Ponytrap - The Bridge

“Ponytrap treats audiences to chamber music for the age of electricity, at once intimate and thundering, rigid and fluid, classical and industrial.” – Justin Boyle, CultureMap Austin.

Hilary and Quentin Thomas-Oliver perform on cello and viola. Their rhythm section is an assemblage of analog-programmed robots, including two floor toms and a twelve-foot-tall human-shaped tower of drumheads.

“These robots look like drum-headed steel racks from some weird sci-fi nightmare Keith Moon might’ve had… like a big, metal, hyperkinetic, drum-studded Wicker Man.” – Wayne Alan Brenner, Austin Chronicle.

Quentin Thomas-Oliver designed and built the machines. He is a classically trained violist whose influences range from Industrial Metal to early 20th Century composers Paul Hindemith and Bela Bartok.

Hilary Thomas-Oliver brings a powerful, feminine energy to Ponytrap. She was drawn to Austin in the mid-nineties by the burgeoning spoken word scene, where she is a poet and author as well as a musician.

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Subgenre: Industrial
From: Austin, TX