It’s quite phenomenal that Austin’s independent public classic radio station KMFA 89.5 has opened its new, purpose-built facility in the midst of the pandemic.
Beyond a massive upgrade to its primary function as a 21st-century radio station, the new 20,000-square-foot building on the shores of Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin is poised to becoming the hub of local classical musicians and composers, especially its centerpiece. , the Draylen Mason Music Studio.
The acoustically perfect 135-seat hall is designed to be used for live performances and recording. It is named after the 17-year-old musician who fell victim to the 2018 Austin bombings. A talented bassist, Mason has performed with the Austin Soundwaves, Austin Youth Orchestra, Austin Chamber Music Center and was admitted to several universities in first order. musical programs at the time of his death.
Live concerts in the music studio have just started with many local ensembles and bands beginning to fill the schedule. Health safety protocols are in place.
Here are some highlights:
“The Pandemic is a Portal”, Density512 and Under 10
A hybrid in-person and virtual event featuring live music and videos created for online streaming, which reflects on the idea that “nothing could be worse than a return to normalcy”. Through works by Austin composers Matthew Lyons, James Tabata and Nicholas Perry Clark; works by acclaimed composers Fanny Hensel and George Lewis; and lyrics by Arundhati Roy, Matthew Lyons and Gwendolyn Brooks, this concert bridges a comeback and comes to terms with the past, present and future of the pandemic.
“Good Country”, a chamber opera
LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists), in collaboration with composer Keith Allegretti and librettist Celcelia Raker, to offer a workshop performance of the new chamber opera “Good Country”. The opera is about Charley Parkhurst, a transgender man who was a stagecoach driver during the California Gold Rush era from 1849.
Sextet Alex Coke and Carl Michel
“The Emissary” CD release concert. Saxophonist-flutist Coke and guitarist Michel bring together a band that includes Austin Symphony principal harpist Elaine Barber, pedal player Bob Hoffnar (Liminal Sound Series), double bassist James Suter and percussionist Carolyn Trowbridge on vibes.
Carpe Diem String Quartet: American Favorites
Nov 12-13, Live and virtual tickets available
New and Classic American Works Amy Beach, Korine Fujiwara, Jonathan Bingham and Antonín Dvorák ‘American’ String Quartet No. 12. Presented by Austin Chamber Music Center.
CRITICAL_BATTERY, Density 512
Percussionist, sound engineer, bandmate and Density512 collective member Jordan Walsh performs the latest iteration of his Electronic Integration Project (EIP), an ongoing effort to expand the reach of electronic music in classical contexts. “BATTERY_CRITICAL” will be presented without a sound engineer and without a lifeline, just a performer and his laptop.