Balmorhea (band)

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Balmorhea, in Maryland in 2010.
Background information
Origin Austin, Texas
United States
Genres Post-rock, minimal music
Years active 2006–present
Labels Western Vinyl
Members Rob Lowe
Michael Muller
Aisha Burns
Travis Chapman
Kendall Clark
Dylan Rieck
Past members Nicole Kern
Erin Lance
David Wiley
Taylor Tehan
Mike Bell
Jeffrey Olson

Balmorhea (pronounced bal-mə-ray) is a six-piece minimalist instrumental ensemble [1] from Austin, Texas, that was formed in 2006 by Rob Lowe and Michael Muller. Balmorhea were influenced by William Ackerman, The Six Parts Seven, Tortoise, Rachel's, Gillian Welch, Max Richter, Arvo Pärt and John Cage.[2]

L to R: Lowe and Muller in concert with Balmorhea in 2010

The band self-released their first album, self-titled Balmorhea, in April 2007, and their second album Rivers Arms in February 2008, and released a limited EP in the fall of 2008. The group released their third full-length album, All is Wild, All is Silent[3] on Western Vinyl Records. Their fourth full-length album, Constellations,[4] was released in February 2010 on Western Vinyl, and their fifth, Stranger,[5] was released late October 2012. The band released the Heir 7" in 2014 as a companion to the re-release of their 2007 eponymous debut. The song "Bowsprit," from the album Constellations, was used as the opening theme for the SundanceTV television series Rectify.

Balmorhea, called “an exemplary experiment in restraint” by The New Yorker, has toured the US and Europe eight times each, including shows with Tortoise, Thurston Moore, Fleet Foxes, Mono, CocoRosie, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Efterklang, and others. Additionally the band has performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Hopscotch Festival among others. Their music has been featured and reviewed by Pitchfork, BBC, Paste, Interview Magazine, NME, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Atlantic, and many more.




  1. ^ Featured Artist: Balmorhea
  2. ^ 15 Questions to Balmorhea
  3. ^ "Balmorhea: All Is Wild, All Is Silent | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Balmorhea: Constellations | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Balmorhea: Stranger". A.V. Club. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 

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