artists

Here’s a list of our 2012 festival artists. Stay tuned for announcements about our 2013 lineup!


Vicky Chow

Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has performed extensively as a classical and contemporary soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member, and has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “a monster pianist” (Time Out New York) “virtuosic” (New Jersey Star Ledger) and “sparkling” with a “feisty technique” (MIT Tech). She is the pianist for the New York based eclectic contemporary sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars and has performed with other groups such asWordless Music Orchestra, Opera Cabal, Wet Ink Ensemble, ai ensemble and AXIOM. Her passion has propelled Vicky to work with an … Continue reading →


Graham Reynolds

Austin, Texas based composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater to DJ Spooky to the Austin Symphony Orchestra.  As bandleader of the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, Reynolds has repeatedly toured the country and released three critically acclaimed albums.  As Co-Artistic Director of Golden Hornet Project with Peter Stopschinski, Reynolds has produced more than fifty concerts of world-premier alt-classical music by more than sixty composers, as well as five symphonies, … Continue reading →


Bel Cuore Sax Quartet

For three years The Bel Cuore Sax Quartet has been engaging audiences with performances of diverse and exciting chamber music, including performances for the Sibelius Academy for Music in Helsinki, Finland, Marfa Public Radio, KQUE Hum Tum Radio in Houston, the GAMMA-UT composers’ conference, the Fast Forward contemporary music and arts festival, and numerous schools, community centers, city parks, and art museums around Central Texas.  They are featured in the 2010 Longhorn Music recording Over the Rainbow and Bach Again and have plans to record … Continue reading →

Owen Weaver

Owen Weaver performs adventurous, versatile, and portable percussion music that utilizes recycled objects and electronic sounds ranging from the visceral to the sublime, clangorous to hypnotic–to form a complex sound world. As a soloist he has appeared twice in the New York-based Wordless Music Series as well as the Gershwin Hotel’s Contagious Sounds Series, the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at MassMoCA, and the Percussion Festival at Round Top. Owen was recently featured on National Public Radio’s … Continue reading →


Leanne Zacharias

Cellist Leanne Zacharias’ approach to musical life has been compared to extreme sport— from soloist to collaborating across genres with choreographers, writers, architects, visual artists and musicians of all stripes, she has emerged with a uniquely vibrant and contemporary voice.  A versatile performer, she has been artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre for Arts, San Francisco’s Odyssey Works and Sweden’s Elucian Ensemble, apprentice with Montreal’s Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and shared stages with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Toronto’s Aradia Ensemble, the Hylozoists,  … Continue reading →


Butoh

Butoh is an improvisational performance practice which originated in Japan in the late 1950′s. It engages our collective imaginations and provides a vehicle to explore new movement ideas. The performers are Mari Akita, Ellen Bartel, Caroline Sutton Clark, and Adam Sultan.

“Visually striking, the fabric was fertile with paradox and codependency: what you cover yourself with also exposes you; what decorates and comforts can also make you disappear; the opulence of copious folds versus the urge to control them. The starkness and meditation of Butoh, a performance style that emerged in Japan in the mid-20th century, make it … Continue reading →


Baylor Percussion Group

Under the current direction of Todd Meehan, the Baylor Percussion Department is taking a leading role among university percussion programs in commissioning new works from contemporary composers and cultivating a platform for the exchange of ideas among prominent professionals and talented students.  A central focus of the ensemble is to foster relationships between composers and performers through collaborations and commissions. The group presents regional and world premieres of … Continue reading →


Precipice

Precipice began in 2009 as a trio consisting of piano, cello, and percussion between new music lovers Margaret Barrett, Cody Green, and Logan Dean.  The three began the ensemble as a way to bring new music to their university and to the Waco area in a way they hoped would inspire others to take up the cause of performing and promoting the music of living composers.

After a relatively quiet first year of playing, the group added flute, violin, and clarinet.  In their second year, the group saw more widespread performances, such as appearing at the Arlington Museum of Art, the Dallas Modern Music Festival, as well as … Continue reading →


P. Kellach Waddle

P. Kellach Waddle enjoys a widely lauded career as a solo bassist, composer, chamber musician, orchestra musician, conductor, and concert director. His music has been performed over 700 times in nearly 40 states and in 10 foreign countries. With over 40 premieres scheduled for the calendar year 2011 alone (ranging from solo works to chamber works to pieces for full orchestra and now over 370 works composed as of Fall 2011), Waddle continues to maintain his position as one of the most prolific and performed composers of his generation. He has been called “… an amazing, incredible virtuoso…” by famed Austin radio personality John Aielli; and after his  … Continue reading →