Amina Claudine Myers (solo piano and pipe organ)
Saturday, September 23
AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS is a composer, pianist, singer, and part of the first generation of the AACM. She has recorded and played with the likes of Archie Shepp, Bill Laswell, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Frank Lowe, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and has performed nationally and internationally throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. Born and raised in Arkansas, Amina began her music career as a preteen and teenager directing church choirs and performing gospel and rhythm and blues. She then studied concert music and music education at Philander Smith College in Little Rock while performing jazz in and around the state. After moving to Chicago in the 1960s, Amina taught in the public school system, attended Roosevelt University, and joined the AACM, where she started composing. In the 1970s, she moved to New York City and began writing pieces for theater, including a number of Off- Broadway productions. Most recently, Amina has been performing original works of jazz, blues, gospel, spirituals, and improvisations for the pipe organ. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is an inductee of the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame and Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.