A republic of spaces

A republic of spaces

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Air hoses, cardboard, cell phone vibrators, egg beaters and styrofoam are amongst the tools of the trade for our Aaron Cassidy commission/premiere. He'll be around for some music-making as well, plus solos by Chiyoko Szlavnics, Weston Olencki and Steve Reich.

program:

Richard Barrett codex XIV (2014)

Aaron Cassidy A republic of spaces (2018, world premiere)

I, for example, … (2017)

Weston Olencki for xylophone (2018, world premiere)

Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint (1987)

Chiyoko Szlavnics Her Teeth Were White (1999)

The city wears a slouch hat

The city wears a slouch hat

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Before 4’33” or indeterminacy, John Cage forged the early identity of percussion music with wildly imaginative and complex creations. He stated that “Percussion music is revolution. Sound and rhythm have too long been submissive to the restrictions of 19th century music.” He was right, he changed that, and we as percussionists are grateful.


Program:

First Construction (in metal) (1939)

But what about the noise of crumpling paper… (1985)

The city wears a slouch hat (1942)


With special guests Thad AndersonThomas BurrittJohn Lane and the Rude Mechs

Good reading: The story of John Cage’s The city wears a slouch hat by James Pritchett

TICKETS

line upon line composer festival + course

line upon line composer festival + course

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A brand new festival for which we invite eight composers to Austin for a week to perform, work with faculty [Steve Snowden and Laura Steenberge (who will also perform!)] and write new works that we'll premiere at the closing concert. Daily lunchtime talks will be open to the public.

*This festival is made possible by a generous grant from the Rea Charitable Trust.

Decay

Decay

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An evening-filling project, including film and pre-recorded vinyl, by Englishwoman Claudia Molitor (who had us entangle ourselves in ropes the first time she wrote for us). She'll feature in the show as will composer/improviser/field-recordist/trombonist Tullis Rennie.

Fream ad wall

Fream ad wall

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Artificial intelligence, synthetic voices, video projection and bespoke electronic kits imbue two major works (including a commission/premiere) by Costa Rican-born, Vancouver-based composer, Mauricio Pauly.