Myra Melford

Bio

For pianist, composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford, the personal and the poetic have always been intimately and deeply connected. Raised outside Chicago in a house designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Melford grew up literally surrounded by art. Where most of us find the beauty in our childhood homes through the memories and associations we make within its four walls, Melford saw early on that aesthetic expression could both be built from and be a structure for profound emotions.

Over the course of a career spanning more than two decades, Melford has taken that lesson to heart, crafting a singular sound world that harmonizes the intricate and the expressive, the meditative and the assertive, the cerebral and the playful. Drawing inspiration from a vast spectrum of cultural and spiritual traditions and artistic disciplines, she has found a “spark of recognition” in sources as diverse as the writings of the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi and the Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano; the wisdom of Zen Buddhism and the Huichol Indians of Mexico; and the music of mentors like Jaki Byard, Don Pullen, and Henry Threadgill.

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2015 Fully Altered Media APAP & Winter Jazz Fest Showcase Information
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Full 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup Announced
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Pianist Myra Melford Celebrates the Release of “Life Carries Me This Way” with a Solo Concert at Greenwich House Music School, October 27
Melford is an explosive player a virtuoso who shocks and soothes and who can make the piano stand up and do things it doesn t[...]

Pianist, Composer, Musical Visionary MYRA MELFORD Melford Release First Solo Piano Recording Life Carries Me This Way Avialable on Vinyl and Compact Disc On Firehouse 12 Records October 22, 2013
Pianist composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford realizes two long-cherished dreams on her beautiful new release Life Carries Me This Way Firehouse The album is[...]

Steven Lugerner Releases Double Album, Plays Brooklyn & Bay Area Shows
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January Chris Parrello Things I Wonder Stray Dog Music January Chris Parrello guitars compositions Karlie Bruce vocals lyrics Ian Young saxophones Kevin Thomas bass Aviv[...]

Allison Miller's BOOM TIC BOOM Tours East Coast March 21-27, 2010
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Drummer Allison Miller Releases 2nd Album, BOOM TIC BOOM March 23rd
Drummer Allison Miller Releases Second Solo Leader CD BOOM TIC BOOM Performing Music Composed For and Inspired by Important Women in the Drummer Composer s[...]

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Tour Dates

Oct 12 –  Kuumbwa – Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 13 – Freight & Salvage – Berkeley, CA
Oct 14 – Redwood Jazz Alliance – Arcata, CA (concert)
Oct 15  Redwood Jazz Alliance (public workshop)
Oct 16 – Outpost –  Albuquerque, NM
Oct 17 – Blue Whale – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 18 – Ear Shot Jazz Festival – Seattle, WA

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