MOTHER FALCON performs the song "MARIGOLD" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY LEAH HOBBS
Austin has seen a number of solid orchestral pop and rock outfits in recent years, but perhaps none have created more buzz than Mother Falcon. The young group -- which is comprised of a rotating group of 15 to 20 musicians and boasts three cellos, six violins, horns a plenty, several pianos, a bassoon and a glockenspiel -- have developed a huge following in their native Austin, receiving as many accolades for their innovative chamber performances as for their electrifying live rock club performances. Beginning as an after school jam among a handful of orchestra students looking for a more creative outlet than reading sheet music, Mother Falcon expanded into an organic collective of classically trained musicians unafraid to explore their varied musical influences.
Their debut EP, Still Life, was released in early 2010 and spawned the local hit "Marigold." Mother Falcon's first full-length album, Alhambra, was released in February 2011 to immediate raves, and now the band has released their acclaimed sophomore flu length, You Knew. NPR Music recently premiered the first track off the album, "Dirty Summer," naming the band an Artist To Discover At SXSW 2013 where the orchestral-rock ensemble won audiences over with their string of unique performances, resulting in NPR Music including the band in "Bob Boilen's 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013."
In just three years together, the collective have crafted a signature soundscape by blending rock and hip hop rhythms with swirling horns and massed strings that alternately dominate then dance behind complex vocals balancing the choirboy croons of Tamir Kalifa and Maurice Chammah against the ethereal harmonies of Claire Puckett, and the plaintive wails of Nick Gregg and Matt Puckett. At the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Austin Music Awards, Mother Falcon won the "Best None of The Above" award, and performed at the 2011 and 2012 ceremonies. The Austin Critics Table also nominated the group as "Best New Ensemble" in 2011, and that same year they performed at the abandoned Seaholm Power Plant with 100 additional string players as the opening event at the 2011 Fusebox Festival. In 2012 Mother Falcon headlined The Austin Chamber Music Festival, selling out the legendary Antone's Club.
To support You Knew, Mother Falcon launched the "Dirty Summer Tour" moving to New York City for the month of June and to Los Angeles during all of August for weekly club residencies and regional touring. In July, the band will conduct its second annual Music Laboratory, a summer camp for middle and high school orchestra students. In the fall the band will complete the score to the documentary film "Star Nation" and next spring they will compose music for "The Brothers Grimm" a stage production at The Scottish Rite Children's Theater.
As orchestral collaborators, Mother Falcon has worked with composers Peter Stopschinski, Graham Reynolds and Jherek Bishoff and has performed live with Amanda Palmer, Raul Midon, Tony Trishka, SPEAK, Kelli Scar, Johnny Landesman, Gary Lucas and Christopher Cross.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer / Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Cinematographer: Rob DiGiola
Recorded & Mixed By: Taylor Nelson
Co-Producer/ Talent Booker: Leah Hobbs
Atara Gottschalk: Admin
Photography: Rob DiGiola
PAs: Lydia Reed, Chloe Robinson
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