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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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Cooper-Moore (NYC) - piano, hand-crafted instrument


venue to be determined

General seating. Pay what you can/pay what you will. Everyone under 18 gets in for free.



The work of Cooper-Moore is a testament to commitment, vision, compassion, and invention. Cooper-Moore was born and raised in the Piedmont area of rural Virginia. Identified as a musician by his family and community at the age of 12, he was selected to be the church’s pianist. After college, he moved to New York in the early 1970’s, and began his association with the fertile and revolutionary “loft scene” of underground jazz, collaborating with such musicians as David S. Ware, Marc Edwards, and William Parker. An accomplished composer and a piano player of great intensity, Cooper-Moore became disillusioned by some of his experiences as a working artist. In 1981, when he quit public performance, his exit was as dramatic and intense as his piano playing had been. He pushed this piano out of his apartment, burned its wood, took a sledgehammer to the cast-iron parts, and put the pieces and ashes into barrels to be carted away by the garbage collectors.
The creative music world had, temporarily, been deprived of a unique and vital talent. But Cooper-Moore dedicated himself to working with children, and he developed a method for teaching curriculum to 3 to 5 year-olds through music. He published this approach and was funded by Head Start to travel the country, training teachers in his methods. Over the years, his community work has extended to activities with the differently-abled, the incarcerated, and the underserved, not only implementing his music curriculum, but also affecting them with his passion and understanding of personal and community growth through creative work. (In 2006 and 2008, Cooper-Moore came to Houston to work with children in Nameless Sound’s workshops, and to train Nameless Sound’s staff in his methods. It had an immeasurable and lasting impact on our own approach to working with young people.)

In the late 1980s Cooper-Moore returned to public performance and composition, first as a composer for theater and dance and also as a storyteller, before again getting involved in New York’s free-jazz scene. When he was re-discovered by a new generation of music fans in the 1990’s, his unique array of talents were a revelation. He is a Renaissance man whose performances encompass wide-ranging explorations on hand-made instruments, honest and insightful storytelling, and intensely virtuosic piano playing. Cooper-Moore is the quintessential “unsung hero." He is an artist whose music embodies the urgency of the moment, and whose voice delivers plainspoken truth with unwavering intensity. His dedication and commitment are equally heard and felt, both in the community and on the stage.

(Cooper-Moore will be in Houston also to receive Nameless Sound’s Resounding Vision Award. The Resounding Vision Award honors musicians whose efforts transcend aesthetics and resonate beyond the performance venue. It honors artists who pursue a vision of progress in our communities.)