2014 Festival Artists


Peter Bay, Kathryn Findlen, and the FFA Orchestra


KF_final_1496_small-300x200Our very own Fast Forward Orchestra, comprised of local Austin musicians and conducted by Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony, will be presenting That The Night Come by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy.  Commissioned and premiered by Dawn Upshaw and the Crash Ensemble and set to the poetry of W.B. Yeats, the six movement work will feature Mezzo-Soprano soloist Kathryn Findlen.  The composer says: “Yeats’ repeating obsessions with unattainable love, his longing for the fullness of experience, his anger at fleeting happiness, and the certainty of time’s ravage and death are obsessions that I share.”  … Continue reading →

Mantra Percussion

2471576Hailed by The New York Times as “finely polished…a fresh source of energy” and by TimeOut New York as “forward thinking” Mantra Percussion  was recognized by The New Yorker and TimeOut New York for presenting one of the ten best classical performances of 2012. Committed to expanding the future of percussion music, Mantra Percussion commissions and performs new, significant works for large percussion ensemble by both established and emerging composers. … Continue reading →



line upon line percussion

PageImage-495387-2359807-_DSC0186EditFormed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary music. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered 10 new works for percussion with 2 more works scheduled to receive their first performance in early 2014. In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award-winning project, seeing times are not hidden, a site-specific work for custom chimes. … Continue reading →



Tatsuya Nakatani

TatsuyaNakatani2008(Makoto Takeuchi Photo))Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani was born and raised in Osaka-Japan. He currently resides in Easton, PA. He is a renowned recognized Percussionist/Drummer creating his own sound. Nakatani performs and tours all over the world for international Creative Music festivals and New Music festivals. He has taught master artist classes, workshops and given lectures, revolving around his unique sound, at a number of universities. His music has been published over sixty CD recordings in the USA and Europe. He has performed SOLO percussion for the majority of his musical career since the late 1990s at a countless number … Continue reading →



The Skyros String Quartet + West Fourth New Music

603cea_29021a5bfaaa6b39d1c046530fce68b0The Skyros Quartet, praised by the Topeka Capital-Journal as “rising young stars” and “stellar,” brings a bright and inventive style to the concert hall. Currently the Graduate Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the quartet members are pursuing Doctorates in Chamber Music Performance under the guidance of the Chiara String Quartet.

w4directorsWest Fourth New Music is a collective of composers and performers dedicated to presenting new live concert music. Based out of New York City, W4 makes a priority of programming and producing new music events with an eye toward bringing diverse audiences together through innovative concert experiences. Co-directors Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, Molly Herron, and Ruben Naeff met while studying in the graduate program of NYU’s Steinhardt School on West 4th Street in Manhattan. … Continue reading →



Grant Wallace Band

GWB-400x321Grant Wallace Band, is a project of protean Chicago composer-performers Ben Hjertmann (voice), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and Luke Gullickson (piano). Named for an esoteric California artist who practiced interstellar telepathic communication in an isolated cabin, Grant Wallace Band is weaving a fresh, diaphanous sound from threads of indie rock, experimental jazz, folk and bluegrass. … Continue reading →




LoadBang_425bNew York-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Since their founding in 2008, their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a stylistic palette ranging from whistled Brazilian rhythms and microtonal jazz standards to the decoupled and deconstructed sounds of the second modernity.  … Continue reading →