They, Who Sound
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 – Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
07:30 PM – 09:30 PM
Nameless Sound and Lawndale present . . . .
They, Who Sound
experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .
Different Artists and Performers
Every Monday at Lawndale
Two distinct sets each night
For each Monday’s updated lineup, please visit www.namelesssound.org.
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Doors open at 7 PM
Donations to They, Who Sound welcome.
In 2008, trombone player David Dove organized a short series of concerts as a personal DIY project, independent from his work as Founding Director of Nameless Sound. Held at a mid-town Houston bar, Dove had minimal expectations for They, Who Sound. It was casually organized as an opportunity for friends, colleagues, and various Houston experimental musicians to perform with each other and for each other (and for who ever else happened to show up on a Sunday evening).
On the afternoon of the third concert, Dove and friends arrived to locked doors. The bar had cancelled They, Who Sound without notice
Shortly after this auspicious beginning, the series was moved to Avant-Garden, a Montrose mainstay for diverse crowds and eclectic programming. Under the generous hospitality of owner Mariana Lemesoff (and key bar staff), the weekly series that was meant to last only a few months carried on for 9 years.
In those 9 years They, Who Sound not only became the sounding ground for a growing circle of local and regional experimental musicians. It also developed a reputation outside of Houston, as many well-known international artists would play They, Who Sound for their Houston tour stop, often collaborating with local artists. Sometimes They, Who Sound featured seasoned veterans, immediately following a young artist performing their first ever gig. Conversations after concerts were often as important as the performances themselves, and They, Who Sound became a place where new projects and collaborations were born. Though free improvisation might have been the most typical form of experimental music-making featured, there was plenty of space for jazz, noise, spoken-word, performance art, dance, film and sound art. It wouldn’t be fair to say that Houston didn’t have an active and creative scene of experimental musicians before They, Who Sound. But the scene in Houston does feel different than it did 10 years ago.
In 2018, Nameless Sound officially took on They, Who Sound as a weekly series of concerts in partnership with Lawndale Art Center. For Nameless Sound, it is an opportunity to provide a stage and shed light on Houston’s diverse, vibrant, and totally unique experimental music scene. We hope it will continue to be a meeting place for Houston listeners and experimental musicians, and we expect it to be a lab for new developments. You will continue to hear well-known national and international artists sharing the stage with vital regional and local talent. For Lawndale, it represents something of a return to roots. In the 1980’s, Lawndale’s original location was the site for some of the most memorable experimental music and underground rock events in Houston. Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Cecil Taylor and the Art Ensemble of Chicago all performed there, as did Black Flag, The Minutemen and the Replacements.
So join us at Lawndale, where every Monday you’ll hear two distinct performances of experimental sound-making, improvised music, noises, the sounding of art, the performance of art and . . .
HOURS & ADMISSION
Wednesday - Friday, Noon - 6:00 pm
Saturday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, Noon - 3:00 pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Directions & Parking
- Free Parking
- Street Parking
- Parking is available in the lot behind the building at the corner of Rosedale and Travis. Street parking is available in the neighborhood behind the center. Please observe parking signs.
Events at Lawndale Art Center
Jan. 24 – Jan. 24, 2020
Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness Book Celebration: Roberto Tejada and Special Guests
Feb. 15 – Feb. 15, 2020
The Power of Dreams: Workshop and Discussion with Virginia Lee Montgomery and Rodney Waters
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