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The Automaton and the Aeronaut - TSX/PN

Composer: Rabb, Kincaid

Publisher: TrevCo

Edition: 71544


The Automaton and the Aeronaut - A Steampunk Adventure
for tenor saxophone and piano

by Kincaid Rabb (b.1993) - American composer


The Automaton and the Aeronaut is the story of a young girl who enlists her stepmother’s automaton manservant in designing and building a hot air balloon, which they use to escape and float out into the sunset. Throughout the piece, audiences will hear the two working on the balloon together in an inspiring adventure about freedom, loving yourself, and letting go.

The Automaton and the Aeronaut was composed in September 2020 as the third consortium in Consortia I, a year’s worth of solo and duo consortia for various instruments.


Kincaid Rabb (b. 1993, they/them pronouns) is an award-winning writer and music-maker, working at the intersection of storytelling and new music. Kincaid is an artist-scholar whose research includes musical narratology, emotional catharsis, and the phenomenon of the theme park as inspiration. Using narration, worldbuilding, and a strong sense of fun and play, Kincaid creates musical experiences that immerse audiences into intimate spaces and that reward waders, swimmers, and divers alike. Kincaid produces works that trapeze artistic disciplines, curating performances that seamlessly integrate different sensory experiences and create lasting memories through relatable stories. 

Kincaid’s collaborations have included Paradise Winds, The _____ Experiment, the Driftwood Quintet, Kontra Duo, Keyed Kontraptions, Duo R2, the Brelby Theatre Company, and the faculty and students at the University of Arizona and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kincaid is a founding member of Basket of Owls, an ensemble of musician-narrators dedicated to curating spaces for unheard stories, and flourish! new music ensemble, an ensemble committed to sparking joy in new music. Their principal teachers have included Douglas Harbin, Daniel Asia, Pamela Decker, Diego Vega, and Jennifer Bellor. 

Currently residing in Tucson, Arizona, Kincaid graduated with a Master of Music in Composition in 2021 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where they held graduate assistantships in theory, composition, and musicology. They graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Music in Composition in 2017. Kincaid is a member of the Millennium Composers Initiative, is affiliated with ASCAP, and is published with Trevco Music. Kincaid can usually be found at Scented Leaf in Tucson, Arizona, sipping on a matcha lemonade, watching the world go by and writing their next adventure into music.

For more information about Kincaid and their music, please visit www.kincaidrabb.com