Last year, California’s Chris Schlarb released his sprawling debut, Twilight and Ghost Stories, on Aesthmatic Kitty. The album took over 5 years to make and the final product is a dense collage that layers collected sounds, conversations, and musical pieces contributed by artists like Sufjan Stevens, Ray Raposa of the Castanets, Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean, Dave Longstreth from the Dirty Projectors, and a host of over 40 others, none of whom knew exactly what Schlarb was creating.
Needless to say, Twilight and Ghost Stories is not exactly a work that can be toured very easily, and a performance of the album has only been attempted once. Thanks to a special grant from the Meet the Composer program, though, Schlarb has brought his vision to Austin where tonight and tomorrow (July 29 and 30), he and an ensemble of 10 local musicians will present the piece. Among the Austin luminaries helping to bring Schlarb’s aural extravaganza to life are Sunset’s Bill Baird, Nick Hennies and Aaron Russell of the Weird Weeds, Chris Cogburn, and Jon Doyle.
The Salvage Vanguard Theater (where else?!) will host the event. Tuesday night’s show is free, but more of an open rehearsal, while on Wednesday, $10 will get you in the door and a copy of Twilight and Ghost Stories. Doors open at 8:00pm and shows begin at 9:00pm.