Amina Claudine Myers Coming to Houston

English: Amina Claudine Myers

Source: Nameless Sound.

at Christ Church Cathedral
1117 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Piano & Voice Concert
in Sanders Hall at Christ Church Cathedral

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Pipe Organ Concert
in the Cathedral at Christ Church Cathedral

Amina Claudine Myers (New York, NY) – piano, voice, pipe organ

The first-wave artists comprising the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) encompassed the breadth of what would later become the organization’s motto: “Great Black Music, From the Ancient to the Future”. The groundbreaking initiative of self-determining musicians was born in 1960’s Chicago, and its early members constituted a vital nexus of musically and geographically diverse histories and futures.

Among these first-wave artists, none expresses their deep roots in Southern African American traditions quite like the virtuosic, versatile and emotionally moving pianist, organist, vocalist and composer Amina Claudine Myers. Born in a small Arkansas town of about 250 and raised in Arkansas and Texas, Myers was only four years old when she began playing the piano. While a teenager, the young prodigy was directing choirs and playing organ in her Dallas area church, while also beginning her studies of European classical piano repertoire. Already an experienced professional when she started college, Myers began making jazz, r&b and gospel gigs while attending Philander Smith in Little Rock. At Philander Smith, she majored in music education, played in a college jazz ensemble and studied classical piano. In 1963, a public school teaching job brought Myers to Chicago. There, she would join the AACM, while also working as accompanist to such jazz greats as Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt.