100 Tubas: SoundSpace at the Blanton Pictures

Last sunday, 100 tubas gathered together at the Rapoport Atrium of the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin to perform Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 19. It was 40 minutes of glory.

The theme for the sixth edition of the SoundSpace series at the Blanton Museum of Art, curated by trombonist Steven Parker, was graphic notation: meaning music that uses alternative forms of visual representation that are distinctively not traditional musical notation.

Here’s a quote about SoundSpace from Alcade’s article about the concert, from Adam Bennett, manager of the Blanton’s public programs:

“Viewers who encounter contemporary classical works that have often been considered difficult or inaccessible in traditional classical music venues seem to have a more open mind about those works in less-traditional venues such as an art museum. And these graphic notation works—works in which the music text was visual from the very inception of the piece’s transcription—are meant to be visually and sonically spectacular.”

Nuts and Bolts photographer Steve Sachse took these beautiful photos from the event that I have been dying to share.

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