Marfa Dialogues

MXTX – A Cross-Border Exchange

MXTX – A Cross-Border Exchange

MXTX is a collaborative project, envisioned by composer Graham Reynolds, featuring forty DJ-producers and composers from both sides of the Rio Grande. The project will culminate in an open-source audio sample library, album, and live performance, evolving into an open concept designed for sustained resonance and ongoing cross-border dialogue.

MXTX begins with the creation of a sample library commissioned from twenty composers and twenty DJ-producers based in Mexico and Texas. These forty artists will create a palette of sound designed to represent each of their perspectives. The DJ-producers will provide beats, drops, and more, while the composers will create melodic, rhythmic, and chordal fragments to be recorded as segments and loops. All of these sounds will form the initial foundation of the MXTX library. A core group of six composers and six DJ-producers, commissioned with balanced geographical representation, will use this library to create twelve pieces of music. Created for a mixed chamber ensemble and a DJ, the twelve works will be presented live, with premieres in Marfa, Mexico City, and Austin.

The project is co-curated by Orión García, Coka Treviño, and Felipe Pérez Santiago, and seeks to balance representation across many categories of identity, including geography, gender identity, and genre. MXTX is co-commissioned by Ballroom Marfa and Golden Hornet.

Golden Hornet, founded by Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski, is an Austin-based nonprofit whose mission is to commission new music, foster young and emerging composers, and present adventurous works in non-traditional settings.

Oríon García is best known for his consistent contributions to cultural blending of music and art. He has been writing, composing and performing varying styles of music for over fifteen years. In 2007 he founded Peligrosa, the widely known Latin/o/a/x collective of DJs, producers and artists.

Coka Treviño is originally from Monterrey México and has worked extensively in the arts. In 2009 she founded The Projecto with musician Alfredo Ríos in Monterrey, looking to facilitate cultural exchange with different cities and artistic expressions. In 2010 The Projecto moved to Austin, where they have been hosting international artists and collaborating with different local institutions.

Felipe Pérez Santiago Considered one of the most active and recognized composers of Mexico’s musical scene, Felipe Pérez Santiago has received several prizes and recognitions in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. His compositions have been performed and commissioned in over40 countries by internationally renowned orchestras and ensembles and has been invited as resident composer to conservatories, universities and institutions all over the world.