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05-28-19 | Songs for Listening | Graham Reynolds

05-28-19 | Songs for Listening | Graham Reynolds

Composer, bandleader, and improviser Graham Reynolds picked tunes for Tuesday, May 28 at Songs for Listening. Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Graham creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls with collaborators across a multitude of disciplines.

Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio, Graham recently scored Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying (other projects in collaboration with Linklater include Bernie, Before Midnight, and A Scanner Darkly), the Rude MechsStop Hitting Yourself for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin’s Grimm Tales, and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, The Marfa Triptych. He has performed on an array of legendary stages, from the Kennedy Center to the Green Mill Tavern to the Conan O’Brien Show. His Creative Capital Award winning project, Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance, a bilingual cross-border opera created with librettists Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol and director Shawn Sides, has been staged in over a dozen cities in North America.

As Artistic Director of the non-profit Golden Hornet, Graham leads efforts which draw on the collaborative spirit of rock bands & the composer-led nature of classical music, with a focus on commissioning new music, fostering young and emerging composers, and presenting adventurous works in non-traditional settings. Alongside Kronos Quartet's longtime cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, he curated 'The Sound of Science', an interdisciplinary, multimedia performance that is touring internationally.

Graham leads the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio. He is a company member with the internationally acclaimed Rude Mechs and resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater and Forklift Danceworks. His accolades include a Creative Capital Award, an Independent Music Award, two Frederick R. Loewe Music Theatre Awards, nine Austin Critics Table Awards, the John Bustin Award, multiple Austin Chronicle Best Composer wins, and B. Iden Payne Award. Graham released a 12 album set on Innova Recordings in early 2017.

'Die mit Tranen saen' by Johann Hermann Schein, performed by Dresden Chamber Choir
'Maria Da Vila Matilde' by Elza Soares from 'A Muhler do fim do Mundo'
'Elegy' by Wang Guotong from 'Master of Chinese Traditional Music: Liu Tianhu'
'Money Jungle' by Duke Ellington
'Volver Volver' by Vicente Fernandez from 'Ariba Hunenitan'
'Up From The Skies' by Jimi Hendrix from 'Axis: Bold As Love'
'Myths, Op. 30: No. 1. Zrodio Aretzy' by Szymanowski by Piotr Plawner & Waldemar Malicki
'Quiet Dog' by Mos Def from 'The Ecstatic'
'Attonita' by Teho Teardo performed by Balanescu Quartet from 'Music for Wilder Mann'
'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' by The Platters from 'Remember When?'
'A Tiger Sharpens Its Teeth' by Thundering Dragon from 'Percussion Music from China'
'If I Was Your Girlfriend' by Prince from 'Sign 'O' The Times'
'Sunny Spring' by Wu Jinglue
'If You Want Me to Stay' by Sly & The Family Stone from 'Fresh'


05-29-19 | Songs for Listening | Steve Weiss

05-29-19 | Songs for Listening | Steve Weiss

05-24-19 | Songs for Listening | Will Evans

05-24-19 | Songs for Listening | Will Evans