Myra Melford Interview

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 1:30pm
Myra Melford in floral shirt, leaning on piano.

Join Sparkle Motion on Tuesday, November 1st @ 1:30PM when she hosts pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator, Myra Melford, for a live in-studio interview ahead of her SFJAZZ performance with the Fire & Water quintet on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th.

A longtime professor of music and improvisation at UC Berkeley, Melford is known for gathering singular improvisers into evocatively titled bands.

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 Lesley Mok, 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.

Photo: Bryan Murray