How dare we spend so much valuable energy answering such questions as "What is Jazz?".



Front cover of the album FOR THE LOVE OF FIRE AND MUSIC
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“Myra Melford has brought together in this unique quintet five outstanding female musicans. This first album is inspired by Cy Twombly; hopefully it won't be the last one.”

Myra Melford: piano and melodica
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Susie Ibarra: drums and percussion
Ingrid Laubrock: tenor and soprano saxophones
Tomeka Reid: cello

2022 US album release tour:
Friday November 4th, 8:00 pm
Angel City Jazz Festival, LA, CA
Saturday November 5th, 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm
SF Jazz, San Francisco, CA
Sunday November 6th, 6:00 pm & 7:30 pm
SF Jazz, San Francisco, CA
Monday November 7th
, 8:00 pm
Roulette, Brooklyn, NY


Special thanks to Nick Lloyd and the Firehouse 12 crew, the musicians - Mary, Ingrid, Tomeka and Susie; the Mellon Project Grant and the Humanities esearch Fellowship of UC Berkeley; Barbara Achatz and Saudades Tourneen; Matteo Gabutti, the Brandhorst Museum, Nicola Del Roscio and Cy Twombly.

I (7:53)
II (2:11 ) Play III (3:17)
IV (5:21)
V (2:40)
VI (4:26)
VII (6:25)
VIII (2:56)
IX (4:16)
X (4:50)

All compositions by Myra Melford (2019 and 2021), Even the Sounds Shine Publishing, ASCAP

Recorded by Nick Lloyd and Greg DiCrosta on July 20st and 21st 2021 at Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT, USA
Mixing and mastering: Nick Lloyd
Liner notes: Natalie Weiner
Photography: Nicki Chayova
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon
Executive producer: Michel Dorbon


In the world of improvised music, so-called supergroups sometimes feel almost quotidien. After all, there are so many remarkable artists in the space and understandably, they often want to collaborate.
Yet the group that acclaimed pianist and composer Myra Melford has assembled here — with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ingrid Laubrock on soprano and tenor saxophone, Tomeka Reid on cello and Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion — invigorates that tired cliche? with fresh meaning. Each has an impressive catalog as a bandleader and collaborator, and Melford had worked with all of them previously, but never together. The result is a gathering of some of the most compelling improvisers working today.
Natalie Weiner