VIC FIRTH ARTISTS:   line upon line

Matthew Teodori, Cullen Faulk, and Adam Bedell

Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary music. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered 8 new works for percussion with 13 additional works currently in the collaborative process. In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award winning project, seeing times are not hidden, a site-specific work for custom chimes. April 2013 brought the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt’s massive, evening-length masterpiece, Erewhon.

After nominations in 2011 and 2012, the trio was named Best Ensemble by the Austin Critics' Table in 2013. The Austinist called line upon line “the premier new music percussion ensemble in Texas and the South.”

line upon line maintains educational and outreach roles with the Austin Chamber Music Center and has performed and taught at numerous academic institutions around the United States. November 2012 marked their first appearance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. The group has previously performed at the Fusebox Festival, SXSW, Fast Forward Austin, the Victoria Bach Festival and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top.


Matthew Teodori, Cullen Faulk, and Adam Bedell
with guest performers Timothy Briones, Andrew Fuhrman, and Eric Peterson

About the piece:

With Erewhon, Hugues Dufourt (b. Lyon, 1943) embarked upon a potent new form of expression, veering in an untried stylistic and conceptual direction, dramatically changing the treatment of musical parameters - i.e. temporality, space, form, energy and density.

Erewhon’s (1972-76) four movements encompass sound-noise concepts and examine acoustic volumes along with their scope for permutation. With a fresh approach to composition that is resolutely avant-garde, the composer besets formalism with jolts and fractures and creates explosive patches of contrast along with areas of intuitive or formal turbulence.

Instinctive, genetic or refractory reactions, zones of emergence, resurgence and persistence containing twisted, stretched and compressed outlines and layers produce a conflicting temporality. Dufourt's craftsmanship combines traditionally Western assets (a player’s routine gestures and traditional playing styles) with a determined drive for musical emancipation.

Tim Genis Signature - General (STG)
Designed to produce a dark‚ full-bodied sound. Great balance.
L = 16.81" | Dia. = .650"
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Peter Erskine (SPE)
Light and fast with a piccolo tip for pinpoint articulation on cymbals.
L = 16" | Dia. = .525"
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Orchestral Series Keyboard
Hard Lexan® with an added brass weight creates a full‚ pure and clear tone on bells and xylophone.
Head = 1 1/8" | L = 14 1/4"
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Orchestral Series Keyboard
Round brass head creates a bright sound.
Head = 5/8" | L = 14 1/8"
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Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium soft. A general mallet that covers the lower four octaves of the marimba.
L = 17"
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Adam Bedell

Adam Bedell is the current Instructor of Percussion at Texas Lutheran University

. He has performed with the Austin, Midland, Mid-Texas, Round Rock, Saginaw, Traverse City and Westshore Symphonies

. Bedell can be heard with the Grammy-nominated choir, Conspirare, on the Harmonia Mundi release, "A Company of Voices."

He holds a Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University having studied with Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Jason Lewis and Andrew Spencer.

Matthew Teodori

Dr. Matthew Teodori currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Huston-Tillotson University. He has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Austin Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Southern Tier Symphony and Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra.

Dr. Teodori received his Doctoral and Master's degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor's degree from Houghton College having studied with Thomas Burritt, Tony Edwards, Chip Ross and Jim Tiller.


Cullen Faulk

Cullen's playing career began in earnest while attending Victoria Memorial High School, where he was a member of the VMHS Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Phillip Mikula. While in this group, he performed at the 2003 Bands of America National Honor Band and Percussion Ensemble Convention (Indianapolis, IN) and the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Nashville, TN. He then continued his studies at the University of Texas at Austin with professors Thomas Burritt and Tony Edwards, making a second appearance at PASIC in 2006 (Austin, TX) with the UT Percussion Ensemble.

Also an active freelance performer and teacher, Cullen has performed with various groups and artists including Tom Burritt, Michelle Schumann, the Cage Percussion Players (dir. Thad Anderson), as well as many rock and pop acts in Austin. As a teacher, he has taught both privately and in a classroom setting throughout Austin and South Texas at the middle and high school levels since 2005.

When not working with line upon line or teaching, Cullen is a member of the light-hearted but dedicated pop-rock group The Gorgeous Hands, writing and recording original music, and looking forward to releasing a debut full-length album in early 2013.