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Austin Classical Guitar Narratives Series

July 8, 2016, Arts

Austin Classical Guitar gets into summer reading in a big way with three concerts featuring music inspired by and blended with poetry and fiction from prominent writers such as James Agee, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, and James Joyce. The series – conceived by guest artistic director Tom Echols, sponsored by Kirkus Reviews, and produced in partnership with BookPeople and Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, launched on June 25 with KUTX on-air host John Aielli, soprano Estelí Gomez, guitarists Alejandro Montiel and Isaac Bustos, bassist DaXun Zhang, poet Tyler Gobble, and line upon line percussion, which premiered Joseph V. Williams II's musical setting of five poems by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa. The remaining concerts will be held at the Blanton Museum's auditorium, 200 E. MLK. For more information, visit

Process [Middle]

Saturday, July 9, 7pm
Texts of Julio Cortázar and Jorge Luis Borges explore the messiness of process with process-driven music by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, Steve Reich, and others. Artists include New York-based violinist Jennifer Choi, composer-performer Justin Sherburn of Okkervil River, guitarist Chad Ibison, flutist Karen Gallant, percussionist Andrew Beaudoin, and projection artist Sasha Cwalino.

Nocturne [End]

Saturday, July 30, 7pm
An investigation of sleep, repose, and endings, as expressed in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake and works by Walt Whitman, John Dowland, and Benjamin Britten. Artists include tenor Christopher LeCluyse and guitarist Joseph Palmer.

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