February 1, 2023

The Line-up: Five new music concerts for this fall


Celebrate the return to live performance with these new music concerts.

Line Upon Line Percussion: ‘Glissantes’

7 p.m. Sept. 8-9, Crash Box, 5305 Bolm Road, Ste. 12.,
Line Upon Line Percussion debut a brand new evening-length work by French composer, Elsa Biston. “Glissantes” (in English, slippery or sliding) combines electronic sounds with live percussion.

‘Hear Me Out’

8 p.m. Oct. 7-8, University Presbyterian, 2203 San Antonio St.,
Two Austin music powerhouses — Conspirare and the Miró Quartet — collaborate for the first time, commissioning 15 composers across North America to create new pieces for voices and string quartet. Composers were invited to respond to Beethoven’s music, to Beethoven himself, or set Beethoven aside and respond to the times we’re living through.

With so many composers — Alex Berko, Abbie Betinis, Christopher Cerrone, Saunder Choi, Carlos Cordero, Eliza Gilkyson, Jocelyn Hagen, Ted Hearne, Craig Hella Johnson, Shara Nova, Gabriela Ortiz, Graham Reynolds, Michael Schachter, Derrick Skye, Dale Trumbore, and Dorothy Walters — the entire presentation is spread out over two concerts.

Sandbox Percussion: Akiho’s ‘Seven Pillars’

7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, McCullough Theatre, UT campus,
Brooklyn’s Sandbox Percussion performs its 2021’s Grammy-nominated record ‘Seven Pillars.’ A genre-defying audio and video collaboration consists of seven ensemble movements and one solo movement for each member of Sandbox, the 80-minute, 11-part work has a palindromic structure, with the “pillars” — all written for more than one musician — interspersed with four solos. A striking lighting scheme by Michael Joseph McQuilken enhances the performance.


‘The Unknown’ with Jennifer Choi & Les Frères Méduses

The Unknow

4:30 & 8 p.m. Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6,  The Rosette 3908 Avenue B,
Austin Classical Guitar remounts a favorite production. The creative duo Les Frères Méduses composed an original score for Tod Browning’s 1927 silent masterpiece “The Unknown.” Dark, bizarre and brilliant, the film stars “the man of a thousand faces” Lon Chaney, Sr. and superstar Joan Crawford. It begins in a circus in Spain and is filled with twists and turns of love, deception, and revenge. Les Frères are joined by violinist Jennifer Choi.


2 p.m. Nov. 20, secret location to be disclosed,
Some things can only happen spontaneously. For 48 hours, the Density512 artists will live together, eat meals together, rehearse together, and merge their individual talents to create a multi-art site-specific spectacle.

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