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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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"I can't think of an improvising group more explosive than this European
trio ... they bite down hard on whatever they play, confronting even
delicate passages with taut intensity ... these guys keep me pinned to
the wall, happily anticipating the next shock." Chicago Reader

Nameless Sound presents:
Konk Pack

Konk Pack 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 8pm
Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios located at 1824 Spring Street.

Tim Hodgkinson (UK) - lap steel guitar, electronics, saxophone, clarinet
Thomas Lehn  (Germany) - Analogue Synthesizer
Roger Turner (UK) - drums, percussion

$13 general / $10 with student I.D. / Free 18 and under

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The British/German trio Konk Pack handles a gritty, writhing mass of electroacoustic sound/noise with the rare finesse and skill, one would only expect from veterans of the European improv scene.

Puckish and virtuosic, Konk Pack has created a music that is as detailed as it is expansive.  Their work possesses a potent mix of delicate textures interlaced with intermittent explosions of sound. The trio juxtaposes elements of weightlessness and heaviness, silence and clacking noise, to both seduce and terrify listeners. 

Thomas Lehn manipulates his analogue synthesizer with an electrifying, kinetic physicality. His able pianism, most obvious during his live performances, transcends through the patchbay of his vintage synthesizer, where it warps into something both startling and alluring. Born in Cologne, Germany, he studied both jazz and classical piano, and although his interest in electronic music began early on.  

Tim Hodgkinson is well-known amongst North American and European avant-garde audiences as a founding member of the legendary and radical art rock band Henry Cow, with whom he played for a decade. Tim Hodgkinson's musical output is marked by versatility, creativity, and an intense work ethic. His work encompasses improvisation, composition, activism, writing, lecturing, and ethnomusicology. To Konk Pack, he brings a sense of musical precision and instability, elements that have roots in his political and cultural view of music-making.

Both intense and nuanced in his approach, veteran drummer Roger Turner exemplifies the extremes of percussion in contemporary jazz and improvisation. A powerful presence behind the kit, Turner draws audience members in with intricate detail, and then drives them into a foot stomping beat or an irresistible swing groove. Turner’s connections to jazz were established amongst the UK’s 60s Canterbury scene.  He later worked with the ensembles of Elton Dean and Alan Silva, to name a few. The physicality of Turner's performances is not easily forgotten. The strength of his personality projects a natural humor that is well-balanced by his focused intensity. 

Ultimately, these three artists’ talents combine into a thrilling medley of pricks, thumps, and shrieking sound which possesses an unpredictable density and clarity. 

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