Sat. October 14 @7pm

Museum of Human Achievement

Free admission

We are super-stoked to announce the next Fast Forward Austin event, Spare the Rod, featuring NOW Ensemble and Invoke. With fiercely focused performances and intensely personal narratives, this show is going to be a wild ride and It’s all going down at one of Austin’s funkiest venues for experimental music, the Museum of Human Achievement.

NOW Ensemble has been making big waves in the national new music scene for a decade and we’re thrilled to bring their unique sound from NYC down to our neck of the woods. At the heart of their show is the Texas premiere of composer Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Spare the Rod! It’s an unabashed exploration of childhood awe and wonder inspired by a series of miniature mechanical sculptures by visual artist Yuliya Lanina. A confrontation of the underlying violence often found in classic fairy tales, her collection contains a set of music boxes that play original music by Sharlat and will be incorporated into the performance. Her work will also be on display before and after the show.

Austin-based Invoke has quickly gained a reputation for thwarting genre classification and embracing musical traditions from across the country. At this event, they’ll be giving the Texas premiere of their visceral American Postcards project, which holds a magnifying glass to the concept of American identity. From picture brides in Hawaii to tent revivals in Texas, this earnest endeavor digs deep into the tangled roots of our cultural narrative with an emphasis on unsung historical events that have shaped modern American society. This program includes newly commissioned works by composers Takuma ItohDavid K. GarnerIan Dicke, and Steven Snowden.

Take a listen to Invoke’s Travesty from their 2015 album Souls in the Mud.

Doors open at 6:30pm

Invoke at 7:00pm

NOW Ensemble at 8:00pm

About the artists

  • NOW Ensemble

    All Previous FFA Artists, FFA 2017 Artists, Spare The Rod

    NOW Ensemble is a dynamic group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century. With...

  • Invoke

    All Previous FFA Artists, FFA 2017 Artists, Spare The Rod

    Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical…but not not classical”, bowed and fretted string quartet invoke continues...

  • Yuliya Lanina

    All Previous FFA Artists, FFA 2017 Artists, Spare The Rod, spare the rod y-l

    Yuliya Lanina is a Russian-born American multimedia artist. Her paintings, animations, interactive sculptures and performances portray alternate realities that fuse...

  • Yevgeniy Sharlat

    All Previous FFA Artists, FFA 2017 Artists, Spare The Rod, spare the rod y-l

    YEVGENIY SHARLAT has composed music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo, theater, ballet, mechanical sculptures, animations, and film. His commissions came from...




Presented in partnership with the Butler School of Music and Texas Performing Arts with additional support from the O’Donnell visiting artists endowment. This event is also made possible by generous support from The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division.