KMFA and Sightlines are proud to present the New Music Mixer, a monthly happy hour series for classical music nerds and newbies alike at Friends and Allies Brewing. Join us at our next event for a conversation with featured composer Christopher Trapani. Kick back, enjoy $1 off your pint, and geek out over your love of new music!

The presentation portion of the evening will begin at 6:00 p.m.


If the main parking lot is full, additional parking is available behind the brewery. Turn in off of Springdale close to Airport at Dimension Gallery and go all the way back past Brothers Produce to the back lot. There is a paved walkway around the right side of the building to the front entrance.

Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: FREE

Presenter Details

  • Name: Christopher Trapani
  • The American/Italian composer Christopher Trapani maintains an active career in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Continental Europe. Commissions have come from the BBC, the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Modern, and Radio France, and his works have been heard at Carnegie Hall, Southbank Centre, Ruhrtriennale, IRCAM, and Wigmore Hall.

    Christopher’s music weaves American and European stylistic strands into a personal aesthetic that defies easy classification. Snippets of Delta Blues, Appalachian folk, dance band foxtrots, shoegaze guitar effects and Turkish makam can be heard alongside spectral swells and meandering canons. As in Christopher’s hometown of New Orleans, diverse traditions coexist and intermingle, swirled into a rich melting pot.

    Christopher Trapani was born in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA). He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard, then spent most of his twenties overseas: a year in London, working on a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music with Julian Anderson; a year in Istanbul, studying microtonality in Ottoman music on a Fulbright grant; and seven years in Paris, where he studied with Philippe Leroux and worked at IRCAM. Christopher earned a doctorate in 2017 from Columbia University in New York City, where he studied with with Tristan Murail, George Lewis, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Fred Lerdahl.

    Christopher is the winner of the 2007 Gaudeamus Prize. His scores have been performed by ICTUS, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Spektral Quartet, amongst others. Recent projects include PolychROME a co-commission from Ensemble L’Itinéraire and Ensemble Modern, for the 2017 Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.

    In 2015 he spent eight months in Stuttgart as a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, and in 2016-2017 spent eleven months at the American Academy in Rome as the winner of the Luciano Berio Rome Prize.

    He currently serves as Visiting Professor of Composition and Interim Director of the Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music.

    Christopher is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. His debut CD, Waterlines, featuring performances by Talea Ensemble, JACK Quartet, and others, was released on New Focus Recordings in 2018.

Venue Details

  • Address: 979 Springdale Rd #124
  • City: Austin
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78722