Listen up Austin: The cinematic sounds of Justin Sherburn

Alt classical, indie classical, hybrid classical  — Austin composer Justin Sherburn describes his style as ambient classical.

Sherburn’s had a long and varied career, playing with bands like indie folk Okkervil River and the Django Reinhardt-ish 8 1/2 Souvenirs. Theater scenesters know Sherburn for his award-winning scores to several Trouble Puppet Theatre shows, Tongue and Groove Theatre and Sky Candy.

Listen to Sherburn’s “Music for Puppets” free compilation CD.

Sherburn’s been burning it up lately.

This spring his valentine to Enchanted Rock — a piece for strings, piano, pedal-steel and live laptop effects with Leon Alesi’s poetic photographs of the Texas geological wonder screened large — proved so popular Sherburn and his Montopolis Ensemble had to stage an encore performance.

composer Justin Sherburn. Photo by Leon Alesi
Austin composer Justin Sherburn. Photo by Leon Alesi

This weekend, Sherburn and Montopolis are featured in “Loop Mass,” an immersive concert staged by Austin Museum of Digital Art that’ll have looping video by 50 artists projected onto onto a massive floor-to-ceiling, suspended sculpture. Audience members can roam during the show.

Sherburn will be featured Friday night. On his set list is music from “Enchanted Rock” and also selections from his score for the 1920s silent film masterpiece “Man With a Movie Camera.”

Info on “Loop Mass” here: www.amoda.org/events/loop-mass/

Listen up to three movements from “Enchanted Rock” and a long section of “Man With a Movie Camera.”

 

 

 

“Listen Up Austin” is an occasional blog series featuring Austin music makers.

 

 

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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