The Legend of Big Bend
Stateside Theater at the Paramount
“… the perfect soundtrack for the movie playing out your car window on any drive west of San Angelo."
Montopolis turns west Texas tales into song in this concert premier inspired by Big Bend National Park. The performance weaves science, history, poetry and personal stories into music inspired by the land and the people that have walked upon it. Music and story are accompanied by breathtaking video that captures the epic grandeur of the vast high desert wilderness.
Advanced ticket purchasers will receive a $10.00 Whole Earth Provision Company gift certificate for every ticket purchased.
Led by composer Justin Sherburn, Montopolis combines country, folk, and rock styles into modern classical arrangements the Austin Chronicle has called "stunning and transcendent". The group produces multi-media events that combine live music with video and interactive story telling. The musicians include members of the Austin Symphony, Okkervil River, The Polyphonic Spree and the Tosca String Quartet. Montopolis hopes to inspire responsible stewardship of our natural resources through performances that celebrate the beauty of nature.
“This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.”
"By highlighting instruments not typically associated with contemporary classical music, Sherburn and his collective have created a perfect soundtrack for the movie playing out your car window on any drive west of San Angelo."
"Though envisioned as a multimedium experience of Southwestern idyllics, the transcendent compositions of Music for Enchanted Rock stand alone."
Music for Enchanted Rock
Music for Enchanted Rock Album Release Nov 12 at North Door
Montopolis has a uniquely Texan approach to classical ambient music with influences ranging from Bob Wills to Arvo Part. String trio, pedal steel guitar, and piano are accompanied by Rip Shaub’s landscape photography and the legends of Enchanted Rock. Composer Justin Sherburn performing with Leigh Mahoney and Sara Nelson (Tosca String Quartet), Alejandro Duque (Austin Symphony), and Bob Hoffnar (Liminal Sound Series).
“Music for Enchanted Rock” is the latest Montopolis recording to be released by the Wren and Shark record collective. These pieces modulate between expanses of drone and noise sculptures to counterpoint and melody driven songs. New western themes are slowed to a geologic tempo and wrapped in layers of slowly morphing harmony, paying homage to the mythological and the sacred.
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“Seeks out the incidental beauties of nature with a keenness that would make Terrence Malick proud.” Variety
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