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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

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"At times violent, discordant, terrifying and thunderous, 
but ultimately sparkled with a pulsating affirmation;
a rare and rarified experience." London Jazz News

Nameless Sound, the Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts,
the Shepherd School of Music, and the Chao Center for Asian Studies present
three nights of solos, duos, and an art opening featuring:
Peter Brötzmann & Keiji Haino

Peter Brotzmann and Keiji Haino 
courtesy Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

Keiji Haino: SOLO
Monday, October 7, 2013, 8pm

Peter Brötzmann: SOLO
free at James Turrell's 'Twilight Ephiphany' Skyspace
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 8pm
Rice University

OPENING RECEPTION for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958 -2013,'
Rice Media Center, Rice University to follow at 9:30pm.

Peter Brötzmann/Keiji Haino: DUO
Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 8pm
at Rice Media Center, Rice University.

Keiji Haino (Japan): vocals, guitar
Peter Brötzmann (Wuppertal, Germany): saxophones, clarinets


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 performances  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 MECA (Multicultural Education and Counselling through the Arts).

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. Brötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with the Fluxus movement, working pioneers of the movement like Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik.  Disillusioned with art galleries and exhibitions, however, Brötzmann refocused his creative efforts on music.  In 1968, with an eight-piece group, he 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, Brötzmann has released over fifty albums, thus solidifying himself as a pioneer of the European free jazz movement.  His success was not limited to Europe, however, as he has rampaged his way around the globe, joining forces with fellow travelers such as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others.  On Tuesday, October 8th at 8pm, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set at 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.

These concerts are co-presented with the Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, the Shepherd School of Music, and the Chao Center for Asian Studies.


This concert is funded by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and by an Arts Initiative Grant from Rice University.  These performances are also supported by the Japan Foundation, New York and the generous translation contribution of the Japan-America Society of Houston.