Balmorhea Coming To Casper [VIDEO]
In a concert that is a partnership between Casper College, the Natrona County School District and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Austin, Texas-based instrumental group Balmorhea will perform in concert at Casper College Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Durham Recital Hall, located in the Aley Fine Arts Center.
Balmorhea is a six-piece instrumental group from Austin, Texas. Founded by Rob Lowe and Michael Muller in 2006, the band has produced five full-length albums, including the forthcoming “Stranger,” which was just released.
Inceptually influenced by the band’s namesake, a tiny West Texas town of 500 people, Balmorhea’s early work reflected motifs of the American Southwest: the folklore of Texas settlers, the emotive proclamations of the mountainous setting, and intimate studies on solitude, nature, and night according to the group’s website. Slowly adding more members to the band over the years, including a string section and full percussion, Balmorhea’s rich and layered music continues to be simultaneously concise and complex, uniting a collection of ideas, textures, and sounds into one genre-defying landscape, the website noted.
Balmorhea, called “an exemplary experiment in restraint” by The New Yorker, has toured the US and Europe five times each, including shows with Fleet Foxes, Mono, Tortoise, Bear in Heaven, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Here We Go Magic, and others. Additionally the band has performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Hopscotch Festival. Their music has been featured and reviewed by Pitchfork, MOJO, NME, Time Out New York, Drowned in Sound, NPR, and many more.
Tickets for the concert are $10 each, and are available at the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra office, Wind City Books, Sadler’s Hallmark, and the Cadillac Cowgirl. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Additional information is available at wyomingsymphony.org, or by calling 307-266-1478.
A grant from Central Wyoming BOCES is supporting the event. Prior to the concert, the group will provide a two-hour workshop with Casper College string and percussion students and advanced high school students.
Here is a taste of what you can expect from the show.