Join us for Living Coast Workshop 3, a free show at the Carousel Lounge. We will hear audio clips of interviews from people along the Texas Gulf Coast and respond with music from the nine piece Montopolis ensemble.
Featuring composer Justin Sherburn’s original music, video by Anlo Sepulveda (Yakona), and archival photography of the Great Galveston Hurricane, the deadliest storm in US history. Surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists all share their stories in interviews about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry, and incredible
Featuring composer Justin Sherburn’s original music, video by Anlo Sepulveda (Yakona), and archival photography of the Great Galveston Hurricane, the deadliest storm in US history. Surfers and sailors, shrimpers and oilmen, poets and scientists all share their stories in interviews about this complicated region of serene beauty, vast industry, and incredible contradictions.
Sherburn has reunited with collaborator Anlo Sepulveda, co-director of the film Yakona (winner of the 2014 SXSW audience award) and drone pilot Reagan Jobe (Outkast FPV) to create some truly original and stunning imagery. A native of Corpus Christi, Anlo’s knowledge of the region combined with Reagan’s drone flying virtuosity has enabled them to capture never before seen perspectives of beaches and wetlands, oil rigs and refineries, epic kite surfing, and industrial fishing boats – a complete visual portrait of life on the coast.
New York Times published author Timothy Braunhas contributed a historical adaptation of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 which will be performed live by voice actor Robert A Kraft. This reading will be accompanied by archival photography and a score provided by Montopolis that translates the violence and terror of this unparalleled hurricane event into music.
Fourth in the Montopolis concert series about places in Texas, The Living Coast is their most ambitious musical incarnation to date with a horn section, string section, and rock rhythm section featuring members of the Tosca String Quartet, Okkervil River, the Polyphonic Spree, and the Austin Symphony.
Zach Matteson – violin
Blake Turner – viola
Sara Nelson – cello
Michael St. Clair – trombone
Derek Phelps – trumpet
Andy Beaudoin – drums
Einar Pedersen – bass
Gray Parsons – guitar and roto toms
Justin Sherburn – piano and synthesizers
2019 MONTOPOLIS PRESS
“This is exquisitely beautiful and consistently engaging music, made all the more extraordinary by the way Montopolis presents it in live performances”
“Montopolis can create forceful sounding songs that have a bit of rock ‘n roll snarl, but it is also capable of mournful classical sounding pieces and others that are mysterious and ambient. The group’s range of expression is striking…”
Led by composer Justin Sherburn, Montopolis combines country, folk, and rock styles into modern classical arrangements. The group produces multi-media events that combine live music with video and interactive story telling. Montopolis hopes to inspire responsible stewardship of our natural resources through performances that celebrate the beauty of nature. Montopolis is a proud member of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Historical Foundation.
The Austin Creative Alliance is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department's Cultural Arts Division and by grants from Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts which believes that a great nation deserves great art. The Creative Alliance also receives generous in-kind support from CreateAustin, and Time Warner Cable News. We are also grateful for the ongoing support and participation of our members and patrons.