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.
Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Graham Reynolds composes and records music for film, theater and performance with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to DJ Spooky and Ballet Austin. His film projects include scores for Before Midnight, Bernie, and A Scanner Darkly. With the Golden Arm Trio, Reynolds has toured the country and released four critically acclaimed albums; he is Artistic Director of Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory, which has produced over 70 concerts by more than 60 contemporary composers. He is a member of the Rude Mechs theater collective, resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater, and received the 2016 Creative Capital Award for the Pancho Villa chamber opera.
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
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.
More Joy by Bostich
“More Joy” from Ramón Amezcua “Bostich” is a special bonus track, commissioned by Ballroom Marfa, from the long-term project MXTX: A Cross-Border Exchange. The full album will be released this Spring — more news coming next week!
MXTX is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; City of Marfa; Fairfax Dorn & Marc Glimcher; Golden Hornet; Virginia Lebermann & Family; Lebermann Foundation; The Moody Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; the Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club; and Ballroom Marfa members.
MXTX is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Ballroom Marfa in partnership with Fusebox Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts and NPN/VAN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, visit www.npnweb.org.
Special thanks to Fusebox, Oríon García, David Lobel, Kate Murray, Felipe Pérez Santiago, Graham Reynolds, Coka Treviño