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 collaborators across a multitude of disciplines.
Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio, he recently scored Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go’, ‘Bernadette’ with Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, and Laurence Fishburne for Annapurna Pictures, ‘Happy Jail’ for Netflix, the Rude Mechs’ ‘Stop Hitting Yourself’ for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin’s ‘Grimm Tales’, and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, ‘The Marfa Triptych’. He has performed on an array of legendary stages, from the Kennedy Center to the Green Mill Tavern to the Conan O’Brien Show. His Creative Capital Award-Winning project, ‘Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance’, a bilingual cross-border opera created with librettists Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Mexico City) and director Shawn Sides (Rude Mechs), has been staged in over a dozen cities in North America.
As Artistic Director of the non-profit Golden Hornet, he leads efforts which draw on the collaborative spirit of rock bands and the composer-led nature of classical music, with a focus on commissioning new music, fostering young and emerging composers, and presenting adventurous works in non-traditional settings. Alongside Kronos Quartet’s longtime cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, he curated ‘The Sound of Science’, an interdisciplinary, multimedia performance that is touring internationally.
Reynolds leads the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio. 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, ten Austin Critics Table Awards, the John Bustin Award, multiple Austin Chronicle Best Composer wins, and a B. Iden Payne Award. His latest studio effort, ‘MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite’, was released in fall 2019. Graham recently signed with Fire Records and is set to release his original score for Alfred Hitchcock’s silent classic, ‘The Lodger’.