby High School October 2013


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Fall classes begin September 3rd, 2014, but participants may enroll at any time!

See Youth Ensemble page for class descriptions and times.

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-Garry Reece, parent of a Nameless Sound student.

Read the rest of his letter here.


Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.

 

For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making.

 

The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert.

 

Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues.   Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.
The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert. Haino opens this three-night festival on Monday, October 7th with a solo concert at a venue still to be announced.
For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making. On Tuesday, October 8th, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set during the programmed LED light sequence of James Turrell's 'Twilight Epiphany' Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, immediately followed by the opening reception for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958-2013' at the Rice Media Center.
Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues. The two artists make their North American debut as a duo on Wednesday, October 9th at the Rice Media Center.Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.
The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert. Haino opens this three-night festival on Monday, October 7th with a solo concert at a venue still to be announced.
For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making. On Tuesday, October 8th, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set during the programmed LED light sequence of James Turrell's 'Twilight Epiphany' Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, immediately followed by the opening reception for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958-2013' at the Rice Media Center.
Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues. The two artists make their North American debut as a duo on Wednesday, October 9th at the Rice Media Center.Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.
The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert. Haino opens this three-night festival on Monday, October 7th with a solo concert at a venue still to be announced.
For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making. On Tuesday, October 8th, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set during the programmed LED light sequence of James Turrell's 'Twilight Epiphany' Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, immediately followed by the opening reception for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958-2013' at the Rice Media Center.
Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues. The two artists make their North American debut as a duo on Wednesday, October 9th at the Rice Media Center.