April is apparently THE month for new music in Austin. It is also THE month for end-of-the-school-year stress for those of us still in school (i.e. pretty much all of the NaB staff). There are a lot of big events that we want to cover this month on the blog and we want to do […]


Visual artist Yuliya Lanina¬†joins us for a conversation about collaboration. Yuliya’s Arcadian Rhapsody is currently on display at the Women and Their Work Gallery. We talk about the event Arcadian Jam at the gallery where Yuliya’s animations, sculptures, displays, and paintings were complemented by a reading of poetry by Lisa Olstein, and a performance of […]


Why in the hell would any sane classical performer actively choose to present new music? What could they possibly have to gain from this? Horn player, composer, and Nuts and Bolts Music contributor Mike Mikulka gets to the bottom of these pressing questions in this panel of fabulous local Austin performers in a conversation about […]


One Ounce Opera founding director Julie Fiore joins us in studio with members Patricia Combs and Christina Flores to do some live holiday caroling(ish), talk about the opera landscape today, opine the similarities between metal and classical music, and start the revolution that will soon be known worldwide as Food Truck Dinner Theater. Get to […]


Composer and choral expert Joshua Shank joins us to share a playlist of excellent holiday choral music, and talk about the holiday choral tradition. How do you keep from feeling limited as a choral director by HAVING to put on a “holiday” concert every freaking December? Why are there so many choirs in Minnesota? And […]

gnarwhallaby performing "Lullaby 4" at New Voices, New Music November 20th. Photo courtesy of Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Catch a rare glimpse at the elusive gnarwhallaby! gnarwhallaby (Matt Barbier, trombones; Richard Valitutto, keyboards; Derek Stein, violoncello; Brian Walsh, clarinets) is a Los Angeles-based quartet which formed in 2011 to revive and perform repertoire composed for their unique instrumentation. I met the group at the Creating New Music Workshop led by David Lang and […]

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NaB contributor Cassie Shankman takes over the radio for a day to talk to the UT Guitar Quartet about extended techniques of playing guitar, doing up your nails, the ensemble repertoire, and juggling. They also give a few live performances in the studio! The University of Texas Guitar Quartet was formed in fall 2011 under […]


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