Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 15, 2014
This month’s “Beat the Rush” free concert at the Blanton Museum of Art is guest curated by Fast Forward Austin which has assembled a line-up of music for percussion and dance by Fast Forward co-founders and composers Ian Dicke, Steven Snowden and Robert Honstein.
The “Beat the Rush” concert is at 5:30 p.m. at the Blanton and admission is free. It’s a part of the museum’s monthly “Third Thursday” slate of free evening activities.
Line Upon Line percussion ensemble will play Snowden’s ‘A Man With a Gun Lives Here,’ written just for the much-celebrated Austin ensemble and now one of its signature pieces. Snowden based the 12-minute on symbols used by hobos during the Great Depression — a secret pictographic language to used by hobos to indicate which houses offered food, water and work or to direct each other away from dangerous situations. Writes Snowden: “Like those resourceful hobos, (this piece) makes use of very limited materials. All activity is centered on a single bass drum. Other items utilized include steel plates, rubber balls, and a paper bag containing three pounds of loose buckshot.” Watch a video of “A Man With a Gun Live Here.”
Line Upon Line will also play Dicke’s Cathedral of Junk-inspired, ‘Missa Materialis,” that uses objects inlcuding a garbage can, boombox radio, saw, plastic water bottles and shopping bags.
And in their first Austin appearance, Houston based Frame Dance Productions unveils new choreography to Honstein’s symphonic percussion odyssey ‘An Index of Possibility’ performed live by Baylor Percussion Group members.
Founded by composers Dicke, Snowden and Honstein, Fast Forward Austin are purveyors of the annual Fast Forward Austin Festival as well as other performances of new music by local, national and international composers.