Stephen Barber

Astral Vinyl (Navona)

Texas Platters

Stephen Barber

Astral Vinyl (Navona)

Composer/arranger/keyboardist Stephen Barber haunts your daydreams with Astral Vinyl. Enlisting the collaborative and interpretative skills of the Tosca Strings ("Chanson Rond Point") and operatic regality of Lucy Schaufer ("Marbles"), the local Van Dyke Parks-like visionary lets the American Repertory Ensemble ("Conversatio Morum" movements), Meridian Arts Ensemble ("Multiple Points of View of a Fanfare" parts I and II), and combo the Boiler Makers ("Elvis and Annabelle" movements) do the heavy lifting. It's a rare contender in Austin's neoclassical genre, one not far removed from the work of Mother Falcon, and though Astral Vinyl isn't available on wax, it evokes Barber's luminous cool with pristine arrangements and elegant piano work. The enigmatic and innovative Barber – who counts in his credits work with David Byrne, Eric Johnson, Ornette Coleman, and Keith Richards – strikes a chord that resonates.

***

READ MORE
More Stephen Barber
Those Magic Moments
Those Magic Moments
Composer, classicist Stephen Barber's encoding and imprinting

Andy Langer, Oct. 25, 2002

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Mother Falcon
Good Luck Have Fun (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, Oct. 23, 2015

Texas Platters
Erin Ivey & Tosca String Quartet
Whisper of the Moon (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, Feb. 14, 2014

More by Margaret Moser
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?
Did I Know Bruce Springsteen Was Going to Play 2012?

March 3, 2017

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new

July 29, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Stephen Barber

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)