Golden Hornet Project Percussion VIII
Golden Hornet Project, Austin's Indie Classical Institution, Presents Percussion VIII
The latest installment of the wildly popular concert series in which Austin's top composers and musicians hit, smack and pound a huge array of instruments is set for August 10 at the Scottish Rite Theater. Featuring world premieres by co-artistic directors Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski and the astonishing ensemble of Thomas Burritt, Owen Weaver and Chuck Fischer, three of the finest percussionists in the independent classical scene, Percussion VIII continues GHP's history of presenting adventurous yet accessible composed music from outside the academy. In addition to pieces by Reynolds and Stopschinski, the concert will include newly commissioned works by Josh Robins of The Invincible Czars, Justin Sherburn of Okkerville River and New York based composer and violinist Todd Reynolds, as well as the percussion classic "Four Dances for Marimba" by Gordon Stout. In addition, Peter Stopschinski is preparing variations for percussion of The Rite of Spring, in honor of the centennial of Stravinsky's watershed composition.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN HORNET PROJECT
Golden Hornet Project, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit presenting and commissioning organization founded by composer/musicians Graham Reynolds, leader of the avant-jazz-rock-classical ensemble The Golden Arm Trio, and Peter Stopschinski, of the radically experimental Brown Whörnet. Since 1999 GHP has presented over 70 concerts of indie classical music by more than 50 composers from non-academic musical backgrounds in underground rock, jazz, electronic and hip hop and has world premiered 14 new orchestral works and countless chamber pieces. Bridging the concert hall and the nightclub, GHP is one of the leading organizations in the burgeoning independent classical scene. It's presentation of Tosca String Quartet: New Works 2009 received the Austin Critics Table Award for "Best Chamber Music Concert," it's 2010 Symphony VI was honored by the same body as "Best Orchestral Concert," and in 2013 GHP again received the "Best Chamber Music Concert" award for String Quartet Smackdown.
ABOUT GRAHAM REYNOLDS
Composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concerts halls with collaborators ranging from film director Richard Linklater to the Rude Mechanicals, DJ Spooky to the Austin Symphony Orchestra. As leader of the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, he's released six critically-acclaimed albums, and performed throughout the United States and in Europe. His recent album of Duke Ellington material, DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington reached number six on the CMJ national jazz charts. Other upcoming projects include a choral piece based on a Tennyson poem for Texas Chorale Consort, Mozart Project with Michelle Schumann and DJ Spooky, and the score to feature film Bernie, starring Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. Reynolds music has been heard through-out the world on TV, in films and on radio, from HBO to the Cannes Film Festival to the BBC and on NPR's All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and Marketplace. His score to the major motion picture "A Scanner Darkly" was called the #1 Best Soundtrack of the Decade by Cinema Retro magazine. Graham has been voted "Best Composer" in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll for four years running.
ABOUT PETER STOPSCHINSKI
Peter Stopschinski has composed scores for and/or performed with DJ Spooky, Texas Choral Consort, Groupo Fantasma, PBS, Brownout!, Spank Dance Co., Ariel Dance Theater, Salvage Vanguard Theater, Lambchop, Texas Viola Society, Viola By Choice, the Austin Chamber Music Center, and the Austin Waldorf School where he fulfilled a commission for a two hour musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities in 2009. Peter currently plays bass guitar in the band Lick Lick, piano in the Jazzus Lizard , and engineers most of the recordings for the band Brown Whörnet. He has recently become a company member of Rude Mechs and his musical with company playwright Kirk Lynn, "I've Never Been So Happy" was 1 of 5 projects in the country chosen for a National Endowment of the Arts New Play Development Program. The piece also received an Orchard Project residency, and the full production has been commissioned by Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. It's premier run in Austin garnered multiple major Austin Critics Table Awards, including "Best Music Direction" and "Best Musical Production".
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
Dr. Thomas Burritt is currently Associate Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and is a clinician for LLC/Malletech Instruments, Malletech Mallets and Zildjian Cymbals.
Chuck Fischer teaches music at Hill Country Middle School and performs with a variety of rock, jazz and classical ensembles.
Owen Weaver utilizes recycled objects and electronic sounds ranging from the visceral to the sublime, clangorous to hypnoticto form a complex sound world and is one of the most sought after percussionists on the contemporary scene.
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Austin, TX 78702
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