They Who Sound

Lawndale Art Center


They, Who Sound
Presented in collaboration with Nameless Sound
Experimental sound making, improvised music, noises,
 the sounding of art, and the performance of art and…
Different Artists and Performers
Every Monday at Lawndale
Two distinct sets each night
7:30 – 9:30 PM
Doors open at 7 PM
Free Admission. Donations to T, WS welcome.
Sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Jawwaad Taylor & David Dove/Ryan Edwards/Jason Jackson/Gabriel Martinez/
Ivette Roman-Roberto/Stalona Villarreal
Jawwaad Taylor (Houston) – Trumpet, Electronics, Voice/MC
David Dove (Houston) – Trombone
Ryan Edwards (Houston) – Guitar
Jason Jackson (Houston) – Saxophone
Gabriel Martinez (Houston) – Prepared electric bass, Objects, Electronics
Ivette Roman-Roberto (Houston) – Voice
Stalina Villarreal (Houston) – Voice, Text
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Poster Designed by Gabriel Martinez
Lawndale is thrilled to partner with Nameless Sound to bring They, Who Sound to Lawndale’s galleries every Monday beginning February 5, 2018. Organized by David Dove for nearly a decade, They, Who Sound is an important platform for Houston’s diverse, vibrant, and totally unique experimental music scene. Through this partnership, it is our hope that They, Who Sound will continue to be a meeting place for Houston listeners and experimental musicians, in addition to serving as a lab for new developments. They, Who Sound will continue to engage recognized national and international artists to share the stage with vital regional and local talent. For Lawndale, this partnership represents something of a return to the organization’s roots. Lawndale’s original location in Houston’s East End in the 1980’s was the site for some of the most memorable experimental music and underground rock events in Houston. Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Cecil Taylor, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago all performed there, as did Black Flag, The Minutemen, and The Replacements.
If you would like to receive regular emails for these weekly concerts, please email and put “TWS” in the subject line.
March Public Programs
Raw Ceramic Workshop with Michelle Matthews
Sunday, March 4, 2018
1 – 3 PM
$5 – Lawndale Members
$10 – Non-members
Michelle Matthews, Sculpted (Installation view), 2018
Join Lawndale and ceramicist Michelle Matthews on Sunday, March 4 from 1-3 PM for our Raw Ceramic Workshop inspired by the works in Matthews’ Sculpted exhibition on view in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden. In this artist-led workshop, participants will create raw clay vessels while exploring ancient clay techniques.
This workshop is $5 for Lawndale Members and $10 for non-members. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Click here to purchase tickets and reserve your seats today. Seating is limited (20). Join the event on Facebook!
Conversation with Daniela Antelo and Georganne Boardman
Sunday, March 11, 2018
1 – 3 PM


Daniela Antelo, Interaction and Intersections on Language (Installation view), 2018


Join Lawndale Sunday, March 11 from 1 – 3 PM for a conversation with Intersections and Interactions on Language artist Daniela Antelo and writer Georgeanne Boardman. In this conversation, Antelo and Boardman will discuss Antelo’s exhibition, alternative forms of communication, and cross-cultural experiences.


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SPEAKEASY feat. Jamire Williams 
Friday, March 23, 2018
8 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Free Admission


Image courtesy of the artist


Playing with concepts established on his recent solo album, ///// EFFECTUAL, Williams will explore how spirituality and abstraction are made manifest through the nuanced sounds made on his drum set.
Jamire Williams is a world-renown musician and visual artist who has grown to sincerely feel that his purpose is to meld these mediums together in an organic, seamless fashion. A graduate of Houston’s acclaimed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Williams received his BFA from The New School in New York City in 2006. Since then he has grown into one of the leading voices of his generation performing and collaborating with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Solange, Madlib, Christian Scott, and Chassol. He has also begun to journey into more conceptual spaces with abstract painting and curated installations. In 2012, he received the Harlem Stage Fund For New Work grant and was also an integral contributor to Jason Moran’s BLEED exhibition at the Whitney Biennial. Williams released a solo concept record entitled ///// EFFECTUAL in 2016 where he explores the dimensions of the drum set in acoustic and electronic capacities accompanied by his personal paintings. “Jamire Williams shows himself to be an inspired crafter of sound, capable of building entire worlds from just his drum hits.”
– Pitchfork
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Conversation with Jamal Cyrus x Jamire Williams
Sunday, March 25, 2018
2 PM
Horton Gallery


Jamal Cyrus x Jamire Williams, Boogaloo & The Midnite Hours (Installation view), 2018


Join Lawndale Sunday, March 25 at 2 PM for a conversation with Jamal Cyrus and Jamire Williams on the last day Boogaloo & The Midnite Hours will be on view. During this conversation, Cyrus and Williams will discuss the creative origins of their exhibition and how the exhibit relates to each of their respective practices.


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Exhibitions Currently On View 
Between Love & Madness: Mexican Comic Art from the 1970s
Organized by Christopher Sperandio in collaboration with students from Practical Curation,
Rice University
January 18 – March 25, 2018
O’Quinn Gallery
Wildly popular in Mexico, the art of micro-cuentos, or “mini-tales,” are little known internationally. Beginning in the 1960s and continuing through the mid-seventies, these idiosyncratic Mexican comic books, measuring three by four and a half inches, present genre stories that carry subtle political critique. Between Love & Madness is comprised of approximately 380 works, including original interior art, original painted cover art, and ephemera.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with new scholarship on the history of Mexican comics. It is available at the gallery in conjunction with Augusto Mora’s English translation of the comic book Where Are They Taking Us To?.

Augusto Mora:

¿A Dónde Nos Llevan? (Where Are They Taking Us To?)
January 18 – March 25, 2018
Cavnar Gallery


Where Are They Taking Us To? is an exhibition based on the eponymously titled graphic novel by Augusto Mora, a comic artist based in Mexico City. Where Are They Taking Us To? attempts to provide the reader with a timeline and framework for understanding the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 43 students of Ayotzinapa’s Teacher Training College in Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014, and the subsequent demonstrations worldwide that demanded justice for the victims and their families.
Jamal Cyrus x Jamire Williams: Boogaloo & The Midnite Hours
February 9 – March 25, 2018
Horton Gallery
Essay by Charrisse Weston


Taking as its starting point the phenomena of percussive “rudiments” and, in particular, a drum pattern known as the “Boogaloo,” in this exhibition, Jamire Williams and Jamal Cyrus artistically mine the most generative phases of Black musical evolution. Born out of the convergences between Africa and the Americas, the Boogaloo is a diasporic rhythm, speaking to multiple origins and ways of being. Pulling from their respective disciplines of the visual arts and sound, Cyrus and Williams delve into graphic, sculptural, and sonic possibilities inherent within the tradition of Black music, mixing aspects of the past, present, and future into their recombinant formulas.

Daniela Antelo:

Intersections and Interactions on Language
February 9 – March 25, 2018
Project Space
Essay by Georganne Boardman
Intersections and Interactions on Language is a performance-based video work documenting nine separate interactions between the artist and nine strangers. Documented over a five-month period in 2017, the work examines the ways that communication can be forged when there is no common language to rely upon. The exhibition is accompanied by documentation unique to each of the nine interactions.

Michelle Matthews:



February 9 – March 25, 2018
Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden
Essay by Perry A. Price
Using traditional methods such as a hand-formed clay coils and carving techniques, ceramic artist Michelle Matthews constructs intuitive forms that balance formal integrity and chance. For this site-specific installation, Matthews creates a large-scale, interactive work comprised of nine clay-based sculptures that will be subject to the natural effects of Houston’s environment for the duration of the exhibition.
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