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SXSW Music Festival: Day 1

Every year, SXSW features over 1,200 performances at 80 different venues featuring musical acts from all over the world.



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This week, I am happy to cover the indie/experimental/classical scene and artists exhibiting and participating during SXSW. I’ve been following classical/experimental artists and their story along with other similar artist in this emerging field at SXSW, along with how they are developing audiences.

The first artist in my SXSW series is Volodja Balzalorsky. Violinist, chamber musician, and educator hails from Ljubljana, Slovenia and has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Festival Nei Souni dei Loughi in Italy, and concerts at Interlochen Summer Festival. I spoke to Volodja over the phone before his rehearsal for this evening’s concert at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, Texas. A veteran of SXSW, Volodja plans to bring a mini classical recital including works by Ravel amongst the rock and roll of the festival. The multi faceted musician believes in the power of live performances in converting fans over to the classical genre.