Tiger Trio





Tiger Trio

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Mike Resil and SPEDIDAM.


  • Myra Melford, piano
  • Nicole Mitchell, flute
  • Joëlle Léandre, bass

Event Details

Times and dates of performances are subject to change.

The performance is generously sponsored by Mike Resil and SPEDIDAM.

See our Edgefest page for more information about the festival. 

Additional support for Edgefest is made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Myra Melford

Pianist and composer Myra Melford was born and musically trained in Evanston, Ill, living in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. While in college in Washington State, she became interested in jazz and studied with Art Lange and Gary Peacock and encountered progressive players such as Oliver Lake and Anthony Braxton. She moved to New York and eventually began to play with musicians such as Henry Threadgill and Butch Morris. She created a trio with bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Reggie Nicholson that toured extensively and recorded three important albums. In 2000 she visited India on a Fulbright fellowship to study the harmonium and Hindustani classical music in Delhi and Mumbai and upon returning, she formed a new group, the electro-acoustic Be Bread (with trumpeter Cuong Vu, guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Stomu Takeishi and sometime guests). Using music based on her harmonium studies in India, she released two albums, The Image of Your Body and The Whole Tree Gone. Since 2004 she has served as a Professor of Contemporary Improvisation at the University of California, Berkeley.

Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell is a classically trained flutist (she also plays the piccolo and the alto flute) who has developed a highly individual instrumental style while also cultivating her compositional and educational skills. Initially inspired by visionaries such as Eric Dolphy and David Newton, she extended her well-developed classical technique in new directions, concentrating on the more progressive forces in improvised music. With a degree in music from Oberlin, she settled in Chicago and quickly became immersed in the unique new-music scene of that city, joining an all-woman ensemble of the AACM. At first, she was one of the new young faces; eventually, she rose to become the first woman to chair the organization and worked tirelessly at cultivating another generation of artists. Her music celebrates contemporary African American culture; she is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide range of aesthetic expressions. Renowned as one of the top flutists in jazz, she has also garnered an impressive number of compositional commissions. A recipient of many awards, she is currently Professor of Music at the University of California, Irvine.

Joëlle Léandre

French double bass player, composer, writer and painter Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and with Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed works especially for her (she has referred to him as her spiritual father), as have Giacinto Scelsi, Philippe Fénelon, Philippe Hersant, Steve Lacy, José Louis Campana, Betsy Jolas, and many other composers. As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Marilyn Crispell, India Cooke and so many others. She also writes extensively for dance and theater and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances.

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