Our String Quartet Smackdown Makes The Chronicle’s Top 10 Artsy Events!

Golden Hornet Project (My non-profit with fellow composer Graham Reynolds) presented a string quartet composition contest in November modeled after a 16 bracket single elimination tournament.  We received 100 entries for all over the world including Iran, Scotland, Germany, Argentina, and Florida.  Graham and i chose 16 to compete at the concert.  The Tosca String Quartet performed and the audience voted via text message and the grand prize ($1000) winner was Chris Black from Tuscon, AZ (Austin ex-patriot)  It was truly a unique classical music experience and the audience was thoroughly engaged.  You can see in the photo as two piece were voted on a real time graph was created so we could all see who was winning as the votes came in.  That made for some exciting “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from the crowd as one piece would surpass the other!

The Voting Screen at String Quartet Smackdown

The Austin Chronicle voted for this concert as one of the Top Ten arts events of 2012!

Also, notice Graham’s project with Forklift got the top arts event!

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