Series Show #1: Cage | Reich | Xenakis
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Series Show #1: Cage | Reich | Xenakis

Cage | Reich | Xenakis

Who:

line upon line + Thad Anderson, Eric Peterson and Tim Shuster

What:

Works by three of twentieth-century music’s giants, and arguably the most important Western composers for percussion.

John Cage: Imaginary Landscape No. 2 (March No. 1)

Steve Reich: Sextet 

Iannis Xenakis: Peaux and Metaux from Pléïades

Where:

Crashbox (5305 Bolm Road #12, 78721)

When:

September 27-29, 2019 - 8:00-9:30pm

Why:

We’ve been playing the music of these three guys since the beginning. This is as structural as it gets for us; our Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. 

Who might like this show:

Those who often think that the music we play is strange - we don’t get much more “normal” than this!

Student tickets available at the door for $10 with valid ID.

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Series Show #2: Ten
Dec
6
to Dec 8

Series Show #2: Ten

Ten 

Who:

line upon line + Michelle Lou, Andrew Greenwald and Dave Broome

What:

A celebration of the group’s first decade - a brand new commission by 2018-19 Rome Prize winner Michelle Lou, a sextet by Andrew Greenwald, and two mini-dramas.

Constantin Basica: Fugue for Bells, Beans and Bugs

Rick Burkhardt: Great Hymn of Thanksgiving

Andrew Greenwald: [198 Words]

Michelle Lou: new work

Where:

Crashbox (5305 Bolm Road #12, 78721)

When:

December 6-8, 2019 - 8pm

Why:

Two things have remained important to line upon line since day one: commissioning new works and expanding our comfort zone. 

Who might like this show:

Theater types, the most adventurous and fun-loving among you.

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Series Show #3: Second Annual Winter Composer Festival
Jan
4
to Jan 11

Series Show #3: Second Annual Winter Composer Festival

Winter Composer Festival

Who:

line upon line + Jessie Marino and Sam Pluta + Andrew Harlan, Andrés Gutiérrez, José Martinez, Jeremy Rapaport-Stein, Kitty Xiao and Julie Zhu

What:

Our second annual festival featuring new works and performances by six graduate-level composers from around the country and two faculty, one a Rome Prize winner, the other a current Guggenheim fellow.

Jessie Marino: Piece for the Middle Seat of an Airplane (6’)

Sam Pluta: Matrices (9’)

plus, performances by Jessie and Sam

new works from and performances by:

Andrew Harlan (Cal)

Andrés Gutiérrez (UC-San Diego)

José Martinez (Texas)

Jeremy Rapaport-Stein (Brandeis)

Kitty Xiao (Eastman) 

Julie Zhu (Stanford)

Where:

Crashbox (5305 Bolm Road #12, 78721)

When:

January 4, 8 and 11, 2020 - 8pm

Why:

We think being in the same room with composers is the best way to create and share new work.

Who might like this show:

Festival-goers, those who are interested in new things.


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Series Show #4: lul presents TAK
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Series Show #4: lul presents TAK

TAK

Who:

Laura Cocks (flute), Madison Greenstone (clarinets), Marina Kifferstein (violin), Charlotte Mundy (voice) and Ellery Trafford (percussion)

What:

TAK Ensemble is a New York-based quintet that “impresses with the organicity of their sound, their dynamism and virtuosity — and, well, just a dash of IDGAF as they slay the thorniest material like it’s nothing...As titillating and irresistible a band as we have on the new music scene today.” (Q2 Music)

Erin Gee: Mouthpiece 28

Ashkan Behzadi: Deseo

Kate Soper: Only the words themselves mean what they say

David Bird: Series Imposture

Tyshawn Sorey: Ornations

Taylor Brook: Amalgam

Jessie Marino: Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling

Where:

TBD

When:

March 22, 2020 - 8pm

Why:

We believe in trying new things and supporting artists - this is a merger and fresh avenue for those beliefs.

Who might like this show:

Lovers of virtuosity and strange things.


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Series Show #5: (Re)move
May
29
to May 31

Series Show #5: (Re)move

(Re)move

Who:

line upon line + Heloise Gold (movement), Brent Fariss, Andy Stoltz and Travis Weller (music)

What:

A brand new evening-length project on the topic of decluttering, created with Austin Arts Hall of Fame dancer/choreographer, Heloise Gold, and the venerable Austin composer collective, New Music Co-op.

Where:

Crashbox (5305 Bolm Road #12, 78721)

When:

May 29-31, 2020 - 8pm

Why:

We feel very strongly about collaborating with artists from other disciplines, and have been scheming for quite some time about a way to work with these four amazing people in particular. 

Who might like this show:

Dance types, those who may have a tendency to hang onto things.


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line upon line's first composer festival + course
Jan
5
to Jan 12

line upon line's first composer festival + course

TICKETS

January 5 - performances by line upon line and festival faculty, Steve Snowden and Laura Steenberge

January 6 - each of the seven festival composers plays a short set of their choosing

January 12 - line upon line gives seven world premieres of new works by the festival composers

Festival Faculty:

Steve Snowden

Laura Steenberge

Festival Composers:

Margaret Kogos

Huijuan Ling

Daniel Meyer-O’Keeffe

Ted Moore

Cullyn Murphy

Olly Sellwood

Cassie Wieland

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

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The city wears a slouch hat
Nov
30
to Dec 2

The city wears a slouch hat

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

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A republic of spaces
Sep
28
to Sep 30

A republic of spaces

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)

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context
Dec
1
to Dec 3

context

context: an album release show 

Andrew Greenwald’s [99 Words]: snare-less, bottom head-less, rosin-coated snare drums played with hands

Thomas Meadowcroft’s The Great Knot: wine glasses, recorders, a synth and lots of toys tell the story of this intrepid migrator

Matthew Shlomowitz’s Popular Contexts #6: airplanes and applause meet jazz band

TICKETS

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left
Sep
29
to Oct 1

left

TICKETS

Rick Burkhardt’s Great Hymn of Thanksgiving
A table set for three where the sounds of conversation have been replaced by fragments of news reports from Iraq, scraps from the Army prayer manual, invented Arab folk tales, and a recurring State of Emergency pointing everywhere and leading nowhere. 

Jason Federmeyer’s compressions’s reflexive extractions (commission and world premiere)
An incredibly detailed bit of time-carving, shaped into a wonderfully bristling textural landscape. 

Michelle Lou’s untitled three-part construction
Cell phone vibrators, socket wrenches, cassette tape recorders, a comb + Cullen’s bass chops. 

Laura Steenberge’s Perseus Slays the Gorgon Medusa
Clouds of talcum powder, swinging cymbals and a rendition of Mack the Knife to close.

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