One Umbrella

One Umbrella


“If Austin bands can be said to have a geographically identifiable ‘sound’, then One Umbrella is a fierce exception to the rule.” (Scott Hreha Pop Matters)


One Umbrella is Carlos Villarreal and Sarah Lipstate, an Austin/Brooklyn-based duo who have made a name for themselves in the local experimental scene and beyond. An amalgam of improvisation, melody and dissonance, structure and abandon, One Umbrella's sound blurs the line between ambient beauty and chaotic noise.

The two plan on releasing the follow-up to their well-received 2005 release, Solve (Tell-All Records), on the prestigious Table of the Elements label in March 2007. After impressing avant-garde icons Tony Conrad and Rhys Chatham with their performance at the Table of the Elements Festival in September, One Umbrella were welcomed aboard by label owner Jeff Hunt.


-Performed at SXSW 2007 w/ Jandek, Bill Callahan, and Gary Lucas.

-Performed at CMJ 2006.

-Performed at Table of the Elements Festival No. 4 w/ Rhys Chatham's Guitar Army (Sarah also performed in the group) & Deerhunter.

-Live TV appearance on Great Day SA in San Antonio, TX, August 4, 2006.

-Showcased at the 2006 SXSW music festival

-Sarah Lipstate performed in the Glenn Branca Ensemble for Symphony No. 13: Hallucination City for 100 Guitars in Montclair, NJ (Feb. 2006)

-Performed at La Femme Qui Rock Fest in Dallas, TX (Nov. 2005)

-Showcased at the 2005 SXSW music festival

-Toured the west coast summer 2004 playing at
venues such as The Alterknit Lounge at The Knitting Factory, and San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern.

-Live in-studio performance on 91.7FM KVRX Austin's award-winning radio program Local Live (April 2004)


Ombres Disséquées (forthcoming on Table of the Elements/Xeric 2007)

G#: generative syntax feedback clarification (Tell-All Records 2006)

Solve (Tell-All Records 2005) - Featured on WMFU dj Fabio's "Best of 2005" annual list.

Tell-All Records Sampler (Tell-All 2004)

Set List

Our typical set runs 25-40 minutes