AUSTIN, TX – April 19, 2018 – Austin’s only choral ensemble dedicated to new music, Inversion Ensemble, is answering the call from singers over the age of 55 for an ensemble of their own: Inversion Ensemble: Coda (IE: Coda). This community ensemble will be dedicated to providing singers ages 55-plus with a fulfilling choral experience while learning and performing new choral music emphasizing local composers. Rehearsals will begin weekly, Thursday, June 14, culminating in a performance on August 12.
Inversion Ensemble was created three years ago, after artistic director Trevor Shaw and managing director Robbie LaBanca saw a need to create a choral ensemble dedicated to new music. Since it’s inception, Inversion Ensemble has become a group of semi professional singers, performing free concerts in Austin and surrounding areas, operating only on free will donations. Inversion Ensemble is also part of a larger community of new music choral ensembles called the C4 Network. Being a member of the C4 Network, they are allowed access to an entire library of new music and are able to submit their own performed composers to choirs across the country.
Being connected musicians throughout the Austin choral community, Shaw and LaBanca heard from many older and well seasoned singers that they, too, were interested in singing beyond the masterworks of Bach, Mozart, Haydn, etc. Thus began the idea of IE: Coda. “I have been thrilled that Inversion Ensemble’s audiences thus far have been very diverse in terms of age. Knowing that our fans 55 and older were so passionate about the vision of the ensemble, as well as new choral music in general, compelled me to start an offshoot of the main choir, geared toward that age group. I think it will be thrilling to tap into this sometimes overlooked wealth of musical experience. After all, many of the musicians we all revere most on this earth are (well) over 55; Arvo Part, Yo Yo Ma, and Rene Fleming,” explains Shaw.
“The name “Coda” suggests that there is still something more,” Shaw says about the name of the new ensemble. “There is more music that needs to be heard than can be contained in a single ensemble. There is so much more to be offered by musicians over 55. There is always more to musically explore beyond what we currently hear.”
Shaw also reminds us of some of the reasons why ensemble singing is important especially for aging members of our community. “In addition to the sense of camaraderie, members of IE: Coda may find themselves pleasantly surprised by their own capabilities as we navigate the world of new choral music together. Just as in IE’s flagship incarnation, Codawill be working directly with composers through the creative process. This season’s “Journey of the Soul” will be an exploration of what it means to reach new places, both geographically and in terms of the mind and soul’s journey to a place of enlightenment.”
IE: Coda will fall under the umbrella of Inversion Ensemble. Members will rehearse once a week and perform concerts at least twice a year, more as the ensemble grows. Members of IE: Coda will function similarly to Inversion Ensemble by offering premiers of new works and collaborations with Inversion Ensemble composers. IE: Coda i