Turning The Camera On The Crowd At SXSW

A crowd awaits Mother Falcon's first official show at The Parish, a local venue, on Tuesday, March 12. i i

hide captionA crowd awaits Mother Falcon's first official show at The Parish, a local venue, on Tuesday, March 12.

Tamir Kalifa
A crowd awaits Mother Falcon's first official show at The Parish, a local venue, on Tuesday, March 12.

A crowd awaits Mother Falcon's first official show at The Parish, a local venue, on Tuesday, March 12.

Tamir Kalifa

Another South by Southwest festival has come and gone. And, as usual, there's been no shortage of media coverage for the events. But here's a slightly different perspective from Tamir Kalifa. By day, he's a photojournalist based in Austin, Texas. But he's also a member of the band Mother Falcon, a "17-piece rock orchestra of sorts," NPR's Stephen Thomspon says.

They played eight shows in six days — and even met NPR's Bob Boilen. And to capture it all, Kalifa carried around three film cameras, processing several rolls of film each night.

Mother Falcon performs its seventh show of the festival at The Lodge, a bar in the heart of downtown Austin that could barely fit half of the band on stage. We were elated to see NPR's Bob Boilen at the show.

hide captionMother Falcon performs its seventh show of the festival at The Lodge, a bar in the heart of downtown Austin that could barely fit half of the band on stage. We were elated to see NPR's Bob Boilen at the show.

Tamir Kalifa

Kalifa's experimental style of Sprocket Rocket panoramas and multiple exposures captures the "overwhelming energy of the festival and thrill of experiencing it," as he puts it. We're all used to the perspective from the foot of the stage — rock stars bathed in stage-light hues. It's nice to see the view from the other side.

Mother Falcon is a mini orchestra that plays a hybrid of contemporary classical music and indie rock. Our roster fluctuates between 12 members most of the year and up to 20 during SXSW. No matter the size, we always fit into a living room for rehearsal.

hide captionMother Falcon is a mini orchestra that plays a hybrid of contemporary classical music and indie rock. Our roster fluctuates between 12 members most of the year and up to 20 during SXSW. No matter the size, we always fit into a living room for rehearsal.

Tamir Kalifa
Band members greet guitarist Claire Puckett as she arrives at rehearsal. After four years of playing together, we've become a family, and SXSW is our holiday retreat.

hide captionBand members greet guitarist Claire Puckett as she arrives at rehearsal. After four years of playing together, we've become a family, and SXSW is our holiday retreat.

Tamir Kalifa
Mother Falcon enjoys the benefits of its acoustic instrumentation at a secret concert underneath a bridge in downtown Austin. SXSW is known for surprise shows in unexpected spaces.

hide captionMother Falcon enjoys the benefits of its acoustic instrumentation at a secret concert underneath a bridge in downtown Austin. SXSW is known for surprise shows in unexpected spaces.

Tamir Kalifa
Seryn, a Denton, Texas-based folk band, perform at Home Slice Pizza's charity fundraiser, Pizza by the Slice.

hide captionSeryn, a Denton, Texas-based folk band, perform at Home Slice Pizza's charity fundraiser, Pizza by the Slice.

Tamir Kalifa
South Congress Avenue during SXSW

hide captionSouth Congress Avenue during SXSW

Tamir Kalifa
John Riedie, Mother Falcon's manager, gives a pep talk shortly before the band takes the stage at The Parish.

hide captionJohn Riedie, Mother Falcon's manager, gives a pep talk shortly before the band takes the stage at The Parish.

Tamir Kalifa
A 14-passenger van is filled to capacity with band members and instruments.

hide captionA 14-passenger van is filled to capacity with band members and instruments.

Tamir Kalifa
Folk artist Shakey Graves performs at the Austin music showcase at The Parish.

hide captionFolk artist Shakey Graves performs at the Austin music showcase at The Parish.

Tamir Kalifa
The band rehearses in Matt Puckett's living room on Friday, March 15.

hide captionThe band rehearses in Matt Puckett's living room on Friday, March 15.

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Mother Falcon's first show of the week was at The Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas at Austin campus.The event featured classical and jazz musicians playing to audiences throughout the reverberating halls of the museum.

hide captionMother Falcon's first show of the week was at The Blanton Museum of Art on the University of Texas at Austin campus.The event featured classical and jazz musicians playing to audiences throughout the reverberating halls of the museum.

Tamir Kalifa
There is so much live music in Austin that it often seems like everyone is in a band. Many find themselves in more than one. Some members of Mother Falcon play in a band called Sip Sip and performed at an unofficial SXSW party on Wednesday, March 13.

hide captionThere is so much live music in Austin that it often seems like everyone is in a band. Many find themselves in more than one. Some members of Mother Falcon play in a band called Sip Sip and performed at an unofficial SXSW party on Wednesday, March 13.

Tamir Kalifa
Backstage at The Lodge

hide captionBackstage at The Lodge

Tamir Kalifa
Isaac Winburne, who is considered the most expressive member of the band, plays drums during a five-song set at The Lodge. The stage could only fit half of the band, so the horns and violins stood outside the venue with microphones leading into the sound system.

hide captionIsaac Winburne, who is considered the most expressive member of the band, plays drums during a five-song set at The Lodge. The stage could only fit half of the band, so the horns and violins stood outside the venue with microphones leading into the sound system.

Tamir Kalifa

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