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CAMHLAB | Two Star Symphony | Writing Sessions: Afterlife

February 2, 2022 – March 27, 2022 all-day
CAMHLAB | Two Star Symphony | Writing Sessions: Afterlife

The artist collective, Two Star Symphony, will utilize the space at Montrose Collective to create new performance and sound works during their CAMHLAB residency. Named one of the 15 Reasons to Visit Houston by the Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau, Two Star Symphony will offer regular open studio hours to genuinely connect with their audience and make their process visible. Plans for their residency include a collaboration with puppeteer Afsaneh Aayani and composing new scores to short films from the seminal box set of early avant-garde American film, Unseen Cinema (1894–1941).

Location and Accessibility

Montrose Collective
888 Westheimer Road #159
Houston, Texas 77006

Open Studio Schedule

During the months of February and March, the gallery will be open on Fridays from 5–7PM, and Saturdays and Sunday from 4–7PM for public open studios. These sessions offer visitors an opportunity to connect with the group and be part of their processes of musical composition and collaboration.


In addition to open studio writing sessions, Two Star Symphony will hold open discussions with audience members about their writing and creative processes. On select dates, the band will perform samples of the work they are producing for their CAMHLAB residency. The band will also make visible their inspirations for the work-in-progress, including the storyline created by collaborator/puppeteer Afisaneh Aayani and silent films they have been working with.

Writing Session 1
Friday, February 4, 2022
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Sunday, February 6, 2022

Writing Session 2
Friday, February 11, 2022
Saturday, February 12, 2022
Sunday, February 13, 2022

Writing Session 3
Friday, February 18, 2022
Saturday, February 19, 2022
Sunday, February 20, 2022

Writing Session 4
Sunday, February 27, 2022

Writing Session 5
Friday, March 4, 2022
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022

Writing Session 6
Friday, March 11, 2022
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Sunday, March 13, 2022

Writing Session 7
Friday, March 18, 2022
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022

Writing Session 8
Sunday, March 27, 2022

About Two Star Symphony

Two Star Symphony is Houston’s “most unusual music ensemble.” Composing and performing all-original music in quartet, quintet, and octet configurations, Two Star brings modern instrumental music to a wide range of audiences, from classical music enthusiasts to first-time listeners.

Two Star Symphony’s dark, distinctive sound is inspired by their influences, which include Danny Elfman, Dr. Dre, Tom Waits, cartoons, hauntings, skulls, graveyards, black cats, and Dominic Walsh. The band works differently than most classical ensembles in that every member is also a composer. Songs are written and arranged collaboratively as a group, with each player responsible for their own parts. By the time the songs are finished, the music is memorized. Two Star Symphony does not create sheet music, so the player is free to focus on listening rather than reading. This allows them to score silent film by reacting to the screen rather than having their eyes focused on a music stand. Two Star Symphony has released six albums and created multiple scores for film and various projects.

Two Star Symphony has a history of collaborating with other artists and a variety of media. Two Star Symphony has created original works with American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre, Whim W’Him Dance Company, Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), and The University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance.

About Afsaneh Aayani

Afsaneh Aayani is a Houston-based scenic designer, puppeteer, puppet maker, mask maker, voice actress, and artist with over 15 years of industry experience. She began her artistic journey in Iran where she developed her skills as a puppeteer and puppet maker, performed as a voice actor on television, and built her foundation as an artist. She completed her Bachelors in Puppetry from the Art University of Tehran and shortly thereafter performed in festivals internationally including in China, Poland, and Sri Lanka.