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Austin artists ask the question "What is essential?" through a program of composed and choreographed "decluttering."

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more (Re)move workshopping

Posted on December 27, 2019 by line upon line percussion

This time – more rhythmic and with the owl and bells. 

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(Re)move workshop #1

Posted on December 20, 2019 by line upon line percussion

I (Matt) spent some time experimenting and improvising with the NMC guys and some of their cool instruments yesterday. Heloise Gold was there moving as well! 

We’re pumped!

Posted on July 3, 2019 by line upon line percussion

Very excited to be awarded a NewMusicUSA grant for this project! Looking forward to getting going on the creative side of it!


Beginning with a clean slate, the creator must decide what to add… right? On the flip side of this assertion, creation is just as often a process of subtraction and removal. Beauty and elegance can be born of stripping ideas and approaches down to what is truly necessary.

Composers know this because they’re surrounded by the brilliant ideas of their forerunners going back to time immemorial. How do you know when to let go of a tradition? How much is too much?

Percussionists, music’s “instrument hoarders,” spend a good portion of their careers reorganizing their rehearsal space and trying to figure out how to fit everything in their hatch-back for the gig. Better save this plank of wood I tuned to F#4!

In developing (Re)move, percussion trio line upon line, composers’ collective Austin New Music Co-op, and dancer/choreographer Heloise Gold will explore the extremes of maximalism and minimalism — decluttering our way to enlightenment.

line upon line has run the gamut from Reich’s Clapping Music to Iannis Xenakis’s Pleiades. New Music Co-op has created works that could be called “ultra-minimalist” or even “reductionist” while still embracing “everything and the kitchen sink” works like their US premiere of the full cycle of Cornelius Cardew’s The Great Learning. Heloise Gold’s sublime works run a full range from complex staging to seemingly simple creations of movement and sound. All involved share a common fascination with performance space and how it can be crafted to elevate the experience — something that will be key to exploring this theme. And while the artists involved have been working on projects together for the last several years, this will be the first time they’ve all worked on the same ambitious program over a long period of development.

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line upon line created our second full-length evening work, Potential, for the 2017 Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX. It is an example of an original site-specific work in which dance features prominently. The three composers of Austin New Music Co-op will be writing the score to (Re)move (rather than the members of line upon line), but our new project is similar to Potential in duration (60 minutes), its use of a new score and integration of dance.

NMC Presents: New Music for Skyspace
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A Skyspace is a naked-eye observatory by artist James Turrell where visitors view the sky through an opening in the ceiling called an oculus. In 2016 and 2018 NMC composers Brent Fariss, Andrew Stoltz, and Travis Weller presented three site-specific pieces for violin trio inspired by the experience of a sunset in the Skyspace and Turrell’s accompanying light sequence. Audiences experienced the composer’s live chamber score during the transition from daylight to darkness.

Red Sliders
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Features: Heloise Gold

Red Sliders was created by Pauline Oliveros specifically for dancer Heloise Gold and trombonist Steve Parker for SoundSpace, a series at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin. This performance took place on September 13, 2015. It is an example of Heloise’s ongoing passion for site-specific collaboration with new music composers and musicians.

Please start at the beginning and view to 2:53. Time permitting, fast forward to 5:23, and view until the end at 7:57.

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Austin, Texas

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Formed in 2009, line upon line is considered “a riveting, always-surprising and delightful trio” by the Austin American-Statesman. The Austin-based trio has premiered over 40 new works for percussion trio by composers such as Aaron Cassidy, Laurent Durupt, Andrew Greenwald, Jessie Marino, Claudia Molitor and Mauricio Pauly and has worked with composers at Stanford University,…

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Austin, Texas
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Austin, Texas
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composer (member of Austin New Music Co-op), musician
Austin, Texas
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