William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over 100 new types of musical instruments including the Earth Harp, the world’s largest playable musical instrument. He is the leader of the Earth Harp Collective, an internationally renowned ensemble that combines the creative forces of artists, musicians, composers, and choreographers. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of MASS Ensemble — music architecture sound and sculpture – a group that works with Close’s designs to create music based stage shows that push the envelope of the musical experience. Close’s installations and performances have been experienced throughout the world, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Lincoln Center in New York, to the Coliseum in Rome, The Grand Theater in Macau and Hong Kong just to name a few.
The Austin based band Trouble in The Streets has dubbed their signature sound “Electro Tribe,” a vibe that blends electronic music, international sounds, with hip-hop, rock and R&B. Led by Nnedi Agbaroji, the band fuels crowds with interactive calls-to-action and smoothly transfers the energy to recordings. Their debut EP Electro Tribe, released October 6, 2017 is exactly that. The trio has supported such acts like Rebirth Brass Band, Sting Cheese Incident, and George Clinton and P Funk, and have been invited to perform at Joshua Tree Music Festival, Quantum Flux, UtopiaFest, Black Fret Official SXSW, and Art Outside. In 2015, The Austin Chronicle named them in the top five of the Best New Bands in Austin. They will be touring this Fall in support of the physical CD release and it is in the live shows where Trouble in The Streets shines with improvised jam sessions, guest performers, and high energy audience participation .