Category Contemporary Classical

River Measures – An Interview With Cellist Leanne Zacharias

Fast Forward Austin and the Austin New Music Co-Op partnered with cellist Leanne Zacharias to present an epic, site-specific performance of nine different, one-hour performances of solo cello music along Austin’s lakeside trails in December.  We caught up with Leanne recently to talk about the ideas behind the performance and the challenges of making it all […]

SYMMETROGRAPHIA – Travis Weller With the New Music Co-Op

The Austin New Music Co-Op and composer Travis Weller collaborated once again to present a unique performance of “Symmetrographia” September 28th as part of the Blanton Museum’s Soundspace program, featuring ten musicians playing violin, viola, cello, contrabass, and custom built instruments Weller has constructed himself in recent years. We recently caught up with Travis to talk about what […]

NMASS 2014 – An Interview With CotFG Creative Director George Pasterk

Church of the Friendly Ghost and the Salvage Vanguard Theater partnered once again to host their fifth annual New Media and Art Sound Summit (NMASS), June 12-14th, bringing together an eclectic multitude of positively weird and experimental media artists to Austin for the three day festival.  The presenting artists came from both near and far, […]

April in Austin: The NaB Concert Guide

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 […]

Performers Who Play New Music Panel

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 […]

gnarwhallaby & Nicholas Deyoe (AKA “The gnarwhallaview”)

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 […]

UT Guitar Quartet In-Studio Performance & Talk

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 […]