FFA DtNSFQG results – Brooklyn Rider/Dawn Upshaw ticket giveaway


In conjunction with our friends at Texas Performing Arts, we’re giving away two tickets to the March 26 Brooklyn Rider String Quartet / Dawn Upshaw concert at UT’s McCullough Theatre. Randomly drawn from the pool of correct answers in our FFA Drop the Needle Super Fun Quiz Game, we’re happy to announce that the winner is… David Reminick! Curious about the answers to our four questions? The composers are: 1 – George Crumb 2 – John Adams 3 – Morton Feldman 4 – Frank Zappa

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FFA Benefit Party at Hops & Grain Brewery – April 10


  We’re doubling the fun in 2014 by throwing a pre-party benefit on Thursday, April 10. Our friends at the Hops & Grain brewery have generously donated their space (and beer!) while 2014 FFA artist Skyros String Quartet and the Grant Wallace Band will play short sets. Enjoy a sampling of delicious Hops & Grain brews, mingle with FFA artists, and help us support the incredible musicians coming to Fast Forward Austin this year! Music and mingling from 7-9pm Beer and snacks throughout 507 Calles st. (east end of 6th Street) RSVP to [email protected]         Pledge Levels We invite you to make a tax-free donation to … Continue reading

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Disco Classical II – free event/FFA presale party!

Disco Classical II poster

Disco Classical began on April 12th, 2012 at the Butterfly Bar, showcasing UT School of Music talent and Austin-based bands in a night fusing live dance-inspired classical music with contemporary dance tunes and dance performances. FFA decided to bring it back as a preview event for the music festival this year, featuring two performers on the FFA roster: Line Upon Line Percussion and mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen.

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Announcing the FFA 2014 Artist Lineup


We’re elated to officially announce our artist lineup for FFA 2014. Check our our promo video below and head on over to our artists page to read more about the amazing artists we have on tap this year.  

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FFA 2014 date and venue


We’re excited to announce that Fast Forward Austin will be returning to the North Door for our marathon festival on April 12, 2014!  We have an amazing lineup of artists on tap and we’ll be making that announcement soon.  Stay tuned!

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FFA 2013 recap


With eight hours of new music, dozens of artists from Austin and all across the US,  ten world premieres, and the Austin premiere of Steve Reich’s iconic Music for 18 Musicians, Fast Forward Austin 2013 was an amazing experience. You can take a look at a list of artists from the festival on the FFA 2013 artists page and check out some video clips and images from the day below.

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Announcing Fast Forward Austin 2013


Fast Forward Austin 2013 is coming up on April 06 at the Scottish Rite Theater.  Check out our preview video to see what we have on tap this year!

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Unsilent Night Returns! – Friday, December 07, 2012


Fast Forward Austin is proud to present Austin’s second annual performance of Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night!   Friday, Dec. 07 2012 @ 8pm Buford Tower: at the corner of Colorado and Cesar Chavez(aka 201 W. Cesar Chavez) Downtown Austin   Written specifically for outdoor performance in the month of December, Unsilent Night is a rousing street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four music tracks in the form of a cassette, CD, or Mp3. Together all four tracks comprise Unsilent Night. Carrying boomboxes, or anything that amplifies music, participants simultaneously start playing the music. They … Continue reading

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FFA 2012 recap


The second annual Fast Forward Austin Music Festival was a huge success! Nearly 200 people came to ND-501 to see artists from Austin, Waco, Winnipeg, and New York perform over 10 hours of thrilling new music. From the students of Austin Soundwaves performing a new silent film score with Graham Reynolds to the earth shattering reverberations of Baylor Percussion pounding out Xenakis in the rafters, this year’s festival was full of powerful moments and unforgettable sounds. Vicky Chow capped off the day with a gorgeous set of 21st century piano music followed by an all-star ensemble of FFA artists burning … Continue reading

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SXSW Nonclassical Showcase recap


It was such a pleasure for us to team up with Nonclassical to help bring “that ‘other’ kind of live music” to South by Southwest this year!  The showcase was a resounding success with outstanding performances by PK Waddle, the Bel Cuore Sax Quartet, Peter Gregson, Owen Weaver, the Aiana String Quartet and line upon line Percussion.  You can check out a few articles about the event on Feast of Music, The Austin American Statesman and WQXR NYC.  

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