Friday, September 20, 2013

The Marfa Triptych Part One: Country and Western Big Band Suite

One of the most innovative arts organizations you'll find just about anywhere--Ballroom Marfa--is once again presenting lovely and thought-provoking work, inspired by the landscape and culture of Far West Texas.  This November 16th, Ballroom is presenting the music of composer Graham Reynolds at Marfa's Crowley Theatre.
Crowley Theatre in Marfa

From Ballroom's blog:

The Marfa Triptych Part One: Country and Western Big Band Suite, is an instrumental suite for 13 players, described by Reynolds as “classic instrumental country meets Western soundtrack meets power jazz rhythm section.” This performance includes contributions from country music veteran Redd Volkaert, along with other members of Reynold’s far-reaching group of collaborators."

Want a brief "listen" now?  There are two sound samples here.  

"This project is inspired by Reynolds’ trips from his base in Austin, Texas to the high desert grasslands of Far West Texas that Ballroom Marfa calls home. His approach combines local musical traditions — from cowboy songs and Southern jazz to the norteƱo music of Northern Mexico — with a personal perspective that comes from years of scoring film, theater and modern dance performances."

"As the project springs from the culture of Far West Texas, Reynolds is currently in the process of working with Ballroom Marfa to coordinate research trips throughout the region in order to experience its culture and history firsthand. Through his own connections and via sources recommended by Ballroom, Reynolds has been keeping an itinerary that includes visits with musicians, historians, storytellers, artists and local legends from Terlingua, Alpine, Presidio, Shafter, Fort Davis, Valentine, Marfa and other far-flung locales in the Big Bend region."

"This is the first installment in Reynold’s documentation of his progress, with more to come."

Ballroom Marfa
Tickets are available online in the Ballroom Marfa store.

Half-price tickets are available in the gallery for all residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.

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