Density 512 is proud to present Harmoniemusik, in which they reimagine chamber wind music for the “harmonie”, a small wind ensemble that served as a “party band” for 17th and 18th C. patrons. Density512 is a start-up music collective that blends Austin’s vibrant live-music culture with imaginative programs for contemporary chamber orchestra. Our mission is to bring music into the community in a uniquely ATX environment and showcase diverse and under-represented repertoire from a variety of musical styles and eras. Density512 reaches new corners of the greater Austin community by performing in nontraditional spaces in the city and by supporting local musicians. In the spirit of food, drink, and merriment they invite you to join Harmoniemusik featuring music by Jonathan Dove and Eugene Bozza both inspired by the strong tradition of the harmonie ensemble. The event will be held Friday, December 15 at 7.30pm, at the Imagine Art space. Tickets are donation based (suggested between $5-25) with homemade hors d’oeuvres served, and BYOB welcome. We were lucky enough to have a sneak preview of the performance in Studio 1A, check out the full session below!
John Aielli hosts Eklektikos Monday through Thursday from 6 – 9 a.m. These are his top 6 songs of the year:
1) Alt-J – In Cold Blood
Very dark and so catchy; it’s just addictive.
2) David Ramirez – Watching From a Distance
A very thoughtful and beautiful song, beautifully sung.
3) Brian Pounds – Rattle in my Bones
He just recorded in a live session in studio 1A, an example of a young singer with a wonderful talent committing himself totally to the art and a wonderful group of musicians with him.
4) Grizzly Bear – Mourning Sound
I still don’t know what this song’s about, but I don’t care, I like it anyway.
5) St. Vincent – New York
My clear favorite of all of her songs, a hauntingly lovely melody with a great poignant arch.
6) Secret Sisters – He’s Fine
Two gals singing a sort of country song full of irony, sadness, and tight harmonies.
The Beerthoven Concert Series is a down-to-earth, approachable celebration of classical song, chamber music, and beer; a quirky mixture of Bach and Doppelbock in a unique and intimate setting. Beerthoven finds its inspiration in the musical and festive events at the Austin Saengerrunde as well as the private “salon” concerts of Beethoven’s own time. All Beerthoven events feature live classical music, free beer, and other refreshments. There is no backstage area here; audience members may even find themselves standing in line for beer with the performers.
After a hiatus for some years Austin’s own Allegro Chamber Trio has been resurrected, featuring violist Bruce Williams, harpist Elaine Barber (Principal players of the Austin Symphony), and flutist Megan Meisenbach. This French-themed program will feature the landmark Debussy Trio, Durufle’s Prélude, Récitatif et Variations for Viola, Flute, and Piano, and Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano. Beerthoven Director Daniel Swayze will accompany on the piano. Join the Allegro Chamber Trio at Saengerrunde Hall on November 17 & 19.
Monk Parker makes surrealist neo-americana for the heartbroken. His music is what it’s like to leave the bar after last call and levitate all the way home–looking over lakes, corn fields, and decaying movie theaters. Originally based in New York, Monk Parker returned to his family farm outside of Austin and released his first solo album at age 40. His sophomore release, Crown of Sparrows, shows no sign of a slump. Parker’s songs start slow and build up to a climax of vocal harmonies, wailing guitars, and funereal horns. The second track, “Gaudy Frame,” was born out of Parker feeling like he was in a Rooney Mara movie during his European tour, but he would be equally at home at the Roadhouse Bar in Twin Peaks. His music is anachronistic, but belongs to no specific era. We were lucky to have Monk Parker stop by Studio 1A on Wednesday. If you missed the performance, check it out below!
– Harold Urteaga
9/29 @ Mohawk (Release Show)
The award-winning series returns to the Blanton Museum of Art with a series of performances inspired by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and her unique legacy of American jazz and Indian devotional music. Alice’s singular musical style is a synthesis of influences that include Detroit gospel, Stravinsky, bebop, traditional Hindi hymns, and classical Indian music. The September SoundSpace will explore these diverse influences and present new work directly inspired by her legacy. We’ve invited two of the performers to Studio 1A to showcase some of their best stuff. The Andre Hayward Music Quintet will be performing late 60’s bebop from the repertoire of Alice Coltrane and her peers. Tara Bhattacharya Reed is a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, performance artist and filmmaker. Her audiovisual performance, Coral Breathing, explores themes of Hindu spiritual practices, sounds, and movements in nature and vibration. Check out the full Studio 1A session with these artists below!
When: September 24, 2pm
Admission: Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.