Butterfly Bar Hosts a Night of New Classical Music

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The Tetractys New Music crew is charting fresh territory with a show designed to reveal and recognize the unique culture of our city’s music creators, gathering major players in Austin’s vibrant indie-classical scene for an evening resplendent with world premieres: Here Be Monsters.

“We’ve discovered that, for those outside of Austin, there isn’t much knowledge of the strong new music ecosystem that exists here,” says Tetractys co-director Michael Zapruder. “We’re asking, ‘What is our identity?’ We aim to answer that by uniting these groups in a single placemaking event to share with the community.”

The program, ready to bring its sonic glory to music-hungry ears on Sat., May 27, 5-10pm, features 15 performances by celebrated Austin musicians and includes 11 world premieres by Austin composers. Groups performing are: Invoke, Montopolis, Kraken Quartet, Density512, Golden Hornet, LOLA, One Ounce Opera, Convergence, Goliath Was Bigfoot, Tom Echols, Less Than 10 Music, Nathan Felix, VAMP, Studio A, and Tetractys New Music.

And where – and how – do you stage a groundbreaking event like this?

One Ounce Opera’s Julie Fiore, a collaborating producer for Here Be Monsters, wants audiences to immerse themselves in the music and the experience. “You can choose your own adventure,” she explains, “We’re taking over the entire Butterfly Bar space at the Vortex – inside and outside – with rotating performances on several stages. It’s like a mini-festival, where each group will fill a fifteen-minute slot and be scheduled throughout the five-hour program.”

Note: Tickets are available online for this all-ages event (and kids under 12 get in free). Of course the Butterfly Bar will be open and selling their popular array of craft cocktails, beer, and wine – and Patrizi’s will be available for those who want to purchase a fine Italian meal to enjoy with their music.

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