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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

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"Going to Jim Magee’s hill is one of the only art experiences, in any sort of art, that always leaves me speechless. I think it has the same effect on pretty much everyone. I played the very first concert there, and it was without doubt one of the high musical experiences of my life." - Bob Ostertag

Nameless Sound and The Cornudas Mountain Foundation
present a rare site-specific event in the vast West Texas desert:

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda
The Hill of James Magee

  charles donald
                                                   photo courtesy the Cornudas Mountain Foundation

at The Hill of James Magee, near Cornudas, Texas
directions and instructions for checking in will follow ticket purchase

  Saturday, September 19, 2015

Number of Tickets

       $75 General|$25 Student

Akio Suzuki
(Kyotango, Japan) - handmade instruments, found objects
Aki Onda
(New York, New york) - tapes, electronics, radio, found objects

The Cornudas Mountain Foundation and Nameless Sound present the third in a series of rare site-specific events held in the vast West Texas desert.

Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda will perform for an intimate audience at The Hill, a monumental (yet very personal) work of art, isolated on remote private land 70 miles East of El Paso.

Over 30 years in the making, The Hill is the life work of James Magee. Complex and powerful, The Hill consists of four buildings (40 feet long, 20 feet wide and 17 feet in height), all of which house installations by Magee. Built from irregularly-cut shale rock, each building is entered through a majestic iron portal, 8 feet wide and the full height of the building. The Hill sits in a gently rolling landscape with mesmerizing views of mesas, mountains, and limitless West Texas skies. Having done much of the work himself or with one assistant, The Hill has been an impressively solitary endeavor for Magee. In its three decades, only a small number of people have visited the site. This concert offers a rare opportunity to visit to the site, as well as a unique sound-art experience. It follows several other creative music presentations at The Hill, including a concert by Bob Ostertag in 1999, and Nameless Sound-curated events featuring saxophonists Joe McPhee and John Butcher in 2010 and Peter Brotzmann in 2013.

Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda perform with self-made instruments, analogue tape machines and radios, wood pieces, nails and hammer, buckets, marbles, glass jars and found objects, by responding to the architecture, acoustics and energy of specific performance sites. Though they differ in generation and performance practice, the NYC-based Onda and the Kyotango-based Suzuki share an inventive, open-ended, and spontaneous approach to the infinite and variegated possibilities of sound. Since initiating a collaborative relationship in 2005, the duo have embarked on a number of tours in Europe and Asia, exploring locations ranging from an abandoned factory on the outskirts of Brussels to an underground parking lot in Glasgow. Each performance begins with the artists in the middle of the space, surrounded by the audience, before gradually moving throughout the environment as the performance unfolds.

Akio Suzuki has been performing, building instruments, and presenting sound installations for over five decades. Known as a pioneer sound artist, it has been suggested that a more accurate description of him would be “quester after sound and space”. Suzuki's journey as an artist began in 1963 with a performance at Nagoya station, in which he threw a bucket full of junk down a staircase. This performance took the desire to listen as its subject. That desire has remained the constant in Suzuki's stance as an artist ever since. During the sixties, Suzuki's sense of playfulness led him to undertake a series of “Self-Study Events”, where he explored the processes of "throwing" and "following", taking the natural world as his collaborator. The experiences he gained in these events led him to invent unique self-made instruments, including Analapos - an instrument that creates echoes through the acoustic transmissions of a spiral cord stretched between two metal cylinders, and De Koolmess - consisting of hollow glass tubes suspended over a frame. He also performs on Iwabue, an ancient stone flute passed down through his family for many generations. From the late seventies through the eighties, Suzuki developed a form of performance he refers to as “Conceptual Soundwork”. Applying a number of self-imposed, simple and austere rules, he uses objects close at hand in a mode of “intellectual play". Akio Suzuki has collaborated with artists such as Toru Takemitsu, Takehisa Kosugi, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Steve Lacy and John Butcher.

Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer and visual artist. Onda was born in Japan and resides in New York. He is particularly known for his “Cassette Memories” project - works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of more than two decades. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers and visual artists. His ongoing collaborations include “Nervous Magic Lantern” with Ken Jacobs, an improvisational trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, site-specific happenings with Akio Suzuki and audio-visual installations/performances with Raha Raissnia.

For information about James Magee, The Hill, and The Cornudas Mountain Foundation:

For information about Akio Suzuki:

For information about Aki Onda:


The Hill is on private land, near Cornudas Texas, 70 miles East of El Paso.

We will check-in all guests at Ranch Road 2317 from 2p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can park on the side of the road. Check-in is mandatory.  After you check in, shuttles will be available to take you to the Hill from 2pm to 2:30pm. You are also welcome to walk to the Hill from this point, which is approximately two miles away. If walking, please allow time to get to the site by 3pm. Please be on time, as we won't be able to admit anyone once we close the check-in.

Please note that The Hill is on Mountain Standard Time (one hour behind Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, etc.)

.  Phone service cannot be relied on, but sometimes a signal is possible. If you get lost, feel free to call 713-248-3927. We will have this cell on, but cannot guarantee service. 

Comfortable clothing and footwear, as well as a hat and sunscreen are recommended.                             
We will offer water and a light snack. There will be restroom facilities near the parking area, and up on the site.

May’s Cafe in Cornudas will be serving food and beverages before and after the event.

This concert will happen, rain or shine.

Cameras and recording equipment are not permitted.


Here is Google Maps link for Cornudas, Texas.

To get to the Hill from El Paso:

Travel East on Highway 180. The turn-off for The Hill is Ranch Rd. 2317 off of Highway 180.

This turn-off is 26 miles past the U.S. border checkpoint. The exit is on the right. We will have a small sign posted.

If you pass May's Cafe on the left on 180, you've gone too far.

Parking will be below the site, along the left side of Ranch Rd. 2317.

For questions please contact Nameless Sound by email at administration@namelesssound.org or by phone at 713-928-5653. If calling on the day of (or the day before) the event, please call 713-248-3927.

Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda "ke i te ke" American Tour is organized by ISSUE Project Room.  The project is supported by the Asian Cultural Council, Japan Foundation NY, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.  aa tour logos