Graham Reynolds Debuts His Creative Capital Project "Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance"

Nov 11 2016 - Nov 12 2016


Ballroom Marfa - The Crowley Theater
98 South Austin Street
Marfa, TX

The Marfa Triptych is three portraits of West Texas as envisioned by Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds, inspired by Reynolds’ interest in the intermingled populations of the Texas-Mexico border regions, from ejido to ranch to the visual arts community. The final chapter of the Triptych, Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, will be performed on November 11 and 12 at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas.

The final piece in the TriptychPancho Villa From a Safe Distance, is an experimental chamber opera for two singers and six instrumentalists using a hybrid of compositional techniques, including looping and sampling, overdubbed layers of vocals, improvisation mixed with notation, remixes by Mexican electronic artists, and devised theater staging and conception practices. A culmination of the themes developed in the first two sections, Pancho Villa reflects the Mexican and Mexican-American impact on the region, the permeability of borders, and the limitations of our concept of delineated states.

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