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Forward Motion at Musical Family Tree

  • Musical Family Tree 1043 Virginia Avenue Indianapolis, IN, 46203 United States (map)

We are back at our space in the The Murphy Arts Center!

8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bill Shotton+Eric Salazar, clarinet
8:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. Forward Motion
All ages /// Beer provided by Fountain Square Brewing Co. to 21+

Forward Motion - Indy New Music : Composer Feature on Bill Shotton

This show will feature works by Indianapolis composer and singer-songwriter, Bill Shotton as a part of Forward Motion's Indy Composer Series. The series aims to put the spotlight on the killer New Music composers in our great city!

The music of the night will have straight-up acoustic classical instruments playing in a modern style, and also a blend of acoustic classical with modern electronics.

The night will begin with an Americana feel as Bill Shotton and Eric Salazarperform a short set of originals by Bill. Then, the full Forward Motion group will take the stage to perform Indie-Classical works by contemporary composers.

Other works by: Robert Honstein, Francis White, Bill Ryan, and Jordan Nobles

Forward Motion is an ensemble of emerging artists based in Indianapolis. Formed in September 2016, the group is rapidly gaining support from the Indy music community. As the only ensemble of its kind in Indianapolis, Forward Motion pioneers the city’s Indie-Classical culture by bringing innovative performances to audiences old and new. 

Forward Motion's mission is to bring exceptionally engaging New Music performance and collaboration to Indianapolis, and beyond. The group’s approach focuses on connecting with audiences through innovative programming that marries a commitment to expression with dedication to innovation.

Bill Shotton is a native of southern Illinois where he grew up surrounded by coal mines, farms, and the sprawling Shawnee National Forrest. Thoroughly mid-western, he has also called Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska home, not to mention Indiana where he has lived since 2014.

From his earliest years, music cast a large shadow with names like Willie Nelson, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, Jesse Coulter, and Tompall Glaser. Later in life, the beauty and complexity of Bach, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky would also make an impression. These and other diverse influences have helped infuse Bill's style with an original perspective. Never one to take heed of trends and popularity, he has trekked an underground path that is beginning to draw attention. He has been honored with several awards: Two time winner of the Carl Deis Prize for Music Composition (2008, 2009); Co-Winner of the Ann Podraza Award for Music Composition(2010); Collected Works Award from Song of the Year(2011); and most recently, winner of the Indiana Solo Artist Competition from Bridging the Music(August, 2015).

As always, a huge thanks to MFT's wonderful sponsors.
Fountain Square Brewing Co.
LUNA music
Kolman Dental, P.C.

Later Event: May 12