"Justin Sherburn has this film’s soundtrack composed and performed to perfection!""

-Kate X. Messer, The Austin Chronicle

"An exhilarating sensory immersion"

-Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter


YakonaLIVE premiered in Austin, Texas in 2014 and in 2017 will embark on a cross-country Canadian Tour.  The production pairs a live symphony orchestra performance with a film screening designed for soft-seat performing arts centres. Together these sensory elements amplify one another, making for a truly unique cinematic experience.

Yakona Live Performance

            The word “Yakona” means “water rising” in the language of the indigenous people of the San Marcos River in Texas. This award winning film is a visual journey through the crystal clear waters of the San Marcos River and its headwaters at Spring Lake, which is home to seven threatened or endangered species. The story takes you from prehistoric times, through the modern era, on an impressionistic journey from the perspective of the river.  Justin Sherburn composed the original score for the film and performs it live with Montopolis in a unique event billed as "Yakona LIVE".   
            The Yakona LIVE performance engages communities and highlights the need for stewardship of water resources by giving audiences a new perspective on rivers and an up- close look at the wildlife within their ecosystems. 
            The film follows the river from source to sea, through the changing seasons, interpreting the river’s time and memory by documenting the relationship between the natural world and humanity. Yakona speaks directly with its beauty while appealing to a higher nature. You begin to understand this is a river that yearns to remain unchanged despite everything that is changing around it.  While filming, many extraordinary changes occurred surrounding the springs and river, including the removal of the Aquarena Springs theme park, the restoration of Spring Lake and the uncovering of ancient human remains. 

Fore more information about the film visit YAKONA.ORG 
 

Past Performances                                                                                                                                 

  • 72 Degrees Festival, San Marcos, 2017 
  • Ozark Film Festival, Batesville, Arkansas, 2017
  • Texas Theater, Dallas, April 2017
  • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, November, 2016. 
  • 72 Degrees Festival, San Marcos, May 2016
  • Texas State University, San Marcos, September 2015
  • Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, April 2015
  • Texas Wild Rice Festival, March 2015
  • The North Door, Austin, November 2014

Yakona Soundtrack (2014)

Justin Sherburn

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  1. 1 Clovis Point 01:41
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  2. 2 Sparrows 02:54
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  3. 3 Waterloop 05:57
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  4. 4 Demolition 02:16
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  5. 5 The Flood to Flying 04:07
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  6. 6 Clovis Vox 01:56
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  7. 7 Hands on Water Intro 00:43
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  8. 8 Hands On Water 02:29
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  9. 9 Tony Kicks 01:43
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  10. 10 Recreation Part 1 04:12
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  11. 11 Recreation Part 2 02:35
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  12. 12 Gondola and Boy 01:55
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  13. 13 Aquarena 06:02
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  14. 14 Birth and Fire 01:49
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  15. 15 Battle and FireWorks 00:43
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  16. 16 Creek Murder 02:47
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  17. 17 Tony Death 04:16
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  18. 18 Turtle Kill Duck 04:02
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  19. 19 Water Piano 03:05
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  20. 20 Water Spirit 02:49
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  21. 21 Clovis Point 04:13
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  22. 22 Infrastructure 04:22
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