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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.


   
Kaffe Matthews

East End Bicylcle Opera

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

 
ONGOING
Nameless Sound in communities
 
PAST CONCERTS             
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presented by Nameless Sound, Ripley House Neighborhood Center, and the Bicrophonic Research Institute.


Creative Music Classes
and Workshops



DineDos


DiverseWorks
Ripley House Neighborhood Center
4410 NAVIGATION STREET, HOUSTON TX 77011


Celebratory unveiling on Saturday, September 27 at 11AM.

Navigate a sonic experience as you travel on two wheels through the East End.  Nameless Sound and British sound artist Kaffe Matthews collaborate with East End residents, writers, musicians, children, programmers, builders and technicians to create an East End Bicycle Opera on Matthew’s Bicrophonic Sonic Bicycles. Sonic Bicycles are bicycles equipped with speakers that react to GPS coordinates. Cyclists create a sonic composition that will change depending on where they go and how fast they pedal. Hidden sounds will seduce the cyclist to ride faster, slower, stop, spin in circles, cruise paths seeking sonic treasures, or pause in the shadows to find quiet spots for listening. Bicycles will be available for public use indefinitely at Ripley House.

this supported by the Houston Arts Alliance's Transported and Renewed project grant and is made possible by the generous technical support from Vampire Squid Labs.












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.

Fall classes begin September 3rd, 2014, 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!

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Season
PETER BROTZMANN + KEIJI HAINO/OCT. 7TH, 8TH, 9TH.
PETER BROTZMANN AT THE HILL/OCT. 12
KONK PACK/OCT. 15
ANTHOLOGY MEDITATIONS/FEB. 15TH

ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE/FEB. 21ST
BOBBY BRADFORD QUARTET/MARCH 25TH
SOUND OBSERVATIONS: MICHAEL PISARO/APRIL 22ND
SOUND OBSERVATIONS: CHARLES CURTIS/APRIL 24TH
DOS (KIRA + MIKE WATT)/May 17TH

THOUGHTS FROM A NAMELESS SOUND PARENT







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.







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.