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GOLDEN HORNET’S THE Sound of Science

Golden Hornet’s “The Sound of Science,” is an evening-length concert presenting eight brand-new pieces of music by seven celebrated international composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet. From West African storytelling and collaborations with Herbie Hancock, to radioactive medical procedures and tours with St. Vincent, each composer involved is celebrated for their unfettered originality, yet unique in their creative process and experience. The composers self-selected an array of scientific minds which intrigued them musically, and which represent a range of research that has shaped humanity as a whole. All eight new works are inspired by and reflective of the scientist’s practice, and in some cases, even incorporate sounds sourced directly from their research. Co-curated by Zeigler and acclaimed composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds, “The Sound of Science” brings the two disciplines together in a celebration of their shared culture of inquiry, and invites audiences to explore the importance of – and connections between – different kinds of creation and discovery in the quest for a deeper understanding of the world around us and each other.

Commissioned by Golden Hornet. Co-commissioned by Kathleen & Harvey Guion. The Austin premiere is made possible in part by Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson.



Paola Prestini is one of the most visionary multimedia composers of our time and to date, much of her most inspired music has been written for cello. This program brings the listener to one of her earliest interdisciplinary works created with VisionIntoArt and then takes us forward to her most recent creation with the famed director, Robert Wilson.

(M)iyamoto is Black Enough

(M)iyamoto is Black Enough is a collaborative exploration of meaning and conversation; a contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary that utilizes steelpan, cello, drums, and poetry/vocals. The performance is complex and aggressive, and involves all elements equally in a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.

Something of Life

Something of Life is a sonic exploration of human existence. The journey begins with the discovery of humans through religion before continuing on a path through fantasy, magic, memories and the cosmos.


We Were fridays

My father ran from his past the moment he was born. He had no choice in the matter, he was conceived out of wedlock. So as an infant he had to leave his birth place of St. Matthews, South Carolina to be raised with relatives in Philadelphia. 

Eventually, my Dad ran from Philly too. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17. His first assignment: Thule, Greenland. Two tours of Vietnam later he met my Mom in Japan. He convinced her to run with him to California. That was where I entered the picture.

I grew up with no clue where I was from. My Dad was no help - his info was spotty too. After all, he had been running his entire life.

I met my second cousin, Burnice when I was a teenager. The best way to describe her is that she was the family chronicler. She taught me about my family history. She was a Friday and she taught me that I was a Friday too. My great great great grandfather was a slave. His father was a slave owner. His mother was a slave from West Africa. We were Fridays.

In his most deeply personal project yet, Jeffrey Zeigler will explore the complex legacies and fractured lines that we all carry with us. It is a story of restlessness and forbidden love, a story told through solo cello Directed by Jessica Grindstaff of Phantom Limb and featuring the famed butoh dancer, Dai Matsuoka.