Ballroom presented Steve Reich’s 1967 composition Violin Phase, performed throughout the gallery by Jeanann Dara and Ben Russell during the opening reception of Ballroom Marfa’s 2019 fall exhibition, Longilonge, with Solange Pessoa. Violin Phase is a masterpiece of minimalist music, demonstrating Reich’s iconic phasing technique. The music itself is created from interactions between temporal variations of an original melody and the violins themselves.
Steve Reich was recently called “our greatest living composer” (The New York Times), “America’s greatest living composer.” (The Village VOICE), “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and “…among the great composers of the century” (The New York Times).. From his early taped speech pieces It’s Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966) to his and video artist Beryl Korot’s digital video opera Three Tales (2002), Mr. Reich’s path has embraced not only aspects of Western Classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. “There’s just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history and Steve Reich is one of them,” states The Guardian.
In April 2009 Steve Reich was awarded the Pulitzer prize in Music for his composition ‘Double Sextet’.
Jeanann received her undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School where she held the position as teaching assistant and continued her education at New York University where she received her Masters degree in Multimedia Composition and Performance Studies.
Jeanann is a sought after violist playing the works of numerous artists including work done for and with Jonny Greenwood of (Radiohead), MONO, Max Richter at The Sydney Opera House, Australia, and has appeared on stage with Bjork.
Ben Russell is a violinist, vocalist and composer who has collaborated with musicians and artists all over the world. He is a member of American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) and co-creator of the songwriting collective Founders.
Ben has performed with several ensembles including International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Talea, A Far Cry, Wordless Music Orchestra and Mark Morris Dance Group. He has toured and recorded with several artists including Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, The National, Blonde Redhead, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and has appeared on stage with Björk, Jonny Greenwood, and Paul McCartney.
This program is made possible by the generous support of The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Blum & Poe; City of Marfa; Fairfax Dorn & Marc Glimcher; Katherine Farley & Jerry Speyer; Kristina & Jeff Fort; Elan Gentry & Alexander S.C. Rower; Virginia Lebermann & Family; Lebermann Foundation; Melony & Adam Lewis; Mendes Wood DM; National Endowment for the Arts; Texas Commission on the Arts; Jacques Louis Vidal Charitable Fund; Ballroom Marfa Board of Trustees; the Ballroom Marfa International Surf Club; and Ballroom Marfa members.
In-kind support provided by The Capri, Casa Dragones, Marble Brewery, Christy Miller, Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Special thanks to Magê Abàtayguara, Alex Bacon, Lalo Baeza, Taciana Birman, Abby Boyd, Nancy Brown, Buró—Buró, Bryan Bayles, Maria & Tim Blum, Vicente Celis, Sarah Cooper, Jeanann Dara, Felipe Dmab, Rowdy Dugan, Andrews Eleutério, Heidi Elliot, Jonah Emerson-Bell, Willian Fagundes, Matheus Ferreira, Bobby Flores, Maria Cuca Flores, Isadora Dubeux Ganem, Sarah Guarino, Zane Hayspell, Victor Hugo, Saqib Keval & Norma Listman, Jessica Lee Hamlin, Pablo Lobato, Alex Marks, Marfa Recording Co., Jeff Matheis, Pedro Mendes, Diana Nguyen, O Argilao, Elise Pepple, Rodrigo Pessoa, Tanya Petruney, Ana Pigosso, Jeff Poe, Sophie Pugh, Michael & Shirley Powell, Susa Quinn, Francisco Rosas, Cristiano Renno, Ben Russell, Isabel Sierra, Gory Smelley, Allie Silver, UJI, UNA Art Logistics, Chanel Von Habsburg-Lothringen, Cristiana Yamamoto, Matthew Wood, ZZK Records. And to our friends at Austin Art Services, the Big Bend Sentinel, The Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation, Lost Horse Saloon, and Marfa Public Radio.