CAUGHT IN TREETOPS
Every year Fast Forward Austin assembles a chamber orchestra of fearless Austin musicians to perform a major piece of repertoire on the Fast Forward Austin music festival, an 8 hour marathon event featuring musicians from Austin and around the country. In past years we have given the Austin premiere of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Donnacha Dennehy’s That the Night Come, among other works. This year we will present the US premiere of rising star UK composer, Charlotte Bray’s Violin Concerto, Caught in Treetops. Sarah Silver, newly appointed Assistant Concertmaster for the San Antonio Symphony, will collaborate with the Fast Forward Orchestra to bring this vital new piece to Austin.
Inspired by the poetry of Dante Rosetti and Garcia Lorca, Caught in Treetops is an explosive showcase for the violinist set against a deftly scored chamber orchestra accompaniment. The intense, mercurial work moves from playful whimsy to impassioned virtuosity, exhibiting Bray’s distinctive and commanding voice. With commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Proms, and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, among others, Bray has quickly become one of the leading composers of her generation.
Over the past five years Fast Forward Austin has presented an eclectic cross section of new music – contemporay chamber music, experimental bluegrass, avant-pop, creative improvisation, and more. Our events place these many styles along side each other, creating an exciting cross-genre dialog that offers a snap shot of the most current trends in progressive, adventurous music. The 2015 festival will include sets by the Golden Hornet Project, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, R WE WHO R WE, Resound duo, and the Austin New Music Co-Op, among others. Presenting Bray’s work along side such a diverse and wide-ranging cross section of artists presents a unique opportunity for our Central Texas audience.
Finally, we are particularly excited to bring together violinst Sarah Silver and the Fast Forward Orchestra. Facilitating collaboration between artists from Austin, Central Texas, and the UK speaks to the festival’s central mission of connecting Austin’s new music scene to the global musical conversation.
Excerpt from ‘Caught in the Treetops’. Choreography & Dance Maria Nurmela
Music Charlotte Bray. Performed by Alexandra Wood & Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under Oliver Knussen
An excerpt from the Fast Forward Orchestra’s 2014 performance of Donnacha Dennehy’s “That the Night Come” conducted by Peter Bay and featuring Soprano Kathryn Findlen. Live recording from the North Door, Fast Forward Austin 2014.
Start and End Dates
04/25/2015 — 04/26/2015