Erewhon

line upon line

Fusebox Festival’s opening night will feature the U.S. premier of Hugues Dufourt’s Erewhon, performed by Austin’s own line upon line percussion ensemble. Dufourt is widely considered one of the most significant post-World War II,French composers living today. His Erewhon (1972-76) is one of a handful of evening- length percussion works in existence. The work’s relative obscurity has mainly to do with its extraordinary instrumentation, which includes over 150 wooden, metal, skinned, and pitched percussion instruments. Only one group in the world has ever performed the work, Les Percussions de Strasbourg. The performance is free and open to the public.

Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance con- temporary music. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered 8 new works for percussion with 13 additional works currently in the collaborative process.

In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award-winning project, seeing times are not hidden, a site-specific work for custom chimes.

In 2011 and 2012, the trio was nominated for an Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Classical Ensemble.

The Austinist called line upon line “the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South.”

ARTIST WEBSITE: www.lineuponlinepercussion.com

Interview with Matt Teodori from line upon line percussion from Fusebox Festival on Vimeo.

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