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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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Epistrophy Arts, Nameless Sound, and New Quorum

Wadada Leo Smith's
Ten Freedom Summers
The first full production in the American South of
Wadada Leo Smith’s
major work on the American Civil Rights Movement

  Arnold Dreyblatt Solo 1986

Ten Freedom Summers

The first full production in the American South of
Wadada Leo Smith’s
major work on the American Civil Rights Movement 

performed by
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
and RedKoral String Quartet
with video images by Jesse Gilbert

presented in 3 parts in 3 cities
Audience is invited to travel to experience the full production

Thursday, October 12 2017
"Defining Moments in America"
in Austin, Texas
at Boyd Vance Theater at George Washington Carver Museum

Friday, October 13 2017
"What is Democracy?"
in Houston, Texas
3400 Main St, Houston, TX  77002

Saturday, October 14 2017
"Ten Freedom Summers"
in New Orleans, Louisiana
at Loyola University

Tickets to the Houston Concert:
$13 General Admission | $10 Students | 18 and under FREE
Please pick up tickets at the MATCH Box Office

"I was born in 1941 and grew up in segregated Mississippi and experienced the conditions which made it imperative for an activist movement for equality. I saw that stuff happening. Those are the moments that triggered this. It was in that same environment that I had my first dreams of becoming a composer and performer.” – Wadada Leo Smith

“A staggering achievement, with the dramatic sweep of the trumpeter’s writing (for both a chamber orchestra and his own small group)… It merits comparison to Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in sobriety and reach.” — Francis Davis, Rhapsody Jazz Critics Poll

“Ten Freedom Summers is his magnum opus; it belongs in jazz’s canonical lexicon with Duke Ellington’s Black Brown & Beige and Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite.” — Thom Jurek, All Music Guide

"Five stars. Although there are many outstanding recordings in Smith's canon, it's hard to avoid calling this his masterpiece." — Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine

“A master at uttering profound truths with bracing dissonance, stripped-down musical gestures and striking contrasts of instrumental color, Smith presided over music of searing expressive power. Even if you didn't know that "Ten Freedom Summers" grapples with our nation's struggles over civil rights, this music conveyed tremendous visceral and intellectual impact." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“There are ambitious works, and then there is trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers… The sound is never less than widescreen. You won’t find any vamp sessions or alternating solos in Smith’s interpretation of jazz – like the history he’s reprising, it only moves forward.” — Otis Hart, NPR

"Ten Freedom Summers is one of my life's defining works."  – Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet:
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet
Pheeroan akLaff - drums, percussion
Anthony Davis - piano
John Lindberg - double bass

RedKoral String Quartet:
Andrew McIntosh - viola
Mona Tian - violin
Shalini Vijayan - violin
Ashley Walters - cello


The performance of Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet, presented in collaboration with The New Quorum and Epistrophy Arts, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
CMA      Epistrophy Arts