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NAMELESS SOUND PRESENTS
AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS
Amina Claudine Myers (New York, NY) -
Hammond B3 organ and voice
Thursday, April 18, 2019
at TBH Center (Talento Bilingüe de Houston)
333 South Jenson Dr.
General seating. Pay
what you can/pay what you will.
Everyone under 18 gets in for free.
|Amina Claudine Myers (New York, NY)
- Hammond B3 organ and voice
The first-wave artists comprising the AACM (Association for the
Advancement of Creative Musicians) encompassed a breadth of what would
later become the organization’s motto: “Great Black Music, From the
Ancient to the Future”. The groundbreaking initiative of
self-determining musicians was born in 1960’s Chicago, and its early
members constituted a vital nexus of musically and geographically
diverse histories and futures.
Among these first-wave artists, none expresses their deep roots in
Southern African American traditions quite like the virtuosic,
versatile and emotionally moving pianist, organist, vocalist and
composer Amina Claudine Myers.
Born in a small Arkansas town of about 250 and raised in Arkansas and
Texas, Myers was only four years old when she began playing the piano.
While a teenager, the young prodigy was directing choirs and playing
organ in her Dallas area church, while also beginning her studies of
European classical piano repertoire. Already an experienced
professional when she started college, Myers began making jazz, r&b
and gospel gigs while attending Philander Smith in Little Rock. At
Philander Smith, she majored in music education, played in a college
jazz ensemble and studied classical piano. In 1963, a public school
teaching job brought Myers to Chicago. There, she would join the AACM,
while also working as accompanist to such jazz greats as Gene Ammons
and Sonny Stitt.
In the AACM, the prodigious and multitalented player began working out
musical ideas of her own. It was fertile ground for development, as
Myers was among an emerging group of African American artists who would
come to be known as some of the most important experimental composers
and improvisers of their generation. Her versatility as a composer
paralleled her versatility as a performer. A commitment to vocal works
was nurtured in the early years of the AACM. It’s been a career-long
passion that has included notated and improvised solo and choral music,
with a range of instrumental combinations. She has composed for
orchestra, chamber ensembles and jazz orchestra. She has written
musicals and plays, and also acted in the theater. In addition to being
a master composer and improviser, Myers is also a valued interpreter. A
short résumé of collaborators lending credence to her range and
abilities includes Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie, Charlie Haden, James
Blood Ulmer, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Harris, Anthony Braxton, Henry
Threadgill, Jim Pepper and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
In 2017, Nameless Sound was honored to present Amina Claudine Myers’
first Texas appearance since her teenage years in the church. Two
distinct concerts offered two aspects of Myer’s music: a concert for
voice and piano, and a pipe organ recital.
For this appearance, we will experience Myers accompanying her own
singing on Hammond B3 Organ. Bearing a voice with the depths of her
gospel and the blues roots, and accompanying herself with virtuosic
technique, Myers has earned critical acclaim for her vocal performances
since her landmark 1980 release Amina Claudine Myers Salutes Bessie