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MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite was originally commissioned by Ballroom Marfa. The work, composed by Golden Hornet Artistic Director Graham Reynolds, merges instrumental country music and western soundtracks with a power jazz rhythm section, a classic string quartet, all alongside horns. In total, a fourteen member ensemble featuring legendary country guitarist Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane, and ever-smiling pedal steel player Ricky Davis (Dale Watson).

MARFA had an initial performance, but it had yet to reach its full potential... until now. This year, as our latest endeavor, Golden Hornet is bringing this work across the finish line, resulting in a full score reflecting the lessons learned in the initial premiere of 2013, a studio album, a live performance, and a new community built around the melding of two musical languages.

We hope you'll join us for an engaging conversation led by KUTX's Rebecca McInroy, happening on September 10th. It will explore the project, the genres it brings together, and the cultures between. Graham Reynolds, Redd Volkaert, and two additional guests.