Mission and Vision

Nameless Sound was established in 2000 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 and its artists work directly with young people in public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters.  Nameless Sound envisions a pioneering arts education offering profound opportunities for the emotional and intellectual growth of youth. Nameless Sound envisions Creative Music as a powerful tool for addressing critical issues, such as: diversity, group-awareness, self-awareness, creative problem solving, peer support, spontaneity, and vulnerability.


In 1997, David Dove began developing a unique approach to music education based on creativity and diversity through his work with adolescents at MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts). In 2000, he founded Deep Listening Institute Houston (DLIH), a branch of a New York organization, to bring world-class artists to Houston and further his teaching goals. In 2006, under Dove’s direction, DLIH became Nameless Sound, an independent Houston-based 501(c)3. That same year, Nameless Sound expanded to include two classes for kids with special needs (mentally challenged and autistic) and a Creative Kids Ensemble (grades K though 8th) in addition to its Youth Ensemble, public school workshops, and homeless shelter classes. In 2008, Nameless Sound added classes for refugee children (asylum seekers). Since 2000, Nameless Sound has served over 8000 children through its Creative Music Education Program and hosted over 500 artists through its Concert and Artist Residency Program.

Recent programming highlights with our Concert and Artist Residency Program include sold-out concerts by internationally known musicians Borbetomagus, Dave Burrell, Circulasione Totale Orchestra, Frode Haltli/ Trygve Seim and Maja Ratkje Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, and Susan Alcorn. Saxophonist/ composer Matana Roberts conducted a week-long residency in Houston high schools and homeless shelters and performed with The Nameless Sound Ensemble. Nameless Sound has recently presented the Houston debut of notable artists including Louis Moholo, Matana Roberts, Borbetomagus, Lasse Marhaug, Maja Ratkje, Frode Haltli, and Trygve Seim. Nameless Sound continued its series of site-specific performances. British and American saxophonists John Butcher and Joe McPhee performed solos at The Menil Collection’s Richmond Hall. That concert was followed by a performance at The Hill of James Magee, a monumental work of art on private land in a remote part of the West Texas desert (about 80 miles East of El Paso). Nearly all artists participating in the concert series participate in ongoing residencies in the education program.