travis weller
composer / performer

May 3, 2014

NMC Presents: New Music from the Balcones Fault

Filed under: composition,new music co-op,performance,premiere — travis @ 12:09 pm

Brent Fariss

Bowing the bells

Travis & Chaz

March 23, 2013

New Chamber Music on Bird Island

Filed under: composition,new music co-op,performance,premiere — travis @ 11:29 am

Excerpt from the program introduction:

“You might be wondering: why have a concert on an island? The space in which a concert unfolds has a profound effect on the musical experience. Whether its an abandoned power plant, a deconsecrated chapel, a neighborhood, or an island, careful attention to this aspect of performance practice has been a theme for NMC composers. When the idea was floated, it immediately clicked for the composers involved that the music should be in conversation with the place.”

“There is also something inspiring about this tiny urban oasis which may not be readily apparent. Although part of the City Parks system, the island has been unofficially adopted by anonymous volunteer custodians inspired to visit regularly and do things like water the grass with a water pump hooked up to a car battery. As a presenter of experimental music, I can relate to this sort of behavior.”

Photo by Thomas Fang

A pair of turns, a pause, in tandem

Steve Parker, trombone

March 2, 2013

Concerto Laguna

Filed under: composition,instrument building,performance,premiere — travis @ 11:24 am

Premiere of my piece “Concerto Laguna” featuring a cello soloist on row boat in the middle of Laguna Gloria. Audience is free to roam around the lagoon as an ensemble of 8 percussionists playing custom made steel bells accompany the soloist. The piece is audible acoustically as well as via lower power FM broadcast. Audience is provided with radios to hear the simulcast and a map of the environment.

Leanne Zacharias, cello

Audience listening with headsets


One of the 8 percussionists

January 19, 2013

New Chamber Music

Filed under: composition,new music co-op,performance,premiere — travis @ 11:09 am

Chamber concert with works by Brent and me

“Turn on the Light” performed by Line Upon Line

“Unitard” by Brent Fariss

Steel bells made for line upon line

July 19, 2012

Hear Rightly rehearsal

Open rehearsal for “Hear Rightly.” Thanks to Meet the Composer!

May 20, 2012

Seven in the Third

Filed under: composition,performance,premiere — travis @ 12:58 am

Photos from Seven in the Third performance in Houston.

April 28, 2012


Filed under: composition,performance,premiere — travis @ 12:57 am

Photos from Willow-Spence performance. Read the review here.

March 11, 2011

‘The end of cities’ at VAC

‘The end of cities’ is a piece for percussion trio composed specifically for the metal portico over the Kayem Arbor, using only resonant sounds inherent in the structure. It was commissioned by the UT Visual Arts Center. Premiere by Line Upon Line percussion trio.

“The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins.” – Italo Calvino

Read the advance press: here

March 2, 2010

Invisible Landscapes

Filed under: composition,new music co-op,performance,premiere — travis @ 8:47 am

Invisible landscapes concert. We played my new piece “Toward and away from the point of balance.”

September 11, 2009

The Luminiferous Aether Premiere

Filed under: premiere — travis @ 8:28 am

My friend Chris Immel’s film “The Luminiferous Aether,” for which I provided the score, is screening at in NYC.

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