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Austin360.com recently called SoundSpace at the Blanton “the most successful new music event in the city.”

The fifth installment of the popular music series, SoundSpace: Post-Classical on Sunday, March 10 at 2PM, brings together Austin musicians for simultaneous performances in the galleries. Read mini bios on some of the scheduled performers below and in part one of this two-part series on SoundSpace musicians.

Bel Cuore Quartet

Bel Cuore Quartet

Bel Cuore Quartet
Lauded for their “high-energy” and “impressive” performances, the Bel Cuore Quartet (BCQ) has been sharing visceral and compelling chamber music with audiences since 2009. Twice nominated for “Best Classical Ensemble” by the Austin Critics’ Table, the quartet focuses on works by living composers to create engaging and memorable experiences for audiences. Upcoming projects include a very exciting collaboration with the brilliant pianist Dr. Carla McElhaney. Dr. McElhaney and Bel Cuore have come together to form a new kind of chamber group. The group is called the Zenith Quintet and have numerous upcoming performances including at Springdale Farms on March 23.

What inspires your creative process?
Collaboration. I have found that groups always push each other farther than we would have gone individually. When Bel Cuore begins rehearsing a piece, often we disagree on how to perform a particular passage. We all come from different musical backgrounds and tastes and those differences often enhance the way the piece turns out. Collectively, what we play is so much more profound than what we each individually play. Not just the other members of the quartet, but everyone we work with inspires us. From the composers we work with to the venues we play at, to the sound engineers. It is really great to work with people who really have something to say. We enjoy all of those conversations!

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
I’m sure this would differ depending on who in the group you ask. I can only speak for myself, but I would love to work with a film maker on a film score. I am a huge movie buff and Austin has such an amazing film culture.

In ten words or less, why should someone come to the March 10 Soundspace?
Post-Classical music rocks!

Convergence

Convergence

Convergence
Convergence is an Austin-based ‘new music’ ensemble dedicated to inter-arts collaboration with an ever-expanding roster of musicians from around the country. This particular incarnation of Convergence will be a vocal quartet featuring Cameron Beauchamp, Paul D’Arcy, Laura Mercado-Wright, and Meredith Ruduski. Convergence is also thrilled about its upcoming commissioning project to be premiered at this year’s Fast Forward Austin. Cameron Beauchamp, artistic director of Convergence, answers the below questions.

What inspires your creative process?
New sounds. Friends. Collaboration. Silence. Good food. Other people’s passion.

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
My dream is fulfilled whenever I’m working with someone who exudes a dedication and love for their craft.

In 10 words or less, why should someone come to the March 10 SoundSpace?
Experience some different and wonderful music that Austin can offer.

Andrew Sigler

Andrew Sigler

Andrew Sigler
Andrew Sigler’s concert music includes works for chamber ensembles, orchestra, dance, theater, and film and has been performed by members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Andrew is the Texas Performing Arts Graduate Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in theory and ear training while completing his doctorate in composition.

What inspires your creative process?
I often think of my writing in terms of sculpting, and it’s typically through subtractive processes that I get my best results. Basically, I try not to do much editing in the early stages, and more than once I’ve written several minutes of music only to realize that the piece should really start with the material at, say, minute three. Of course, without those first minutes lying on the cutting room floor, the good stuff at minute three might not have found its way out of my head, so I thank those first minutes for their sacrifice.

What is your dream cross-disciplinary collaboration?
My dream cross-disciplinary collaboration would be to work with a lighting specialist on a site-specific project. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship among rhythm, sound, and light and the fact they are simply the same thing at different speeds.

In 10 words or less, why should someone come to the March 10 SoundSpace?
Music is about dialog, not monologue. Let’s talk.

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.

2 Responses

  1. What a great combination of music and art! Please do more of these.

  2. What a great combination of music and art! Please do more of these.

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