Fast Forward Austin: Spare the Rod7:00 pm Museum of Human Achievement
916 Springdale Rd
Sat. October 14 @7pm
Museum of Human Achievement
We are super stoked to announce Spare the Rod, with performances by NOW Ensemble and Invoke. This captivating program will cover vastly varied musical landscapes and intensely personal narratives amidst the backdrop of a stalwart for experimental music in Austin, the Museum of Human Achievement. At the heart of this show are the Texas premieres of five ambitious new works written specifically for these ensembles. Composer Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Spare the Rod! is 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 concert.
Invoke’s visceral American Postcards project 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 Itoh, David K. Garner, Ian Dicke, and Steven Snowden.