Mexican Summer – the independent record label from Brooklyn which gave us Allah-Las, Ariel Pink, Connan Mockasin, Dungen among many others – and Ballroom Marfa – a non-profit contemporary arts foundation which produces ambitious visual arts exhibitions in Marfa, Texas – are announcing the fifth annual edition of Marfa Myths 2018, a music, visual art, and film festival taking place April 12-15 in Marfa, TX.
The lineup could not be more eclectic as it features legends of British post-punk, Wire, Brazilian Tropicália, Tom Zé, leading women voices Jessica Pratt, Circuit des Yeux and The Weather Station, acclaimed country singer and visual artist Terry Allen, fast folk raconteur Ryley Walker, Detroit dance producer Omar-S, Moroccan trance sextet Innov Gnawa, experimental Indonesian group Senyawa, Austin minimalist ensemble Thor & Friends, NYC’s maximalist Helado Negro with Ensemble, pioneering electronic synthesist Suzanne Ciani, serene sound surveyor Laraaji with Arji OceAnanda, the site-specific Gravity Hill audio / visual collaboration of Jem Cohen, Guy Picciotto, and company, and holy ambassador Connan Mockasin.
Mexican Summer and Ballroom Marfa founded the festival in 2014 with the desire to bring together emerging and established musicians with visuals artists. The idea was to make them work creatively and collaboratively across disciplines, in order to present performances and exhibitions in unusual venues across the surreal Far West Texas landscape.
The festival is deeply embedded in the high desert landscape and Marfa’s cultural history and present-day community. Marfa, known as a cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans, is a small community with a special vibe due to its unique blend of adobe architecture, borderland culture, ranching history, and the contemporary art world aesthetics.
Since 2014, Marfa Myths also commissions an artist recording residency, encouraging ecstatic collaboration and improvisation during seven days. Last year, the Weyes Blood-Ariel Pink collaboration was made available, and the collaborative EP featuring 2016 performers Woods and Dungen will be released this year. 2018 Marfa Myths’ annual recording residency will continue with Cate Le Bon and Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound), while Jesse Moretti will be the visual artist in residence.
This festival sounds like Desert Daze’s little Texan cousin, and it should captivate and satisfy all your musical and visual art envies.
Marfa Myths 2018 Lineup
Circuit des Yeux
Helado Negro with Ensemble
Gravity Hill Sound + Image:
Jem Cohen with Guy Picciotto, Jim White,
George Xylouris, Jessica Moss
Connan Mockasin & Ade Mockasin
The Weather Station
Laraaji with Arji OceAnanda
Thor & Friends
Musicians in Residence:
Cate Le Bon & Bradford Cox and more…
Ticket information for Marfa Myths can be found here.
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