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was established in 2001 to present the best of international
contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in
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.
"Patron saints aren't supposed to sound quite so fresh or alive --
but then this guy's been breaking rules for decades."
Nameless Sound and Project Row Houses present:
Roscoe Mitchell Quartet
courtesy ECM Records
Friday, March 29, 2013, 8pm
The Historic Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin, Houston [map]
Roscoe Mitchell (Oakland): saxophones and flutes
Hugh Ragin (Denver): trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn
Jaribu Shahid (Detroit): bass
Tani Tabbal (Woodstock): drums
general admission | $10 with student i.d. | 18 and under, free!
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Roscoe Mitchell's Nameless Sound residency culminates in a performance by his longstanding Quartet.
Throughout his career, saxophonist Roscoe
Mitchell (b. 1940, Chicago) has been a leading voice in the
fields of contemporary composition and improvised music. He is a
founding member of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of
Creative Musicians and of its flagship group, the Art Ensemble of
Chicago, has composed for small combos, orchestras, and string
ensembles, and has conveyed his lifetime of knowledge to a new
generation of musicians as an educator at University of Wisconsin in
Madison and at Mills College in Oakland.
Trumpeter Hugh Ragin (b. 1951,
Houston) was raised in Houston, played in the all-city orchestra, and
studied at U of H before establishing himself as the trumpeter of
choice for Mitchell and David Murray. A true "musician's musician,"
he's admired for his imagination, clear tone, and harmonic daring.
Bassist Jaribu Shahid (b. 1955, Detroit) and drummer Tani Tabbal
have also worked together as the sympatico rhythm section for Faruq Z.
Bey in Detroit and for Sun Ra in Philadelphia.
Shahid took the place
of Malachai Favors in the Art Ensemble of Chicago with the great
bassist's passing, and Tabbal has worked with James Carter, Cassandra
Wilson, and Geri Allen, as well as with Evan Parker in his
Transatlantic Art Ensemble.
This longstanding quartet, formed in the crucible of Detroit's Creative Arts Collective, recorded several albums in the
1980s and 1990s including 3x4Eye, Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancing Shoes, and Live at the Knitting Factory augmented by guitarist Spencer Barefiled and billed as the Sound Ensemble. The All Music Guide's
Brian Olewick writes that the Sound Ensemble is "the perfect foil for
Mitchell's compositions, able to handle the most abstract ideas as well
as the down and dirty, funky ones."
co-presented with Project Row Houses