Inaugural ‘Unwound Sound’ concert to benefit SIMS Foundation

Travis Weller
A recreation of a Crackler, an Italian Futurist instrument made by Travis Weller and the Austin New Music Coop.It typifies the kind of non-traditional instruments Weller uses. Photo courtesy New Music Coop

Austin has a new forward-reaching listening series. And its first concert on Feb. 3 will benefit the SIMS Foundation.

On Feb. 3, Unwound Sound presents its inaugural concert featuring music by award-winning Austin composers Brent Baldwin and Travis Weller.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. and will be performed at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave. See for more information.

The evening of atmospheric contemporary works will use an amalgamation of traditional and custom instruments, homemade sound generators, and unexpected found objects, Weller and Baldwin bring their mercurial music styles to the fore in a forward-reaching-yet-approachable evening of sound.

Works include “Three Improvisations,” “Three Fractals,” “…into the wild and weedy dunes…”, “Heliograms from the High Country,” and the premiere of “Of Measures & Minefields.”

Dancer Lisa del Rosario will join the musicians for the performance.

A freewill offering will be gratefully accepted at the door (suggested donation $20), with a split of the proceeds to benefit the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and substance use recovery services and supports for musicians, music industry professionals, and their dependent family members.

Unwound Sound is a new listening series created and curated by Baldwin. In residency at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, it seeks to engage audiences with adventurous-yet-approachable programs and promote a diverse roster of audacious progressive artists.

Composer, performer and instrument builder, Weller is one of the founders of Austin New Music Co-op, which has been presenting adventurous new music in central Texas for over 20 years. Baldwin is a noted conductor, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger, and composer with a passion for adventurous art-making.