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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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George Lewis’ Creative Construction Set™
performed by a combined ensemble of musicians from Nameless Sound and the The Shepherd School of Music
under the direction of George Lewis

George Lewis – composer, director

Ryan Edwards – guitar
Erin Graham – percussion
Lisa Harris – voice
David Jones – french horn
Justin Jones
voice, synthesizer
Lucas Lemonholm
electric bass
Rebecca Novak – cornet, objects
Jake Sandridge
electronics, samples
Jacob Schafer
Jawwaad Taylor – trumpet, electronics, voice/mc
Max Vinetz – doublebass
Joe Wilson


Thursday, October 18
7:30 - 9:30PM

at Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
Campus Entrance 8
Link to map:

This concert is free of charge.

Best rate for parking on the Rice Campus
is $3  in the Greenbriar Lot.


Creative Construction Set™ (CCSTM) is a mobile, open-form, open-instrumentation work for an ensemble of eight or more musical performers who use a set of instruction cards to create and explore sonic environments. In CCSTM, musical decisions are produced via social relations, where discontinuity, support, and struggle become audible pathways to larger lessons for societies seeking to remain open to change and justice. CCSTM was originally created for the Berlin Splitter-Orchester; the title of the work pays homage to the “Creative Construction Company,” a jazz collective which emerged as part of the experimental African American composer-performer collective, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

George Lewis: Creative Construction Set™ is co-presented by Nameless Sound, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University and REMLABS at The Shepherd School of Music.

This project is made possible by the Arts Initiative Fund at Rice University.

Creative Construction Set™ is one of two projects featuring George Lewis in Houston. Remains of the Sky (2018), a sound and light installation commissioned for the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace, will open on October 20th, and run through November 4th.
For information:  https://moody.rice.edu/events/george-lewis-remains-sky

George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s other honors include a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 150 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Mivos Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, London Sinfonietta, Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink, Ensemble Erik Satie, Eco Ensemble, and others, with commissions from American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Harvestworks, Ensemble Either/Or, Orkestra Futura, Turning Point Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, IRCAM, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others.

Lewis has served as Fromm Visiting Professor of Music, Harvard University; Ernest Bloch Visiting Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley; Paul Fromm Composer in Residence, American Academy in Rome; Resident Scholar, Center for Disciplinary Innovation, University of Chicago; and CAC Fitt Artist in Residence, Brown University. Lewis received the 2012 SEAMUS Award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and his book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society’s Music in American Culture Award; Lewis was elected to Honorary Membership in the Society in 2016. Lewis is the co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016), and his opera Afterword (2015), commissioned by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. In 2015, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh. In 2017, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (PhD, honoris causa) from New College of Florida.

Professor Lewis came to Columbia in 2004, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, Mills College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Koninklijke Conservatorium Den Haag, and Simon Fraser University's Contemporary Arts Summer Institute. Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey.

Directions to the Moody Center for the Arts:
Driving & parking
The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at rice.edu/maps.

Please note: Our address is the general address to Rice University. To find us on campus, enter “Moody Center for the Arts” on Google or Apple maps.

METRO bus & rail
The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, (METRO) provides bus and rail service from destinations around Houston. There is a METRORail stop across the street from the main entrance of the Rice campus is the Hermann Park/Rice University station.