Tye Austin Performs at US French Embassy

IMG-8728I was recently invited to perform at the Cultural Services of the US French Embassy in NYC on September 27, 2017 to celebrate the second season of Ovation TV’s popular Netflix series, Versailles, which is based on King Louis XIII, and features traditional 15th century costume and set design. I was commissioned to arrange French renaissance music for guitar quartet (violin, viola, cello, guitar). I chose to arrange the music of Josquin, Lully, Rameau, and other traditional French composers from this period, plus some arrangements of timeless modern French music such as Debussy’s Girl with the Flaxen Hair and Satie’s famous Gymnopedies.

I collaborated with string players from the New York Virtuosi to form a new guitar quartet, featuring Filip Pogady on violin, Peter Kiral on viola, and Nelly Rocha on cello. I have already composed a new work for this ensemble! I look forward to recording this work and performing more concerts together in the future.

IMG-8717I also posed with some of the cast from Versailles after the performance. This was such an incredible opportunity for my career. I’ve only been networking in NYC since July and I’m already being contacted to collaborate with important organizations and companies in the industry. Ovation TV reached out to book me within two weeks of the event after my website appeared first in a Google search. It was a demanding, yet rewarding project! Plus I now have an entire concert program of French chamber music in my repertoire. I’m so glad I was prepared to say yes when this opportunity presented itself. I look forward to working with Ovation TV again in the future.

Feel free to contact me at info@tyeaustin.com if you’d like to book me for solo and/or chamber music concerts, or to commission new music (compositions or arrangements) for any type of concert, event or occasion.

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