Myra Melford: Fire & Water Quintet
Myra Melford’s Fire and Water Quintet
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Myra Melford’s Fire and Water Quintet

NOV 3-6 | NEW PROJECTS & PREMIERES

Nov 05 - Nov 06, 2022
Joe Henderson Lab
SatNov 5
7:00 PM

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SatNov 5
8:30 PM

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SunNov 6
6:00 PM

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SunNov 6
7:30 PM

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From the texts of Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano to canvases of Sacramento painter Don Reich to the cuisine of Oakland chef Paul Canales, visionary pianist Myra Melford has drawn inspiration from a far-flung array of sources.

Her new supergroup Fire and Water, which brings together an extraordinary array of women who are all composers and bandleaders in their own right, reflects Melford’s deep engagement with the mysteriously poetical paintings of the late Cy Twombly (1928–2011). Featuring guitarist and MacArthur Fellow Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, cellist Tomeka Reid, and drummer Susie Ibarra, the quintet is as protean and unpredictable as its name suggests. The band’s new album, For the Love of Fire and Water, takes its name from a series of Twombly paintings that combine his trademark color fields, kinetic scribbles and calligraphic texts.

A longtime professor of music and improvisation at UC Berkeley, Melford is known for gathering singular improvisers into evocatively titled bands. Fire and Water first came together for a sold-out June 2019 performance at The Stone, where “the chemistry was evident right from the first note,” Melford said.

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Melford is known for gathering singular improvisers into evocatively titled bands. Fire and Water first came together for a sold-out June 2019 performance at The Stone, where “the chemistry was evident right from the first note,” Melford said.

Myra Melford is one of the most interesting and underrated pianists in jazz today. Her work is both ambitious and accessible, full of bright, intense rhythms and complex harmonies.

The Wall Street Journal

Myra Melford is one of the most interesting and underrated pianists in jazz today. Her work is both ambitious and accessible, full of bright, intense rhythms and complex harmonies.

The Wall Street Journal

Personnel

Myra Melford piano
Ingrid Laubrock tenor and soprano saxophones
Mary Halvorson guitar
Tomeka Reid cello
Leslie Mok drums

Myra Melford is a master in the art of wringing sound out of color and line. An insatiably inventive pianist and composer, she has always found sustenance in modern art

WBGO

Personnel

Myra Melford piano
Ingrid Laubrock tenor and soprano saxophones
Mary Halvorson guitar
Tomeka Reid cello
Leslie Mok drums

Myra Melford is a master in the art of wringing sound out of color and line. An insatiably inventive pianist and composer, she has always found sustenance in modern art

WBGO

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