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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.


   
Sound Observations
concert series featuring
Michael Pisaro at the James Turrell Skyspace

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
 
Sound Observations
concert series featuring
Charles Curtis
at
the Rothko Chapel


Thursday, April 24th, 2014



Dos (San Pedro, California)

Kira + Mike Watt


Saturday, May 17th 2014



co-presented with Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and Rice Public Art


co-presented with the Rothko Chapel




co-presented with Girls Rock Camp Houston



curtis




DOS

Rice University's
James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
located adjacent to the SHEPHERD SCHOOL OF MUSIC
6100 MAIN ST, HOUSTON TX 77005


9PM
NOTE NEW START TIME!!

FREE

Michael Pisaro (Los Angeles): electric guitar, noise, sine tones

This concert is part of an ongoing, Nameless Sound concert series entitled "Sound Observations."

Rothko Chapel
3900 YUPON ST, HOUSTON TX 77006



7PM

FREE

Charles Curtis (San Diego): cello




This concert is part of an ongoing, Nameless Sound concert series entitled "Sound Observations."




14 Pews
800 AURORA STREET, HOUSTON TX 77009



8PM

$13 general / $10 student / under 18 FREE

Kira - electric bass, vocals
Mike Watt - electric bass, vocals




SPECIAL EVENT
Dine with Dos- Friday May 16th, 2014


THOUGHTS FROM A NAMELESS SOUND PARENT






ONGOING
Nameless Sound in communities



PAST CONCERTS

ANTHOLOGY MEDITATIONS
/FEB. 15TH
ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE/FEB. 21ST
BOBBY BRADFORD QUARTET/MARCH 25TH






Creative Music Classes
and Workshops





Konk Pack at Milby High School October 2013 Konk Pack conducts a workshop at Milby High School October 2013







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"Parents of kids with special needs carry hope around like nomadic people of old carried around fire. We are always looking for outlets for our children's creativity, outlets that are inclusive and nurturing, that allow for growth to their full potentials. This organization is truly one of those outlets."

-Garry Reece, parent of a Nameless Sound student.

Read the rest of his letter here.












Youth & Special Needs Classes

at MECA, 1900 Kane St., Houston, TX [map]

Nameless Sound's Ensembles at MECA are open to all and unite a diverse range of young people from throughout Houston.

Spring classes begin January 6th, but participants may
enroll at any time!

See Youth Ensemble page for class descriptions and times.

Nameless Sound in the Communities
Each week, Nameless Sound's Creative Music Workshops serve over one hundred young people in homeless shelters, refugee programs, public schools, and community centers. Classes often feature hands-on workshops by visiting artists, some of the most innovative and pioneering musical thinkers in the world. If you would like to host a workshop in your community, please contact us!



Paula Anicente performing "Kitchen Symphony" at DiverseWorks, Feb. 15th.

EHE

Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble featuring Hamiet Bluiett at MECA, Feb. 21




Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.

 

For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making.

 

The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert.

 

Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues.   Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.
The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert. Haino opens this three-night festival on Monday, October 7th with a solo concert at a venue still to be announced.
For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making. On Tuesday, October 8th, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set during the programmed LED light sequence of James Turrell's 'Twilight Epiphany' Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, immediately followed by the opening reception for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958-2013' at the Rice Media Center.
Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues. The two artists make their North American debut as a duo on Wednesday, October 9th at the Rice Media Center.Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.
The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert. Haino opens this three-night festival on Monday, October 7th with a solo concert at a venue still to be announced.
For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making. On Tuesday, October 8th, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set during the programmed LED light sequence of James Turrell's 'Twilight Epiphany' Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, immediately followed by the opening reception for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958-2013' at the Rice Media Center.
Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues. The two artists make their North American debut as a duo on Wednesday, October 9th at the Rice Media Center.Two of creative music's most iconic and monumental voices join forces in a North American debut.
The inscrutable Keiji Haino (b. 1952, Chiba, Japan) is both an improvising instrumentalist and a singer-songwriter who uses volume, distortion, and theatricality in the extreme to manifest a uniquely personal vision of what music can be. Appealing to fans of rock, improvisation, damaged blues, psychedelia, minimalism, and drone music, Haino's protean output is enhanced by a distinctive personal mystique: he is never seen without black clothes and sunglasses, and his live performances are among the most unpredictable in modern music. Haino began his career in the early 1970s, when he collaborated with psychedelic multi-instrumentalist Magical Power Mako and film composer Toru Takemitsu. By the end of that decade, he formed Fushitsusha, the group that could arguably be the definitive improvising power trio. Though he has performed on a remarkable (and unpredictable) range of instruments, he is known for a consistent and singularly cathartic embodiment of sound exploration. As an electric guitarist, he has created some of the most physical and earth-shattering monuments of sound ever produced on the instrument. As a vocalist, Haino goes deep into his self, communicating the ecstasy and anguish of an inner-world. His Texas debut in 2007 featured a show in which he performed exclusively on gamelan and other percussion instruments, followed by a howling electric guitar concert. Haino opens this three-night festival on Monday, October 7th with a solo concert at a venue still to be announced.
For over forty years, the groundbreaking German multi-reedist Peter Brötzmann (b. 1941, Remscheid, Germany) has peeled the paint off concert halls with his massive tone, rough timbre, and relentless attack. Broötzmann studied painting at the Art Academy of Wuppertal in the late 1950s and soon began associating with Fluxus artists including Joseph Beuys and Nam-June Paik. By 1968 he had refocused his creative efforts on music and with an eight-piece group, recorded and self-issued Machine Gun, an incendiary LP that documented the leading voices of the burgeoning European free jazz revolution. In the decades since, Brotzmann has released over fifty albums as a leader while rampaging his way around the globe, taking on such fellow travelers as Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Bill Laswell, William Parker, Joe McPhee, and countless others, and maintaining an extremely physical and expressionistic approach to music making. On Tuesday, October 8th, Brötzmann will perform a free solo set during the programmed LED light sequence of James Turrell's 'Twilight Epiphany' Skyspace at the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, immediately followed by the opening reception for 'Peter Brötzmann: Graphic, Design Work 1958-2013' at the Rice Media Center.
Haino and Brotzmann's musical partnership dates back to April 1996 when a Japanese tour yielded the CD 'Evolving Blush or Driving Original Sin.'  Their collaboration was further developed during a handful of subsequent engagements including the 2008 Berlin JazzFest and an appearance at London's Cafe Oto in 2011. They share an uncompromising individualism, and a reputation for extreme and powerful expressions. But a more in depth exploration of both artists reveals music with a more vulnerable and lyrical core, music with roots in the blues. The two artists make their North American debut as a duo on Wednesday, October 9th at the Rice Media Center.