Music Composers Unite!
Time: April 15, 2012 from 2pm to 10pm
Location: ND 501
Street: 501 North I-35
City/Town: Austin, Texas
Website or Map: http://www.fastforwardaustin.…
Event Type: new, music, festival
Organized By: Ian Dicke, Robert Honstein and Steven Snowden,
Latest Activity: Apr 13, 2012
Founded in 2010 by composers Ian Dicke, Robert Honstein and Steven Snowden, Fast Forward Austin is an 8-hour long marathon event dedicated to presenting new and innovative music to the Austin community. Featuring some of Austin’s most talented musicians, Fast Forward Austin offers an eclectic mix of cutting-edge, genre-bending music that fearlessly straddles the borders of pop, classical, and experimental music. This year, on Sunday April 15, the East Austin event space ND-501 Studios will host the festival.
Fast Forward Austin will showcase a wide range of performers, including Vicky Chow, pianist for the nationally acclaimed Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Austin’s own Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet, Precipice, a freshly-minted new music band out of Waco, the Baylor Percussion Group, under the direction of renowned percussionist Todd Meehan, and Austin based choreographer and performance artist, Ellen Bartel.
Drawing on ND-501 studio’s unique space and multimedia capabilities, Fast Forward artists will present music by composers whose work lives at the edge of classical and popular traditions. Rare performances of large-scale percussion works by the avant-garde master Iannis Xenakis and the american post-minimalist icon David Lang will appear along side collaborative works for dance and video as well works by the winners of Fast Forward Austin’s national call for scores.
In keeping with its mission to connect new, forward looking artists with the community, Fast Forward will partner with the Austin chapter of El Sistema, an innovative music education program modeled on the internationally-praised Venezuelan system. El Sistema students will perform at the April 15th event and Fast Forward artists will collaborate with El Sistema programs in the weeks leading up to the festival. A portion of the Fast Forward’s proceeds will be donated to El Sistema.