Fast Forward Austin

100% ($5,006)
April 30th, 2012
Raised $5,006 of $5,000

About The Artist

Ian Dicke, Steve Snowden and Robert Honstein

Composers Ian Dicke, Steve Snowden and Robert Honstein founded Fast Forward Austin in 2010.


The music of American-born composer Ian Dicke (b. 1982, Trenton, NJ) includes works for orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and electronic media. Heralded by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “colorful, well-designed, and deftly scored,” Dicke’s works often explore contemporary social-political culture through a mixture of pungent and triadic harmonies, dance-like rhythms, and intricately layered textures.

Dicke’s music have been performed by many ensembles and festivals around the world, including the ISCM World New Music Days, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Music X, Redshift, the Atlantic Coast Center Band Director’...

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Founded in 2010 by composers Ian Dicke, Steve Snowden, and Robert Honstein, Fast Forward Austin is an 8-hour long marathon event dedicated to presenting new and innovative music to the Austin community. Featuring some of Austin’s most talented musicians, Fast Forward Austin offers an eclectic mix of cutting-edge, genre-bending music that fearlessly straddles the borders of pop, classical, and experimental music. This year, on Sunday April 15, the East Austin event space ND-501 Studios will host the festival. Watch and hear Fast Forward Austin in action here:


Fast Forward Austin 2012 Preview from Fast>>Forward>>Austin on Vimeo.

Fast Forward Austin will showcase a wide range of performers, including Vicky Chow, pianist for the nationally acclaimed Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Austin's own Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet, Precipice, a freshly-minted new music band out of Waco, the Baylor Percussion Group, under the direction of renowned percussionist Todd Meehan, and Austin based choreographer and performance artist, Ellen Bartel.

Drawing on ND-501 studio's unique space and multimedia capabilities, Fast Forward artists will present music by composers whose work lives at the edge of classical and popular traditions. Rare performances of large-scale percussion works by the avant-garde master Iannis Xenakis and the american post-minimalist icon David Lang will appear along side collaborative works for dance and video as well works by the winners of Fast Forward Austin's national call for scores.

In keeping with its mission to connect new, forward looking artists with the community, Fast Forward will partner with the Austin chapter of El Sistema, an innovative music education program modeled on the internationally-praised Venezuelan system. El Sistema students will perform at the April 15th event and Fast Forward artists will collaborate with El Sistema programs in the weeks leading up to the festival. A portion of the Fast Forward's proceeds will be donated to El Sistema.

You can help make this innovative festival happen by donating through BELTÀ.  All donations are tax deductible, and 100% of funds received are awarded to Fast Forward Austin's musicians.


Venue $400
Hard Goods $150
Printing $150
Advertising $100
Merchandise $800
Documentation $200
Artist Fees $2700
Miscellaneous $500
Total $5000

We accept donations via check as well as online.  Please mail donations to BELTÀ, 1712 E. Riverside Dr., Suite 47, Austin, TX 78741.  Be sure to mark "Fast Forward Austin" in the memo line so that your support can be routed towards this project.