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Venue:
St. Mark's Church1625 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free General Admission / $10 Church Sanctuary seating (limit: 30)
Friday, January 28, 2011 - 8:00pm

Amina Claudine Myers

Amina Claudine Myers, 1937 Aeolian-Skinner organ Opus 948

“A virtuoso pianist and organist whose work is presented internationally and appears on scores of recordings, Myers draws upon her backgrounds in classical music and the music of the black church of her native rural South to create a recombinant sensibility within improvisation-imbued extended compositions. Her work is insistently post-genre at a moment when reinscriptive collage pretends to postmodern transgression.” – George Lewis, author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music

Ars Nova Workshop is excited to announce a solo pipe organ concert by first-wave AACM member Amina Claudine Myers.  For this very special performance at St. Mark’s Church, Myers will be playing the 1937 Aeolian-Skinner organ Opus 948 built by American organ innovator G. Donald Harrison.  For this event, ANW is offering two ticket options: free general admission or $10 for the sanctuary, which seats 30 people.

Amina Claudine Myers has proven to be adept in the creative musical arts. She is well known for her works involving voice choirs, voice and instrumental ensembles and performances in various formations.  Her music career began in her pre-teens assisting in church choirs as vocalist, pianist and organist, and later serving as choir director in her home state of Arkansas. She studied concert music at Philander College in Little Rock, completing her studies with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education.  After moving to Chicago in the 1960s Myers taught in the public school system for six years, attended Roosevelt University, and became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1966. In Chicago she first began composing music for voice and in 1975 organized her very first choir. Throughout her musical career, which includes nine recordings as a group leader - the most recent being 2009’s Augmented Variations-, she  has worked with Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden´s Liberation Orchestra, James Blood Ulmer, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Frank Lowe, Lester Bowie and Bill Laswell.