Upcoming Jazz in the Target Atrium events:
About This Concert:
A master pianist, improviser and composer in her own right, Myra Melford is at once fearless and joyous, earthy and soaring. All her technique, expression and adventure will ring out in this rare solo performance.
- Myra Melford, piano
- Raised outside Chicago in a house designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Melford grew up literally surrounded by art.
- 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.
- In 2006, the Walker Art Center premiered Melford’s Knock on the Sky, a piece inspired by Albert Camus’ essay The Myth of Sisyphus and Kobo Abe’s novel Woman in the Dunes, in which Melford collaborated with New York City–based choreographer/dancer Dawn Akemi Saito and Austrian architect Michael Haberz.
- One of Melford’s ensembles, Snowy Egret, includes a familiar face to Jazz in the Target Atrium audiences: composer and trumpeter, Ron Miles.
- A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and 2000 Fulbright scholarship recipient, Melford spent a year in North India immersing herself in the region’s classical, devotional and folk music.
- Honored as a risk-taker, Melford won the Alpert Awards in the Arts for Music in 2012 and the Doris Duke Performing Artists Award in 2013.
- The Observer (UK) notes, “Melford [has] reconnected music to motion, leaving today’s straight-laced young men in suits—who have dominated recent jazz—in her wake.”
- This program is part of the Minnesota Orchestra’s season-long exploration and celebration of American music.
Please note: The Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.