Harlem Speaks: Amina Claudine Myers
The multifaceted singer, keyboardist and composer Amina Claudine Myers has created an extraordinary career in music in the realms of musical theater, gospel, jazz, and the avant garde. Born in Arkansas, she moved to Chicago in the 1960s and shortly thereafter began an enduring relationship with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), composing and performing with Muhal Richard Abrams, Archie Shepp, Henry Threadgill, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and countless others. Here she joins host Greg Thomas to trace her remarkable journey through music.
Meet the Artist:
Amina Claudine Myers, pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, actress, and educator performs internationally as a blues, jazz and gospel artist and improviser. She’s well known for her work with voice choirs, voice and instrumental ensembles, including the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) with whom she’s had an enduring artistic relationship. She’s acted and composed music for numerous musical theater productions, and has recorded and/or performed with Archie Shepp, Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, James Blood Ulmer, Lester Bowie, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Rahsaan Roland Kirk and many others. Myers conducts workshops and residencies at universities internationally, and teaches privately in New York City.