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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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Nameless Sound presents:
The Resounding Vision Awards
honoring Roscoe Mitchell and Susie and Sanford Criner

Resounding Vision Awards 2013 

Thursday, March 28, 2013, 6:30pm
Historic Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin, Houston [map]

music by Curley Cormier and the Gladiators
(house band of the famous Silver Slipper)
auction of art and objects
food courtesy Liberty Kitchen
beer courtesy Buffalo Bayou Brewery
wine courtesy Della Terra and Tenuta Sant'Antonio

$200 individual tickets
$400 pair of tickets
$1500 Sponsors: six tickets plus recognition in program, signage, and website
$2500 Benefactors: eight tickets plus recognition in program, signage, and website
$5000 Avant Garde: ten tickets plus recognition in program, signage, and website
$10000 Visionary: ten tickets plus recognition as above and opportunity to speak at the event

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founding member of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), Roscoe Mitchell’s commitment to self-determination, empowerment and collective action is strongly tied to his history with that crucial organization. The AACM was not only a landmark for musician-run collectives in the 1960’s; it was also the breeding ground for many of the most important musician/composers of that era. Roscoe Mitchell is no exception. He is a key figure in a 2nd wave of jazz avant-gardists who saw themselves as composers, just as much as they were improvisers. Balancing these two critical poles, this generation challenged the stereotypes and prescribed roles of the “jazz musician”. The AACM catalyzed a critical re-assessment of identity, backed up with highly advanced aesthetics and sophisticated explorations of compositional processes. This avant garde expanded the music beyond the ecstasies and expressionism of their “post-bop” and “free jazz” predecessors. Greats like Ellington and Mingus made a point to reject the constraints coded into the term “jazz”. The composers/musicians of the AACM fully embodied a commitment to this vision. The plurality of their ethos was expressed in the motto of the AACM’s most well known group (The Art Ensemble of Chicago, co-founded by Mitchell) who called their work “Great Black Music, from the Ancient to the Future”. Equally important (and entirely connected) to the AACM’s aesthetic and organizational innovations, was its location. In shifting the focus of the cutting edge from New York City to Chicago, the AACM, the Art Ensemble, Mitchell, and his colleagues started a critical decentralization of the cutting edge. No longer was the pulse of the avant garde only to be found in New York.
     It’s for all of these reasons (and his amazing music itself) that Nameless Sound feels so much resonance with the work of Roscoe Mitchell. The seeds he helped to sow and the persistence by which he has lived out his commitment exemplify everything that we hope to represent. In the new century, he’s been revered as one of the music’s most articulate elder statesmen, holding prestigious teaching posts at the University of Wisconsin and Mills College, and serving as a beacon for a new generation of creative musicians. “I think music should relate to life,” says Mitchell. “It should be brought back into schools, back into communities, so that people can have exposure to the very rich and meaningful possibilities available.”

The Community Vision Award is presented to Houstonians Susie and Sanford Criner, art champions and music lovers. Susie and Sanford Criner began their professional involvement in music in 1979 with the transformation of the Heights Bank Building into the much-loved Rockefeller’s night club, for which they received the Texas Society of Architects Honor Award for Historical Redevelopment. Susie is renowned for
her expertise in the music business, having founded and operated Gulf Coast Entertainment since 1985. Since that time, she has provided unique entertainment to private and corporate affairs in Houston and across the country. She has served on the boards of The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Stages Repertory Theatre, FotoFest, and the UT Press, among others, and has been honored by FreshArts and
Diverse Works. David Dove, Founding Director, Nameless Sound

I'm most gratified to hear that Roscoe Mitchell has been honored with the Resounding Vision Award.  Mitchell is one of the most significant musical artists of the past thirty years.  As a composer, his work evinces a personal approach that exudes ingenuity and originality at every turn.  As an improvisor, the urgency and great range of expression embodied in his easily recognizable voice on each of the seemingly endless array of instruments he has mastered seems to somehow transcend conventional notions of the character of instrumental timbre.  Mitchell is an artist who can be regarded as a prime founder of a field, or an aesthetic--a defining artist who is still pointing the way for others.  The astonishing diversity of his explorations, where no two recordings seem to employ the same instrumentation or the same structural concepts, points to an amazing fecundity that seems to flow without end.  He is a genre-busting artist who continues to confound stereotyped notions concerning the possibilities of vernacular expression.
George E. Lewis, author of A Power Stronger Than Itself:  The AACM and American Experimental Music