Who We Are

 Who

The Mother Falcon Music Lab is a creative education movement founded and run by Austin band Mother Falcon. The curriculum is inspired by Mother Falcon’s practice of collaborative songwriting, and has been developed based on primary experience as creators, educators, and professional performers.

Now in its 7th season, the Lab has grown from its humble beginnings into a fully fledged artistic philosophy. We see our campers as the new generation of thinkers and doers who are empowered to challenge boundaries and realize their goals, opening up new horizons for them to thrive beyond MFML!

MFML seeks to bring together different viewpoints in order to foster an attitude of understanding, respect and open mindedness by eschewing entrance auditions and providing need based scholarships to up to 50% of campers.

The Lab’s values guide all aspects of the organization’s operations; ideas and feedback from staff, campers and guests are our most valuable assets. Everyone is an owner in this enterprise; every individual brings their best and works hard towards our common goal, bringing this unique and vibrant experience to life!

 

We Are

Directors

Andrew Fontenot | Camp Director

Andrew started performing at age 8 as a bassist for his dad’s band. In middle school he learned to play saxophone and guitar, performing these instruments as well as lead vocals in bands throughout high school. A graduate of St. Edward’s University, Andrew joined Mother Falcon in 2011 and also plays in a multitude of other bands such as Sometimes a Legend and Michael Holt and the Trophy 500’s. He now works at MSB Consulting in Austin, TX, working to promote better documentation for Special Education programs across the state.

Nick Gregg | Creative Director

Nick started playing cello at the age of 7, and wrote his first song, “For Papa” as a part of his application to the gifted and talented program at his middle school. He was not admitted, and decided he needed the help of his friends. He explored collaborative songwriting while playing in quartets and various bands throughout high school, and became fascinated by the pairing of performance spaces with particular shows, from the Church of the Friendly Ghost to the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge to the courtyard of a Taco Cabana. He formed Mother Falcon his senior year of high school, and went on to receive a Bachelors of Architecture from UT Austin. When not playing music, Nick is a designer at DIG:A Architects and can be found on evenings blending mediums and seeing what comes out. He will pursue his masters degree at NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program this fall in order to further develop MFML’s design curriculum.

Wil Brookhart | Intern Director

Wil began piano lessons in 2nd grade, took up classical bass in 6th, and taught himself guitar in high school. He has performed across Austin, playing both solo and with various collaborators. Wil first came to MFML in 2013 and has been with the camp every session since. An original member of the first MFML intern team, last summer he became MFML’s first ever Lead Intern as well as an official staff teacher. Wil is currently in his first year at UNT majoring in Classical Bass Performance and Music Education.

Diana Burgess | Outreach Director

Starting cello at age 5, Diana grew up playing with her father’s Beatles cover band The Eggmen. She began writing music with her own group while studying at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy, and joined Mother Falcon in 2010, her junior year of high school. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and she currently performs a mix of classical, Americana and pop music with artists in town such as composer Graham Reynolds, James McMurtry and Curtis McMurtry. She and Curtis were recently featured on NPR and have just returned from a tour with internationally renowned Austin-raised musician Sarah Jarosz.

Clara Brill | Program Director

Clara started playing violin at the age of 5, studying classical music through the Suzuki method. In high school she found a new application for her skills, writing and putting out music with a band. She joined Mother Falcon in 2008 upon moving to Austin, where she pursue her Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music in violin performance at UT Austin with Prof. Sandy Yamamoto. When not working on music or MFML, Clara enjoys teaching her violin studio, learning new things, and traveling.

Saskia Gregg | Marketing and Administration Intern

Saskia Gregg started playing the violin when she was three and a half. She spent the previous three years attending her older brother’s weekly cello lessons. From that point forward, she participated in orchestra and chamber music with Austin Chamber Music Center, in addition to her solo education. She now attends the University of Texas at Austin, double-majoring in Music and Advertising. She first participated in MFML as a camper, in MFML’s very first year. Subsequently she interned for the camp and now guest performs with Mother Falcon.

 

Staff

Shea Carley | Photography
Matt Krolick | Art
Claire Puckett | Guitar
Chase Weinacht | Guitar | Lyrics
Isaac Winburne | Drums
Casie Luong | Piano
Tamir Kalifa | Photography
Sam Pankey | Bass
Roy Thomas | Trumpet
Nathan Wilkins | Effect Pedals
Lisa Lam | Violin
Toto Miranda | Projection and Animation | Drums

Press

The Statesman, January 2017