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was established in 2001 to present the best of international
contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in
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.
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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
courtesy Peter Gannushkin /
Monday, October 7,
OF VENUE: MECA
Peter Brötzmann: SOLO
free at James Turrell's 'Twilight Ephiphany' Skyspace
Tuesday, October 8,
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
9, 2013, 8pm
at Rice Media Center, Rice University.
(Japan): vocals, guitar
Peter Brötzmann (Wuppertal, Germany): saxophones, clarinets
ADVANCED TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THE DUO PERFORMANCE. Please buy tickets at the door.
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.
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.