History of Inversion Ensemble

Season Five 2020-21
Season Four 2019-20
Season Three 2018-19
Season Two 2017-18
Season One 2017

Season Five 2020-21

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Season Four 2020-21

Inaugural concert of Inversion Ensemble Da Capo
July 13, 2019 Austin Texas
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World premières:
53. Please Speak by Robbie LaBanca
54. O Sacrum Convivium by Stephanie K. Andrews
54. The Perils of Procrastination by Marjorie Halloran
56. ¡Ayúdame! (Venezuelan Plea for Life) by Carlos Cordero

Aether: Earth—conservation/nature
Inversion Ensemble Coda
August 10, 2019
Saint John United Methodist Church
Austin, Texas
August 11, 2019
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Austin, Texas
A portion of the proceeds from these concerts will be shared with Lone Star Sierra Club.
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World premières:
57.The Heart of the Tree by Marjorie Halloran
58. The Song of the Harp Seal by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
59. Symbiosis by Robbie LaBanca

Aether: Air—inspiration/wind
Inversion Ensemble
Saturday September 28, 2019
Wesleyan at Estrella Independent Living
Georgetown, Texas
September 29, 2019
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Austin, Texas
A portion of the proceeds from these concerts was shared with Travis Audubon.
World premières:
60. Sunset from Watercolors by Emerging Composer Contest Winner Christopher Fludd
61. Wren by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
62. The Last Transmissions of Amelia Earhart by Robbie LaBanca
63. A Cloud by Alsu Nigmatullina
64. u n u n d e r s t a n d i n g by Bethany Younge
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Southwestern University Sarofim Music Series
Inversion Ensemble
Guest conductor Beth Everett with Southwestern University Chorale
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Alma Thomas Theater Sarofim School of Fine Arts
Southwestern University 1001 E. University Ave. Georgetown, TX 78626
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Austin Woman's Club
Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11 AM
Chateau Bellevue
708 San Antonio Street
Austin, TX 78701

Aether: Fire—passion/psyche
Inversion Ensemble
February 29, 2020 Austin, Texas
March 1, 2020 Austin, Texas
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World premières:
65. your little voice by Anuj Bhutani
66. fire triptych by Joshua Chai
67. Fireflies by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
68. The Inferno by Robbie LaBanca
69. Swirls by Trevor Shaw
70. The Heart Asks by Trevor Villwock

Statement on Coronavirus Pandemic
See Artistic Director Trevor Shaw's statement on the Coronavirus Pandemic here.

Inversion Ensemble I. album release June 2020
We are thrilled to announce the release of our first studio album, Inversion Ensemble I. This album comprises the work of four of our in-house composers and features some of the finest musicians in Central Texas. We recorded this album over several sessions in 2019 and 2020 at Space ATX and Concordia University Texas with the help of Dr. Joshua Chai. Artistic Director Trevor Shaw, Managing Director Robbie LaBanca, and Inversion Ensemble member Juli Orlandini complied, mastered, and produced the album. Inversion Ensemble I. features a breadth of musical styles, themes, and unique compositional voices that take the listener on an auditory journey through the lens of new music. We invite you to take a moment to experience Inversion Ensemble I. with us. See liner notes here.

See Inversion Ensemble's Quarantunes project here.

Black Lives Matter
See Inversion Ensemble's statement on Black Lives Matter here.

Inversion Ensemble Da Capo Sweet Radiant Mystery by Catherine Dalton recorded remotely for a collaborative project and release July 29, 2020

Asleep in a Blanket Spun of Energy by Adrienne Inglis and Trevor F. Shaw recorded by Inversion Ensemble and friends from all over the country and released August 5, 2020

Aether: Water—intuition/femininity
Happy Hour and Watch Party
Saturday August 29, 2020 6:30-8 PM central time
Watch and listen here.
World premières:
71. El mar by Adrienne Inglis
72. Aquatic Suite by Robbie LaBanca
73. Selections from Vignettes Overseas by Stephanie K. Andrews
74. Tide Cycle by Andrew Dyet
75. Call to Me by Kelsey Hohnstein-Reinhart
76. moon fragments by Phillip Michael Bernard
77. Water's Voice by Marjorie Halloran


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Season Three 2020-21

Journey of the Soul: songs of travel and enlightenment
August 12, 2018 Pflugerville, Texas
Inversion Ensemble’s 2018-2019 season kicked off with the inaugural performance of Inversion Ensemble: Coda. This newly-formed group of seasoned singers will present a concert entitled Journey of the Soul that transports the listener to far-away lands, deep into their spirits, and along the shores of memory. The first performance of our brand new ensemble featured works by Adrienne Inglis, Marjorie Halloran, Alexander Johnson, Robbie LaBanca and more.
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World premières:
33. Triptych for Flute by Robbie LaBanca
34.On a Journey by Robbie LaBanca

I, Too, Sing America: songs of our shared history
October 6, 2018 Austin, Texas
October 7, 2018 Austin, Texas
Download the Oct. 6-7 program here.
October 21, 2018 Georgetown, Texas
Download the Oct. 21 program here.
November 9, 2018 Lakeway, Texas
This provocative program explores songs of our shared history. Topics range from gun violence and equal rights to resistance and witchcraft trials with texts by MLK, Alice Duer Miller, Michael Dennis Brown and more. Inversion Ensemble presents a new composition by Carlos Cordero, the winner of its very first Emerging Composer Contest, plus new works by Trevor F. Shaw, Adrienne Inglis, Stephanie K. Andrews, Robbie LaBanca, Marjorie Halloran, Melissa Dunphy, Paul Ayres, and more. The October 2018 concert I Too, Sing, America was named one of 2018's Top Classical Performances by Austin Chronicle. The Austin Critics Table nominated I, Too, Sing America for the best Concert/Opera performance of 2018-19 and three of the pieces on that concert for best Original Composition/Score: Innocent Blood by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP), Emerging Composer Contest winner Nada de turbe by Carlos Cordero, and Three Rhymes for Suffrage Times by Robbie LaBanca.
World premières:
35. I would rather die than hate you by Paul Ayers
36. Nada de turbe by Carlos Cordero [Emerging Composer Contest Winner]
37. Innocent Blood by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
38. Three Rhymes for Suffrage Times by Robbie LaBanca
39. Sanctus (for a false Messiah) by Trevor F. Shaw

Dream Keeper: songs of sleep and visions
March 2, 2019 Austin, Texas
March 3, 2019 Austin, Texas
Inversion Ensemble explores the deep reaches of the human imagination through songs of sleep and visions in its project Dream Keeper. The program spans the distance between slumber and the waking world from lullabies to nightmares. This immersive concert experience features premieres of new works by local composers Trevor F. Shaw, Robbie LaBanca, Adrienne Inglis, Stephanie K. Andrews, Trevor Villwock, and Marjorie Halloran with guest conductor and Ars Longa Artistic Director, Steven Brennfleck.
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World premières:
40. Berceuse by Stephanie K. Andrews
41. Asleep in a Blanket Spun of Energy by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) with Electronic Track, Trevor Shaw (ASCAP)
42. A Child's Nightmare by Robbie LaBanca
43. Dreamfall by Trevor F. Shaw (ASCAP)
44. dreaming of zeno by Trevor Villwock

University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music Composer Workshop
May 7, 2019 Austin, Texas

Heroes and Monsters: songs of legends and beasts
June 1, 2019 Austin, Texas
June 2, 2019 Austin, Texas
With new works by living composers, Inversion Ensemble fleshes out the richness of our cultural heritage that fear and revere legends, heroes, monsters, and beasts.
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World premières:
45. ΔAIMΩN, Dämon by Joshua Chai
46. The Rage and Reconciliation of King Lear by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) 47. Cimmeria, Land of Darkness by Robbie LaBanca
48. Message of Puissant Baal by Michael Alec Rose
49. Ladon by Trevor F. Shaw (ASCAP)
50. Two Palimpsests on Athena by Trevor Villwock
51. Oread by Alexander Johnson
52. To the weight on my chest by Marjorie Halloran


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Season Two 2020-21

The Universal Chamber: Voices and Strings
September 30, 2017 Austin, Texas
October 1, 2017 Pflugerville, Texas
An epic voyage through total musical immersion, this program of new choral and instrumental music explores the literal and poetic journey from earth to outer space featuring new works by Trevor Shaw, Stephanie K. Andrews, Robbie LaBanca, Adrienne Inglis, Alex Johnson, Carlos Cordero, and fellow C4 composers Karen Siegel and Carlos Pérez Tabares.
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World premières:
15. Let Everything Happen by Stephanie K. Andrews
16. Espejo by Carlos Cordero
17. Amata by Alexander Johnson
18. Hymnus Iuppiter by Robbie LaBanca
19. Neither Cruel nor Kind by Robbie LaBanca
20. Beyond by Trevor F. Shaw

Colors Harmonic
February 10, 2018 Cedar Park, Texas
February 24, 2018 Georgetown, Texas
February 25, 2018 Austin, Texas
This thrilling concert centers around color as inspiration for the text and music, exploring the full spectrum of visual and musical colors in this fully immersive artistic experience. The concert venues each featured an art installation by local Austin artists.
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World premières:
21. Lux Aeterna by Stephanie K. Andrews
22. Cochineal by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP) and Walter Torres (BMI)
23. Chartreuse by Robbie LaBanca
24. the sea is awash with roses by Robbie LaBanca
25. Shadow by Robbie LaBanca
26. Aquamarine by Trevor F. Shaw

Perplexed Music
June 2, 2018 Austin, Texas
June 3, 2018 Pflugerville, Texas
The sonnet has been a beloved poetic form since its creation in thirteenth century Italy and, in its nearly 800 year history, many of the most well-known poets have found their voice in its structure. Perplexed Music presents new compositions based on sonnets7 by William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Allen Ginsberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Luis Martín de la Plaza, and more.
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World premières:
27. Doves of St. Nicholas Church by Marjorie Halloran
28. El sol by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
29. Thy Eternal Summer by Inglis, Johnson, LaBanca, Shaw
30. Two Sonnets by Robbie LaBanca
31. Two German Sonnets by Trevor F. Shaw

Inversion Ensemble Tour
July 22, 2018 Dallas, Texas
Inversion Ensemble collaborates with Clinton Bray, Guest Conductor and Organist and members of Orpheus Chamber Singers in varied program of new choral music.
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World premières:
32. Set me as a seal by Bryan Page


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Season One 2020-21

Singing of Spirit and Nature
February 25, 2017 Austin, Texas
The very first concert of Inversion Ensemble presents new choral works which honor the divinity in both the deities we worship and the natural world that surrounds us. Featured composers include Austin locals Trevor Shaw, Robbie LaBanca, Adrienne Inglis, Steven Serpa, Eric Johnson, and Dallas-based Clinton Bray.
World premières:
1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Clinton Bray
2. On the Mystery of the Incarnation by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
3. The Lord's Prayer by Eric Johnson
4. Circle Song by Robbie LaBanca
5. Ode to a Tardigrade by Trevor F. Shaw
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Sublime Nonsense
June 3, 2017 Austin, Texas
This program of songs of love and heartbreak and songs of free of traditional language featured works by Stephanie K. Andrews, Brent Baldwin, Phillip Michael Bernard, Adrienne Inglis, Alexander Johnson, Robbie LaBanca, Fahad Siadat, Trevor F. Shaw, and Toby Twining.
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World premières:
6. Wedding Prayer by Stephanie K. Andrews
7. Cantus In Memorium Pauline Oliveros (1932 - 2016) by Brent Baldwin
8. Letters to Faith by Adrienne Inglis (ASCAP)
9. Four Nocturnes by Alexander Johnson
10. Echoes: Vocalise for Two Masked Singers by Robbie LaBanca
11. Eternal Place by Robbie LaBanca
12. Here Before the Sunrise Blue by Robbie LaBanca
13. Vampire by Robbie LaBanca
14. Aether by Trevor Shaw


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