line upon line employs percussion for fervent, communal experiences that we believe are essential for human beings to thrive. To date, the Austin-based trio has commissioned and premiered fifteen new works, four of which appear on their full-length, self-titled album. The group’s in-house creative project, seeing times are not hidden, won top prize at the 2011 Music in Architecture-Architecture in Music Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin. The work involves over 1000 glass, metal and hardwood chimes suspended from the three arches of Waller Creek Bridge. In April 2013, line upon line gave the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s massive evening-length masterpiece, Erewhon, which enlists the use of nearly 150 percussion instruments. The group’s self-presented concert series, now entering its fourth year, was listed as one of the Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2014 by the Austin Chronicle. Its 2015-2016 opener, soft, received an honorable mention in the most recent version of the award. Lumen, a 2016 collaborative project commissioned by Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, received a specially created Site for Sore Eyes Award by the Austin Critics’ Table "for invigorating collaboration of dance and music in site-specific performance."

 

The trio has twice been named "Best Ensemble" by the Austin Critics' Table and is currently a member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. The Austinist called line upon line “the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South” and the Austin American-Statesman considers the group “a riveting, always-surprising and delightful trio.”

 

line upon line has performed and given educational clinics at colleges and universities in twenty-one different states, in addition to maintaining educational and outreach roles with the Austin Chamber Music Center. In March 2014, the group’s first international tour included six different engagements throughout England, Switzerland and Germany. line upon line has performed at the 2012 and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions and at some of the most well-known music events in Texas including Austin Classical Guitar’s Summer Series, Fusebox Festival, SXSW, Fast Forward Austin, SoundSpace, the Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.

 

Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion consists of its three original members, Adam Bedell, Cullen Faulk and Matthew Teodori. The trio uses Mapex drums, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and Grover Pro Percussion accessories.

 

Core beliefs


   sharing work we love in a welcoming atmosphere
   championing the composer’s craft
   creating and collaborating both intra- and inter- disciplinarily
   pursuing newness and freshness
   sharing experiences and perspectives