Ballroom Marfa invites you to join us for a free premiere of MXTX: A Cross-Border Exchange on Sunday, September 4 at the Marfa Visitor Center.
MXTX is a live performance, album and open-source audio sample library crossing physical and social boundaries through collaborative exchange. The project involves more than 40 DJ-producers and composers from both sides of the Rio Grande. A collective of the contributing musicians will travel to Marfa to take the stage for the West Texas Premiere of the project as part of the 35th annual Marfa Lights Festival.
The multifaceted and dynamic project is a collaboration of numerous Texas and Mexico-based artists including:
- Golden Hornet, an Austin-based non-profit led by Graham Reynolds
- Orión García, founder of the Latinx DJ/producer/artist collective, Peligrosa
- Coka Treviño, art entrepreneur from Monterrey, Mexico and founder of The Projecto
- Felipe Pérez Santiago, highly-acclaimed Mexico City composer, sound artist and current artist in residence at California’s SETI Institute
- Ramón Amezcua “Bostich” of the groundbreaking Nortec Collective, based in Tijuana
- Rubén Albarrán, renowned vocalist and activist from Mexico City, lead singer of the legendary Cafe Tacvba
- Gabriela Ortiz, Latin Grammy nominated composer and recipient of Mexico’s National Prize for Arts & Literature
MXTX began with the creation of a sample library commissioned from twenty composers and twenty DJ-producers based in Mexico and Texas. These forty artists created a palette of sound designed to represent each of their perspectives. The DJ-producers provided beats, drops, and more, while the composers created melodic, rhythmic, and chordal fragments to be recorded as segments and loops. All of these sounds formed the initial foundation of the MXTX library. A core group of six composers and six DJ-producers, commissioned with balanced geographical representation, used this library to create twelve songs. 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 MXTX: A Cross-Border Exchange album was released through Six Degrees Records in 2022 and consists of thirteen songs that demonstrate the immense beauty and power of music to overcome divides. Presented as part of the Marfa Lights Festival, the show at the Marfa Visitor Center will be the second live performance of MXTX. Attendance is free and open to the public.
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