Sep 14 2019
Uncommon Practice

Uncommon Practice

Presented by Austin New Music Co-op at Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall

NMC is excited to present a concert of new works performed entirely on instruments associated with “early music.” We’ll coax new sounds out of anachronistic keyboard instruments like harpsichord, clavichord, and portative organ; predecessors to orchestral strings such as viola da gamba and medieval vielle; and throwbacks to the middle ages like psaltery, recorder, and organistrum (the grandfather of the hurdy gurdy). These instruments existed in a world before the “common practice” period of western classical music. They are the ancestors of the carefully refined arsenal of instruments today’s musicians take for granted. Their strange and raw sounds harken back to a time when musical rules were less rigid and experimentation was the norm — which is where NMC composers feel most at home.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


Admission Info

$16.00 Tickets available at the door
$14.00 Advance tickets available now
$12.00 Student tickets

Phone: 5124234888


Dates & Times

2019/09/14 - 2019/09/14

Additional time info:

The program will set aside period music, in favor of four new works representing a wide range of instrumental history beginning roughly in the 12th century and ending at the start of the 17th century. Composers Brent Fariss, Jon Mayse, Andrew Stoltz and Travis Weller will coax new sounds and novel musical scales from these historical instruments. NMC looks forward to sharing music that, while created today, looks back to a time when a keyboard was “cutting edge” technology.

Location Info

Jessen Auditorium in Homer Rainey Hall

21st and University Ave., Austin, TX 78712