Spare the Rod
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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