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String-Scraping Rock Stars Two Star Symphony

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In fact, all of Two Star's members constantly stress how hard they work, and that their composing process is completely a group effort.

"Margaret and Jo both have new ideas constantly," says Brown. "They sketch out ideas and bring them in. Jerry is so technically good, he's great at working out transitions, helping tie things together."

Recorded at Sugar Hill with engineer Steve Christensen, Love & Other Demons — Two Star's third CD — is its most sophisticated. "[It's] our most cohesive recording yet," says Brown, who handles Two Star's merch sales "out of the trunk of my car."

The Living Daylights: Two Star Symphony does its best 007.
Sarah Prikryl
The Living Daylights: Two Star Symphony does its best 007.

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Two Star Symphony performs its original music for Synesthesia 8 p.m. Thursday, August 14; Friday, August 15; and Saturday, August 16 at Hamman Hall on the Rice University campus, entrance No. 21 off Rice Blvd., 713-348-2486. The show is free and open to the public.

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"And we did it so quickly we met our budget," she adds. "We've already broken even."

"I'm still hearing new stuff every time I listen to it," beams Lejeune.

So what's it like to be untrained classical musicians working with a world-class heavyweight like Dominic Walsh, anyway?

"We love Dominic," says the cellist and future plumber/film-score composer. "He treats us like we're in the symphony."

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