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Myra Melford Plans NYC Residency March 24-29

Will reunite several past ensembles

Myra Melford
Myra Melford

Pianist and composer Myra Melford will present a career retrospective at The Stone in New York’s Lower East Side March 24-29. Melford-who now lives in Berkeley, Calif., and is a professor of music at UC Berkeley-will revisit some of her former projects from her 20-plus years living in New York. Throughout the week, according to a press release, “Melford is enlisting many former NY peers and newer ‘top-shelf’ improvisers and collaborators to play her music: Matt Wilson, Dave Douglas, Allison Miller, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Erik Friedlander, Cuong Vu, Chris Speed, Marty Ehrlich, Nicole Mitchell, Ben Goldberg and others.”

On March 24, Melford will release Snowy Egret, by her new ensemble of the same name with Ron Miles (cornet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) and Ted Poor subbing for Sorey (drums), who will appear earlier in the week in a trio with Melford and Nicole Mitchell.

Myra Melford’s Residency at The Stone NYC

3/24 Tuesday

8 pm

Allison Miller and Myra Melford

Allison Miller (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm

Spindrift for Leroy Jenkins

Nicole Mitchell (flutes) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/25 Wednesday

8 pm


Ben Goldberg (clarinets) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm

Miya Masaoka, Mary Halvorson, Myra Melford

Miya Masaoka (koto) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Myra Melford (piano)

3/26 Thursday

8 pm

Crush Quartet

Cuong Vu (trumpet) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Kenny Wollesen (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm

Be Bread Sextet

Cuong Vu (trumpet) Ben Goldberg (clarinets) Brandon Ross (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Matt Wilson (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/27 Friday

8 and 10 pm

The Same River, Twice

Dave Douglas (trumpet) Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet) Erik Friedlander (cello) Michael Sarin (drums) Myra Melford (piano)


3/28 Saturday

8 and 10 pm

Snowy Egret

Ron Miles (cornet) Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) Ted Poor (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

3/29 Sunday

8 pm

Marty Ehrlich and Myra Melford

Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Myra Melford (piano)

10 pm

Myra Melford Trio

Lindsey Horner (bass) Reggie Nicholson (drums) Myra Melford (piano)

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