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A host of creative-types and musicians from all corners of Austin’s artistic community brought together by organizer Steven Parker, a Blanton artist in residence, collaborate on SoundSpace, a popular music series at the Blanton. The fifth installment of the series (this one is called SoundSpace: Post-Classical) takes place Sunday, March 10 at 2PM and will showcase compositions that transcend classical, pop, and rock idioms to blur genres in innovative new ways.

Scheduled to perform on March 10 are Graham Reynolds, Mother Falcon, Steve Snowden, Andy Sigler, Peter Stopchinski, One Ounce Opera, Bel Cuore Quartet and others. Several of the performers are profiled below and in part two of this series.

Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds
Photo by Blake Weaver

Graham Reynolds
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-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 and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Forklift Danceworks. Reynolds music has been heard through-out the world on TV, on stage, in films, and on radio, from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, and BBC to NPR. Read more about Graham …

What inspires your creative process?
Hopefully everything.  As much as possible, I try to pay attention to minutiae in everything I experience, not just music.

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
I have too many.  That I will always be collaborating with people in fields I’ve never worked with before.

Why should someone come to the March 10 SoundSpace?
Because Steve Parker and the Blanton put together one of the most unique musical experiences in Austin.

Peter Stopschinski

Peter Stopschinski

Peter Stopschinski
Peter Stopschinski is a composer/performer and the co-founder and co-director along with Graham Reynolds of the Golden Hornet Project, a nonprofit dedicated to the presentation of new compositions for classical instruments by living composers. He’s also a company member of Rude Mechs, ensemble-based theatre collective from Austin. Information and audio by Peter on his blog …

What inspires your creative process?
I’ve been inspired by so many different places and things but the most actively inspiring thing to the completion of a project is a deadline!

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
I’ve always dreamed of a concert of live music where at the climax a(n imaginary) switch is thrown and the audience and performers are suddenly in a zero gravity environment.

In 10 words or less, why should someone come to the March 10th SoundSpace?
It’s more fulfilling than season 2 of “Parks and Recreation.”

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon
Photo by Bryan Rindfuss

Mother Falcon
Mother Falcon is a band with a membership ranging from 12 to 20 musicians, playing all manner of orchestral instruments (violins, cellos, accordion, trumpet, bassoon, etc). We play pop music, and perform in both traditional theaters and rock clubs. We’ve also worked on theater and film soundtracks. Right now, we’re working on recording and releasing our second album, and as a part of that we are raising funds from our fans.

What inspires your creative process?
As far as our creative process, I’d say the most inspiring aspect is each other. There are so many people in this band, coming from so many different musical directions, that the results are constantly exciting. Really just being in a room together sparks the most creativity.

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
Our dream collaboration? Everyone in this band has a different one, but I think we’d all love to work with a major ballet company and write music oriented around movement.

In 10 words or less, why should someone come to the March 10 SoundSpace?
Blanton’s echo chamber + our huge sound= an even bigger sound.

Julie Fiore of One Ounce Opera

Julie Fiore of One Ounce Opera

One Ounce Opera
One Ounce Opera (OOO), Austin’s rogue opera company, has dedicated itself to presenting re-imagined opera and traditional vocal music in unexpected locations, almost without reservation. With a “pseudo-punk” vibe, OOO officially launched in late August 2012. Coming soon, OOO, together with Sound Bridge Project, will present an Unofficial SXSW Alt-Classical Showcase at Clayworks on Wednesday, March 13. Later in the year, we look forward to mounting a local composer’s one act opera and touring the production around Central Texas. Julie Fiore, founder and general director of OOO, responds below.

What inspires your creative process?
My actual processes may differ, since most of what OOO creates is event-specific, but life in general kind of tricks me into new ideas.  I’ve found an infinite amount of great mojo bubbling around this city, so inspiration can come anytime, anywhere, and from anyone.  Of course, these ideas would be nothing without input from the rest of the ensemble.  I am truly lucky to have such open, innovative singers in the company.  Their touches can be seen in everything OOO does.

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
I feel like we’ve already had a chance to experiment with some pretty dreamy collaborations, from a traditional grouping sung with an Americana/Jazz group, to an improvised set with a live DJ.  OOO recently performed a dual scene with a slam poet, so mixing in spoken word is something we would like to explore more of, as well.  But a dream collaboration?  Anything that forces us as performers to release the mechanics of singing and challenge every inch of our talent is what we will continue to pursue.

In 10 words or less, why should someone come to the March 10 SoundSpace?
Hint: you are in on the action.

Read more SoundSpace performer profiles …

SoundSpace: Post-Classical is organized by Steven Parker for the Blanton, as part of his ongoing exploration of the museum and its resources. Parker is a graduate of the Harrington Fellow Program and Butler School of Music and serves on the faculty of UT San Antonio.

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