The North Door
"...Well, yes, of course Graham Reynolds and Shawn Sides are a couple. A lot of people are couples..."
"...And just beyond the piano, framed by familiar cascades of long, brown hair is another grin, this more Cheshire Cat-like, that signals satisfaction with both the music and its performer's response. That would belong to Graham Reynolds, one of the live music capital's busiest musicmakers (Golden Hornet Project co-founder; frequent composer of scores for Richard Linklater films, plays for the Rude Mechs, and dances for Forklift Danceworks and Ballet Austin; and, as of this week, recipient of $95,000 in support from Creative Capital [$50,000 to develop his chamber opera Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance and $45,000 for career development])..."
"..."The immediate problem when you approach the scoring of a science-fiction film is that it's set in the future or on an alien world or whatever the story demands of you musically," explains Austin composer Graham Reynolds...."
"...It's called Salon Vanguard, and it's a swanky, jazz-styled party of old-timey libations & a whole catered feast, with live music from the East Side Dandies (featuring Westen Borghesi of the White Ghost Shivers and the Squirrel Nut Zippers' Reese Gray) and Graham Reynolds & his percussive 88s, and so on like that for a night of posh revelry among the elegant polished-wood interiors & verdant landscaping of Eponymous Garden. This was one of our favorite events of 2010, and now it returns, sharper than before & as enjoyable as ever, with proceeds going to benefit Salvage Vanguard Theater. It's like the perfect romantic date at a fine restaurant, srsly, except that it's also got entertainment you'll not soon forget and it's likely less of a dent to your culinary-based love-budget: $60 per couple ($40, single tickets). On a Tuesday night, no less! (Yes, that's right, we said "love-budget." Surely you set aside some simeoleons for wooing? Surely it's not only Chester Brown who has a "love-budget," right?) Here's a chance to impress your significant other (or the one that you'd like to be more significant of an other) or just treat yourself to a night among the fashionable folks feasting & frolicking in fierce finery. Alliteration not required; jacket optional; hell, you might even win an iPad...."
"...Prelude: Scherzo Little does he know it, but Keith Reynolds is performing his pratfalls in the right place. Younger sibling of this evening's guest of honor, Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds, Keith opens his brother's well-attended CD release party and buffet dinner with a bruising 45-minute impression of the late comedian Chris Farley envisioned as an earnest, acoustic guitar-wielding Austin singer-songwriter..."
"...This original dance is the brainchild of Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills, who approached Hancock about bringing his work to the stage and engaged compositional wunderkind Graham Reynolds to provide its score and sounds. Together, the three set out to translate the dense, fantastic chronicle of the black-and-white Vegans, their discovery of color through the priest Sesom, and the fateful repercussions of that act from still life in two dimensions to motion and sound in three...."
"...Graham Reynolds will go just about anywhere, musically speaking. To date, his compositional output includes jazz, rock, funk, and even sea shanties with his band Golden Arm Trio; his own symphonies; operas about Genghis Khan and Baba Yaga for Salvage Vanguard Theater; the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's film A Scanner Darkly; country & western ballads for the Rude Mechanicals' El Paraiso; scores to the silent films Battleship Potemkin and Orphans of the Storm; a violin concerto; big band music; and more than a dozen string quartets..."
"...Keyboards, drums, amplifiers, stand-up bass, and bassist leave room for the xylophone on the floor in front of the stage only. Graham Reynolds wonders how nine musicians are going to fit up there...."
"...Back to back CD releases this weekend – Friday at the United States Art Authority with Mother Falcon for triple concerto The Difference Engine and Saturday at the Continental Club for Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington – sum up their celebrant Graham Reynolds in a word: ambitious. We emailed about Ellingtonia, concertos, and remixes...."
"...Given the amount of work they've done in all corners of Austin's creative scene, Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski probably need no introduction, but let's introduce them anyway: leaders of their own bands over the last decade (Golden Arm Trio and Brown Whörnet, respectively); composers for films, dances, theatre productions, and a plethora of musical ensembles; and performers who have recorded music together and separately. In February of this year, the two men, under the banner of their Golden Hornet Project, debuted their separate sixth symphonies in consecutive performances on the same program, which won the award for Outstanding Symphonic Performance from the Austin Critics Table..."
"...As Peter Stopschinski explains it, about a year ago, his friend and co-conspirator in the Golden Hornet Project Graham Reynolds suggested that Stopschinski make an album of instrumental music that was just for Stopschinski's personal pleasure. So he did, and tonight at the North Door, he'll unveil the results in a free live show...."
"...So, yeah, Graham Reynolds...."
"...Yes, that's Tim Doyle's artwork enhancing the lines of the familiar set where Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter and Jason Neulander and Danu Uribe and Graham Reynolds and Buzz Moran are performing for your amusement this evening...."
"...Popular mixologist and Handyman Collins creator Adam Bryan will be slingin' up drink menus in accordance with the evolving themes of music the award-winning score writer and composer Graham Reynolds and friends decide to jam, starting with jazz one week and moving on to country the next...."
"...When Graham Reynolds furrows his brow, now that's a furrowed brow. When Graham Reynolds gets his frown on, it's not like the frown of just any mortal..."
"...Regardless of what you ultimately take away from the music of Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds and Brown Whörnet's Peter Stopschinski, seeing their "underground symphony" vision come to fruition is bound to be inspirational. After all, not just anyone could convene an orchestra outside the financial tent of both universities and commissions...."
"...Where does it all come from? Certainly, some credit is due the composition division at the University of Texas' Butler School of Music, where faculty composers Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Russell Pinkston, Bruce Pennycook, and Yevgeniy Sharlat have been busily producing their own new music even as they've been training young composers to produce theirs. But Austin wouldn't have half the new classical scene it does without the presence of Graham Reynolds, Peter Stopschinski, and P..."
"...Unless you’d already learned: Whatever there is in this world, there are often so many different kinds of it. You wouldn’t think, either, that Graham Reynolds, a man whose head is usually filled with music & whose time is so packed with projects involving the architecture of notes and the arrangement of instruments playing those notes, would know the first damned thing about mustard. Unless you’d already asked him about other seemingly random subjects over the years and had come to understand that, damn, there’s a lot of seemingly random subjects that the longhaired maestro’s intentionally schooled himself on, to near-expert depth. I’m not sure if Reynolds was already autodidacted into such knowledge of coffee when he (and about 100 other people) attended the party that my ex-wife and I threw out in Bastrop years ago:The party that featured tastings of Kopi Luwak, the legendary weasel-shit coffee.But that event was a success, and so my ex and I had tentatively planned another party.This time, we figured, we’d serve nothing but those gigantic Dutch pretzelsand a variety of mustards. Oh, hell yes. But we put it off, and we put it off, and then we got divorced. But so last year, almost a decade down the road, as I was standing at the bar of the Tigress on North Loop, standing there with Reynolds and Hank Cathey and Ron Berry and several other creative types, standing there in a group gathered to discuss possible food-track events for Fusebox Festival, I said to Hank Cathey, “Okay, here’s a thing.” And I told him about the unfulfilled Mustard Party idea. Reynolds, standing next to Cathey, set down his cocktail..."
"...See, they have a gig lined up – a big gig. They're two weeks out from playing on the stage of Dell Hall, where they will be joining 189 other young musicians to premiere a new work by Graham Reynolds..."
"...Accolades are rolling in for Graham Reynolds' new double whammy, The Difference Engine and Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington (see "Texas Platters," Feb. 11)..."
"...Graham Reynolds, The Method Gun Video Design..."
"...The festival officially known as Shostakovich 100: Austin Celebrates has been in the planning stages for almost two years. The Chronicle sat down with Maestro Buckley and Austin Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Bay and composer Graham Reynolds, both of whom have been heavily involved in the development of the festival, to learn more about why they believe Shostakovich merits this kind of celebration and how it came about.The Composer..."
"...Graham ReynoldsThe Difference Engine (Innova) Graham Reynolds & the Golden Arm TrioDuke! Three Portraits of Ellington (Innova)..."
"...But in Salvage Vanguard's version, the story is only half of it. The other half is Graham Reynolds' score, which keeps you on the edge of your seat..."
"...You can feel the people just like you feel the art. Why do we have to be so alone? It just doesn't seem right." Graham Reynolds' Marfa Transport..."
"..."Bounce: Suite in A Minor," Graham Reynolds..."
"...And the musical score for all this history and so many of the projects relevant to it, before and during and likely after Manor Road? That score's woven from compositions by Austin's relentless maestro Graham Reynolds. Picture him, superimposed on each instance, a mostly ghostly princely presence, his long hair gently swaying or madly flying, his fingers coaxing beauty from or just about laying waste to some trembling, ecstatic keyboard...."
"...A century before the dawn of the Internet, Americans purchased sheet music of the day's popular songs and performed them at home (revisit Graham Reynolds' review of Beck's Song Reader, "Phases & Stages," Jan. 25)..."
"...He best of all represented the evening: Emo's goes to the Symphony. Its mastermind, Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds, also wore a suit of smiles, decked in his best thrift-store plaid and playing host to a full house of Red River regulars filing in past the sign proclaiming Turner Hall established 1871..."
"...5) "THOUGH THE EARTH GIVES WAY" (Ballet Austin) The middle work in BA's The Graham Reynolds Project pulled us into a cell-like space where Stephen Mills had six dancers move to Reynolds' percussive score in ways that were provocative, incredibly fluid, and athletic to the point of astonishment...."
"...Graham Reynolds, Genghis Khan..."
"...Stopschinski, Baldwin, and Golden Hornet Project co-founder Graham Reynolds engaged an eclectic team of composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw (part of the choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth), Glenn Kotchke (Wilco), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Spanish Gold), Todd Reynolds, and DJ Spooky, among others. Reynolds and Stopschinski took on their share of sections, too...."
"...That's the kind of mental image conjured by Mozart Requiem Undead, the "reanimation" of that choral masterwork with all the parts not written by Mozart himself before his death being completed by 10 contemporary composers and stitched together into a single work. The first full performance of this Frankensteinian mass – masterminded by Golden Hornet Project leaders Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds – will kick off the 2014 Fusebox Festival, and it's precisely the kind of project that makes this hybrid arts festival such a thrilling part of Austin's cultural landscape..."
"...Watching Terril Watson climb, rung by rung by careful rung, the tower 100 feet tall, a spotlight on him, and Graham Reynolds' intense score sending your heart rate higher with every step, you could imagine yourself under the big top of old and Watson as one of those daredevils about to dive from an impossible height into a terrifyingly tiny tank of water. But as he moved gingerly onto a crossbar, nothing beneath him but fathoms of air and hard earth, the man's recorded voice, casually describing the routineness of such ascents, yanked you back to the reality that, while he was making this climb as part of a show, it's what he does in the course of his everyday job – not for the glory or roar of the crowd but to fix problems..."
"...I hesitate to say that Shannon McCormick and Graham Reynolds' Unbeaten, which finishes a two-week run at the Salvage Vanguard Theater this weekend, revels in the campiness of professional football. It might suggest that their play tries to make mockery of the game...."
"...Erickson's jagged sentiments don't even begin to cover the void that would exist should the Hole ever get filled in, so here's to at least 26 more years of truckin' for Texas' rowdiest, raunchiest historical site. --Christopher Gray Tosca String Quartet Plays The Music Of Graham Reynolds And Peter Stopschinski..."
"...Previously in the Chronicle, we've taken a glimpse into the lives and work of two Austin-based authors, Elizabeth McCracken and Edward Carey, who are happily striving and thriving together; and we've covered the bright, busy situation of theatre-and-music power couple Shawn "Rude Mechs" Sides and Graham "Golden Arm Trio" Reynolds. Now we turn our journalistic lens toward two visual artists who've been living in Austin for 23 of the 24 years that their hearts have, as the saying goes, beat as one...."
"...Parade from Seventh & Congress to Cesar Chavez and west to City Hall, led by composer Graham Reynolds & the Golden Arm Trio Brass Band and featuring Truckceratops, the Caveman Collective's bid to transcend gas-guzzling fossils; a giant bike-powered water goddess leading Barton Springs supporters dressed as swimmers, animals, and spirits; the Austin Public Library Bibliofiles, Austin's book-cart drill team; young women leaders marching with umbrellas as the Paper Parasol Paraders; large-scale sculptures of American food staples created by art students from Lanier High, McCallum Fine Arts Academy, Reagan High, Johnston High, International High, and Bowie High; young rappers and poets performing original beats and rhymes with established hip-hop artists Blacklisted Individuals, Public Offenders, and the Xblicit Dance Group; City of Austin Weirdos; costumed youngsters from the TexARTS musical-theatre academy perform songs from Damn Yankees; clown Tony Maxaroni creating balloon art; people with and without disabilities creating scenes from Alice in Wonderland in costume, floats, and puppetry; Faith Schexnayder's HEB Carmen Miranda Produce Float; and much more. EVENING PROGRAM: Ongoing all evening..."
"...GOLDEN ARM TRIO: When Graham Reynolds, sole permanent member of Golden Arm Trio, isn't busy conducting symphonies or composing pieces for string quartets, he's pounding out -- on both piano and drums -- some of the most fascinatingly cartoony avant-jazz to be found here in the River City. The Trio can take many forms, but is usually Reynolds and a couple of horn players, and any show is a nothing short of a mind-jarring adventure..."
"...Dance Concert Dancestry, Shay Ishii Dance Company The Graham Reynolds Project, Ballet Austin Edge of Grace, Blue Lapis Light In Your Shoes, Tapestry Dance Company True Story, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company The Warriors, Arcos Dance..."
"...Following an introduction by composer Graham Reynolds' atmospheric piano, which said very clearly, "Here comes something special – pay attention," the lights went up on a flipped orchestra: Bay faced the audience before the musicians, whose backs were to us. No one comes closer to playing god than an orchestra conductor, and Bay's governance was a benevolent, amiable one..."
"...Most of us can thank or blame that last-century man called Walter Elias Disney for first bringing the cromulent composer's name into our consciousness – all hopelessly entangled with cartoon images of woodland creatures traveling through some dark Russian forest. Thanks, now, to Graham Reynolds & Peter Stopschinski of the classically oriented Golden Hornet Project for re-arranging some of Prokofiev's other work for performance by modern musicians..."
"...12 in A Major. "Though the Earth Gives Way" is set to music by Graham Reynolds – who gave a nod to Mozart during the creative process but assures you won't hear any 18th century motifs in the piece – for electrified violin and cello..."
"...Given the instruments clustered on floor of ND at 501 Studios last Saturday night, we looked to be in just another music club. But once the Golden Hornet Project's Percussion VII concert started, it was clear that we were really locked inside a laboratory with bass drums, snares, timpani, marimbas, a vibraphone, glockenspiels, and cymbals standing in for the Bunsen burners, Tesla coils, and Erlenmeyer flasks of a scientific lair, and GHP masterminds Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds, along with their percussion-adept colleagues Thomas Burritt, Chuck Fischer, and Owen Weaver, filling the roles of mad scientists..."
"... Graham Reynolds and the Golden Hornet Project's three-piece string section expertly assisted DJ Spooky on Friday at Hogg Auditorium for Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, a 70-minute, three-act suite of multisensorial geological wonderment and hypnotic orchestration. "We have big talk of doing a concert and album together," says Reynolds..."
"...Fortunately, the Golden Hornet Project is around to pick up the slack, giving us regular infusions of new chamber music by local composers. Over the past seven years, GHP masterminds Graham Reynolds (Golden Arm Trio) and Peter Stopschinski (Brown Whörnet) have hosted more than two dozen concerts featuring new compositions by more than 30 composers many of them, like Reynolds and Stopschinski, drawn from Austin bands and the contemporary music scene..."
"...It's with such small strokes that the artists of this Salvage Vanguard Theater production paint their operatic portrait of the larger-than-life conqueror Genghis Khan. The 13th-century Mongol leader may have carved out an empire from the Yellow Sea to the Persian Gulf, may have been feared across Asia as the "wrath of God," but composer Graham Reynolds and librettist/director Jason Neulander have eschewed the epic approach of world-conqueror biopics such as Alexander and the monumental grandeur of old-school opera in favor of a minimalist profile..."
"...Shoulder to Shoulder, Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski..."
"...Absolutely Nothing Like Kung Pow At All, We Promise, Dept.: Although the current Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's calendar mentions their upcoming Kung Fu Masterpiece Theater in the same sentence with Steve Oedekerk's mind-suckingly godawful Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Alamo co-owner Karrie League has sworn on a stack of dry, tasteless fortune cookies that the theatre's similarly conceived redubbing of the 1973 chopsocky epic Fearless Fighters will be far less likely to have patrons jamming knitting needles in their eyes than Oedekerk's recent travesty. Here's the deal: The Alamo, in association with Buzz Moran (of Salvage Vanguard's live-radio production of The Intergalactic Nemesis) and Golden Arm Trio's Graham Reynolds, has unearthed a print of the obscure Shaw Brothers production, deleted the soundtrack, and will be screening it with a new, live soundtrack (including foley effects, natch), accompanied by a Reynolds score..."
"...photograph by John Carrico Though their sound has itsfoundations in the left-leaning outskirts of jazz, an apt description of the Golden Arm Trio's music is easier if you think in terms of approach rather than genre. For pianist/percussionist Graham Reynolds, the only constant in this ever-evolving Austin endeavor, the creative journey of improvisation comes in far ahead of commitment to a form..."