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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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TIGER TRIO





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TIGER TRIO

Joëlle Léandre (France) - double bass
Myra Melford (Chicago/Berkley, CA)
- piano
Nicole Mitchell (Chicago/Long Beach, CA)
- flute


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Friday, October 5,  8PM
at MECA
1900 Kane St


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"I watch Myra climb into the piano, and Joëlle pull the wood out of her bass, and I see myself squeezing through the flute’s silver holes. We soar through the triangle of women, fiercely committed to the rapture of instrumental sound.”
- Nicole Mitchell

Tiger Trio, the inspired union of pianist Myra Melford, bassist Joëlle Léandre and flutist Nicole Mitchell, brings an uncommon lucidity to the art of spontaneous composition. On their 2016 release Unleashed (RogueArt), the three pioneering women exhibit a mode of interplay that is “remarkably disciplined and focused, with an emphasis on … mutuality that gives each track a unified feel” (freejazzblog.com).

The trio began as a result of Melford’s Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts Residency at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco, (2013-15) intended to aid the center in building an audience for their jazz and improvised music program, which culminated in the New Frequencies Fest:Jazz@YBCA in February of 2015. For her own performance on that festival, Melford chose to invite Léandre and Mitchell, whose duo work on Sisters Where (RogueArt) and collaborations with Thomas Buckner, Michael Dessen and others have revealed a potent simpatico. That performance revealed a wonderful chemistry between the three, and they decided to form a collectively-led trio to continue playing together.

Although the chamber-like texture of the full trio predominates, Tiger Trio weighs all options in terms of orchestration, venturing duo combinations, solo interludes and other unexpected strategies as the music unfolds. “I watch Myra climb into the piano, and Joëlle pull the wood out of her bass,” Mitchell says, “and I see myself squeezing through the flute’s silver holes. We soar through the triangle of women, fiercely committed to the rapture of instrumental sound.”

In addition to Melford’s Doris Duke funded residency at YBCA, she has received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Alpert Award in the Arts. A professor at the University of California-Berkeley, she is among the most celebrated pianist-composers of her time, “an explosive player, a virtuoso who shocks and soothes” (San Francisco Chronicle). Mitchell, a longtime Chicagoan and professor of music at the University of California-Irvine, has been hailed for her “Afrofuturist vision” and credited as “probably the most inventive flutist in the past 30 years of jazz” by The New York Times. Her varied projects and leadership as first woman chair of the AACM have widened the scope of improvised music as a whole. Léandre, from France, has collaborated with everyone from Anthony Braxton and George Lewis to John Cage and Pierre Boulez. Her past work as a visiting artist at Mills College (in Oakland) was how she and Melford first met and performed together. She has been likened by fellow bassist William Parker to “a sculptor carving and shaping musical poems from large blocks of sonic matter.”



Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Spedidam:
French Embassy     Spedidam