Two Star Symphony is Houston’s “most unusual music ensemble”. Composing and performing all-original music in quartet, quintet and octet configurations, Two Star brings modern instrumental music to a wide range of audiences, from classical music enthusiasts to first time listeners.
Two Star Symphony’s dark, distinctive sound is inspired by their influences, which include: Dr. Dre, cartoons, hauntings, skulls, graveyards, black cats, Dominic Walsh, Danny Elfman and Tom Waits. The band works differently than most classical ensembles in that every member is also a composer. Songs are written and arranged collaboratively as a group, with each player responsible for his or own parts. By the time the songs are finished, the music is memorized. Two Star does not create sheet music, so the player is free to focus on listening rather than reading. This allows them to play in the dark, which is advantageous for theater and dance. They also have a unique way of scoring silent films that allows them to react to the screen rather than having their eyes on their music. Two Star has released six albums.
Two Star Symphony has a history of collaboration with other artists and mediums. Two Star has created original works with: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Whim W’him Dance Company, Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater, The Museum of Fine Arts and The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance.