We'll have a new Austin360 Artist of the Month next week as September begins, but for now, here's one last look at this month's featured act, the classical-pop multimedia ensemble Montopolis.
When we visited with bandleader Justin Sherburn at the beginning of August, Montopolis was gearing up for a debut performance of "The Living Coast," an ambitious and enthralling work set to footage of the Texas coastal region shot by filmmaker Anlo Sepulveda, who has collaborated with Sherburn for years. The performance, which took place Aug. 2 at Stateside at the Paramount, also included narrative from Austin jazz vocalist Robert A. Kraft.
Beginning with scenic Gulf Coast panoramas set to uplifting instrumental compositions, "The Living Coast" then transitioned into a storytelling segment about the 1900 hurricane in Galveston that killed thousands of people. A passage focusing on the intersection of industry and the environment along the coast followed before a conclusion that brought the production full-circle with scenes of natural wonder and beautiful music to match.
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We've compiled a few excerpts from that performance in this video, with some bonus footage at the end from the group's June 6 performance at North Door that featured their previous production, "The Legend of Big Bend," which was set largely to crowd-sourced photos. Watch it here:
Check out the rest of this year's Austin360 Artist of the Month features:
July: Riders Against the Storm
June: Michael Fracasso
May: Eimaral Sol
April: Pat Byrne
March: Abhi the Nomad
February: Go Fever
January: Lesly Reynaga
Also: More Austin360 Artist of the Month videos