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Graham Reynolds

Austin, TX            

Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Austin-based composer-bandleader-improviser Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with a wide range of collaborators across a multitude of disciplines.

Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio, he recently scored Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne for Amazon Studios, the Rude Mechs’ “Stop Hitting Yourself” for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin’s “Belle Redux”, and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, “The Marfa Triptych”.  His Creative Capital Award winning project, “Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance”, a chamber opera created with librettists Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Mexico City) and director Shawn Sides, is currently touring.

With the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, Reynolds has repeatedly toured the country and released four critically acclaimed albums.  As Artistic Director of Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory, he has produced over 60 concerts of world premiere alt-classical music by more than 70 composers, as well as countless pieces of his own.  He is a company member with the internationally acclaimed Rude Mechs theater collective and resident composer with Salvage Vanguard Theater and Forklift Danceworks.

His accolades include a Creative Capital Award, an Independent Music Award, two Frederick R. Loewe Music Theatre Awards, nine Austin Critics Table Awards, the John Bustin Award, multiple Austin Chronicle Best Composer wins, and a B. Iden Payne Award.  Graham recently released a twelve album set on Innova Recordings in early 2017.

The Difference Engine

“The Difference Engine” premiered in early 2010 with a 35-piece string orchestra at Ballet Austin. Soloists Leah Zeger on violin, Jonathan Dexter on cello, and the composer himself – Graham Reynolds – on piano fronted the debut, with parts written specifically for their skill set and personal voices. Not fully realized in his lifetime, the difference engine was the masterwork of 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage. This album, developed over a course of years, explores narrative in a way characteristic to Reynolds’ work.

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Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington

Caravan is the first track on “Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington.” The composing genius of Duke Ellington meets the ferocious energy of Jerry Lee Lewis meets the exploratory mind of Graham Reynolds in this album, with Gabriel Prokofiev, DJ Spooky, and others helping expand the vision. Seven songs done three completely different ways, one unified album.

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Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance

Composed by Graham Reynolds, “Pancho Villa From A Safe Distance” is a bi-lingual cross-border opera about Pancho Villa, the enigmatic general, legendary bandit, and hero of the Mexican Revolution. The piece is a non-linear collage of scenes from or inspired by the life of the complex, contradictory, and controversial man. He provides a lens into Mexico and the Mexican Revolution, the border, and the relationship between the communities of both nations. Previously performed in Marfa, Austin, LA, Seattle, and currently touring.

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