This is going to be amazing!
Montopolis Duo featuring Justin Sherburn and Sara Nelson February 1, 8 p.m. $15 The Grackle Art Gallery
For the last decade, Justin Sherburn has toured with renowned indie rock group Okkervil River, composed for feature films, and produced music for Austin theater and dance companies, all while refining the unique approach to modern classical music represented on his latest album, “Music for Enchanted Rock.” His awards include the audience award at SXSW Film Festival, "Best Music" at the Ocean Blue Film Festival, the B Iden Payne award for best musical director and best original score, and the Austin Critics Table award for Music Composition. His most recent soundtrack work on “The Power of Pearl”, a documentary about the Pacific Ocean pearl industry and climate change, will premier in 2019. He has had a long and varied career as a touring musician, working with Okkervil River and the 8 1/2 Souvenirs, sharing the stage with legends such as Willie Nelson, Roky Erickson, Brian Setzer and Wilco, appearing on the David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Jimmy Fallon television shows, and performing at festivals around the globe from Coachella to Primavera Sound in Barcelona to the Laneway Festival in Australia. As a musician, Justin Sherburn has had a decade's long career as a pianist and guitarist performing jazz, rock, folk and tango and embracing the traditional role that each of these genres demand. As a composer, he draws on these traditions within a modern classical framework. His original compositions combine traditional orchestral instrumentation with analog synthesizers, digital programming, and field recordings. Justin’s group “Montopolis” produces multi-media events that combine music performance with projected imagery and storytelling themed around geographic points of interest in Texas. Inspired by the landscape, Sherburn hopes to inspire environmental stewardship in others through his art. Cellist Sara Nelson is a native of Houston, Texas, where she graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In 1990, she moved to Austin where she completed her Bachelor of Cello Performance degree with Paul Olefsky at the University of Texas. In 1997 she became a founding member of the Tosca String Quartet, which has garnered an international reputation by collaborating with renowned artists from a variety of genres, including David Byrne, Bob Schneider, the Dixie Chicks and Spoon. From 2001-2005 Sara and the Tosca Strings joined Mr. Byrne on two world tours and his album, Grown Backwards. A continuing collaboration with local pianist/accordionist/composer Glover Gill has led to Tosca's fluency in Argentine tango, as well as concerts in Buenos Aires, California and Texas, and appearances in the movie and soundtrack of Waking Life. Sara is currently a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra.