Violinist Sean Riley is literally pushing the boundaries of the instrument he plays. A Julliard graduate and seasoned performer, Riley is not afraid of a challenge – even when the challenge is playing a piece written for a six-stringed violin. After discovering The Dharma at Big Sur by John Adams, Riley was inspired to create his own violin after being unable to play the piece on his traditional instrument. With the help of mechanical engineering graduate Daniel Goodwin and sculptor Rebecca Milton, Riley 3D-printed his dream instrument. Although it looks different than the typical violin with its narrow body and absence of a scroll, the sound it produces is on par with its wooden counterparts. Sean Riley stopped by Studio 1A to showcase his modern instrument and play the piece that inspired it all. Listen to his session below!
Density512 is a music collective “interested in championing the works of new composers and giving context to new music based on its classical roots.” Their shows are played in community centers and art spaces around Austin, making sure to connect Austin residents to the incredible musicians in our city. This talented chamber group recognizes the importance of revitalizing traditional classical music and giving a voice to the contemporary composers who are making waves in the music world today. Catch Density512 Tuesday, the 27th, at noon at the Blanton Museum of Art, or Thursday, the 1st, at 8 PM at CRAFT Austin. Check out their Studio 1A session below!
***Tickets for CRAFT – Doors at 7:30***
Publications nationwide have lauded Rick Rowley’s prowess as a pianist. As a world-renowned musician, conductor, and theater director, this Butler School of Music faculty member is constantly reshaping the way he interprets his repertoire. From Liszt to Gershwin and everything in between, Rowley executes each piece with the style and character it deserves. He plays slower pieces tenderly and with great care, while the tinkling high notes of the instrument stand out when he plays faster pieces. He joined us in Studio 1A to play selections from Schumann, Chopin, and other classical masterworks.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe isn’t your typical musical – it’s a revue. A revue is a musical that contains no dialogue, and is made up of songs that are connected by a common theme. The 40 songs in this musical, written by composers and lyricists Lieber and Stoller, is an homage to the New York City of the 1950’s. The songs all explore love, loss, and life with a powerful musicality brought to life under the direction and choreography Kimberly Schafer. Vocalists Lauren DeFilippo, Kia Malone, and Christina Stroup are vocal powerhouses, bringing raw energy and emotion into each musical number. Make sure you buy your tickets to see this incredible performance running from February 16th – March 4th at the Tex-Arts Theater in Lakeway!
In 2009, cellist Joel Becktell and pianist Carla McElhaney formed REVEL – a multi-configuration classical band – to return the classical music experience to its radical roots, a place where musicians and their friends got together in intimate settings to let their hair down and revel in great music. They’ll join with tenor JR Fralick for a program of Beerthoven and Revel-ry.