In November 2019 Landmarks launched Listening with Landmarks, a digital initiative featuring playlists curated by prominent musicians, composers, radio personalities, and others from the Austin music scene. Inspired by works from the Landmarks collection, the playlists cut across musical categories to include genres such as opera, Tejano, rock, reggae, and country. Two playlists are released each month and are available on Landmarks' website, social media channels, and on Spotify.
For centuries, art has served as a source of inspiration for musicians. Exploring this synergy and tapping in to Austin’s love of music, Listening with Landmarks will provide new points of entry for engaging with the university’s public art collection and offer insight into the musical stylings and tastes of Austin music notables, including (in alphabetical order): John Aielli, Emilio Alvarez, Peter Bay, Stephanie Bergara, Molly Burch, Liz Cass, Morgan Davis, Gavin Garcia, Nick Gregg, Matthew Hinsley, David Hunter, Walker Lukens, Steve Parker, Graham Reynolds, Lesly Reynaga, Steve Savage, Sara Schneider, Patrick Slevin, and Jackie Venson.
Listening with Landmarks builds upon existing Landmarks initiatives designed to engage the music community. In 2015, Landmarks partnered with Texas Performing Arts, the Butler School of Music, and Fusebox Festival to develop Sound in Sculpture, an annual program featuring original music compositions written in response to select works in the collection. Earlier this fall, Landmarks launched Songs in the Skyspace, a new series featuring musical performances inside James Turrell’s Skyspace, The Color Inside.
We are pleased to announce season two of Listening with Landmarks, featuring monthly playlists from a dynamic new lineup of Austin music favorites. Launching with a playlist from troupadour Bob Schneider, this year's contributors also include: Samona Berry (KAZI), DJ Boyfriend, Tiarra Girls, Black Joe Lewis, Alex Lyon (Bubble Studios), Como Las Movies, Justin Sherburn, and Ann Wilson (KMFA). The new season will also feature guest playlists from the Austin community, selected by Landmarks staff.
Tim Rogers - 15 May, 2021
Tim Rogers is a composer, pianist, percussionist, photographer and higher education administrator based in Austin, Texas. Currently, Rogers is the Assistant Director for Student Engagement for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas. In this role, he works to increase student involvement in the arts. As a part of this work, Rogers co-founded and is the co-director of the Sound in Sculpture concert series, an ongoing partnership with Landmarks and the Butler School of Music that just celebrated its 6th concert.
Ann Wilson - 15 April, 2021
Ann Wilson is President and General Manager for KMFA Classical 89.5, Austin's dedicated classical radio station. Wilson's playlist includes songs by singer-songwriter Peter Allen, string quartets, The Beatles, and more.
Como Las Movies - 15 March, 2021
Como Las Movies is an Indie-Cumbia-Pop quartet based in Austin, Texas. The band combines pan-Latin and contemporary influences into a duality that NPR described as “...a colorful, cultural soundscape from a unique blend of instruments.” Nelson Valente Aguilar, an Austinite by way of border town McAllen, Texas, is chief songwriter for Como Las Movies. The band was nominated for “Best Latin Band” in the 2020 Austin Music Awards, and have performed as part of SXSW, Austin Blues on the Green summer series, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Tour.
Justin Sherburn - 15 February, 2021
Justin Sherburn is a composer, producer, and musical director based in Austin, Texas. He writers, arranges, and records at his home studio in Montopolis, Texas. He received a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Sherburn's music can be heard on PBS programming and appears regularly on Augistin radio station KUT. Justin has composed for television, theater, and dance performances.
Alex Lyon - 15 January, 2021
Alex Lyon joined The Bubble Recording Studio in Austin, Texas as a partner in 2002. With years of experience at renowned studios across the Northeastern US under his belt, Lyon has been instrumental in the local recording field. With his steady hand and golden ear, Lyon has led the development of the Bubble into a supercharged music production facility that is precision-designed for artists to record their music just the way they intend, in perfect balance from start to finish. Follow The Bubble Recording Studio on Facebook and Instagram.
DJ Boyfriend - 15 December, 2020
Boyfriend ATX is Ezra Edwards, born and raised in Austin, Texas. Boyfriend has been a DJ and event producer in Austin since 2010 and has been voted Austin Chronicle's Critic's Choice Best "Lez Get the Party Started DJ" in 2014. Boyfriend was also voted Winner of Best DJ of ATX in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In addition, Boyfriend ATX has raised funds for local causes such as Planned Parenthood, SAFE Austin, Out Youth, The Texas Advocacy Project for Equality TX and is dedicated to serving the community and having fun. Keep up with Boyfriend ATX on Facebook and Instagram.
Black Joe Lewis - 15 November, 2020
Austin-based Black Joe Lewis is a contemporary singer and guitarist with a bent for vintage blues, soul, and R&B. Backed by his band, The Honeybears, Lewis draws inspiration from legendary "shouters" such as Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, as well as smoother crooners including Sam Cooke. In 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears as one of the "Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009's SXSW Festival." And in 2017, his album, Backlash debuted at number 3 in the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts. You can find Black Joe Lewis on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.
Tiarra Girls - 15 October, 2020
Tiarra Girls are the fierce sisterhood of Tiffany, Tori, and Sophia Baltierra of Austin, Texas. The band has garnered three-time Austin Music Awards and are also alumnae of The Ann Richards School. With many musical influences both in English and Spanish, the power trio delivers an eclectic sound and anthemic lyrics celebrating a message of unity and empowerment. Keep up with Tiarra Girls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Bob Schneider - 21 September, 2020
Bob Schneider is an Austin-based musician and artist. He has studied visual art - his other primary passion - at the University of Texas El Paso, before moving to Austin and establishing himself as a musician. Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals, rounding in at 54 total awards to date. He continues to perform and create new music, even writing poetry, and regularly showing his visual art in galleries around Austin. Keep up with Schneider on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Berkshire Hounds - 17 August, 2020
Berkshire Hounds formed in 2011 by roommates Jim Campo and Spencer Garland in Austin, Texas. Later joined by drummer Jordan Cook and bassist Alexander (“Z”) Lynch, Berkshire Hounds is an eclectic rock band that have played alongside local legends such as Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Emily Gimble, and Black Joe Lewis. Dubbed the “rock ‘n’ roll hoodlum tangent” by KUTX, you can check out Berkshire Hounds on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.
David Hunter - 3 August, 2020
David Hunter was Music Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin from 1988 to 2017. He is now Librarian Emeritus. After an intensive musical education as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral, he went on to sing with numerous collegiate and city choirs including the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble. He is the author or editor of several books including The Lives of George Frideric Handel (2015), in which he revealed that Handel had investments in the slave-trading Royal African Company. He is writing a book on the connections between music, slavery, and settler colonialism.
Morgan Davis - 13 July, 2020
Morgan Davis is the Editor in Chief and contributor for Ovrld, an Austin-focused music blog. Ovrld is the only Austin music publication dedicated to local artists, providing in-depth interviews, reviews, photo essays, features and more. Davis is also Artist Manager for Kady Rain, J Goons, Jukebox, Croom, Curbside Jones, and Quentin Arispe.
Patrick Slevin - 29 June, 2020
Patrick Slevin is the founder of Austin Soundwaves. Formed in 2011, Austin Soundwaves makes music learning accessible and equitable to more than 300 students in grades 1-12 across Central Texas. He received degrees in Music and Urban Studies from Northwestern University and completed the "Sistema Fellows Program" at The New England Conservatory. Patrick has taught in over 15 El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, Mexico, and in Venezuela. He is a past board member and Governance Committee Chair of El Sistema USA and is a member of the Community Advisory Board for KMFA Classical 89.5.
Joe Williams - 15 June, 2020
Joe Williams is the Artistic Director and Composer for Austin Classical Guitar. Inspired by our time and the myths we create, Joe makes music for people. His most recent works, including together, dream and i/we (winner of the Austin Chronicle prize for Best New Composition of 2017), are community-oriented, collaborative and multimedia projects focused on expanding our understanding of each other. You can learn more about Austin Classical Guitar by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Steve Parker - 1 June, 2020
Steve Parker is a composer, musician, and multi-disciplinary artist. He has worked as a Fulbright Scholar and a Harrington Scholar and has been the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and others. As a current faculty member at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Parker directs the Trombone Studio, the Trombone Choir, and teaches courses in Electronic Music, Sound Art, New Media, Music Business, and Music Marketing.
Emilio Alvarez - 20 May, 2020
Emilio Alvarez is an on-air host at KMFA. 89.5 - Austin's Classical Music Radio Station. He is a lifelong cellist and served as principal cellist of the Southwestern University and Trinity University Orchestras in San Antonio, Texas. Alvarez frequently performs with indigenous music groups, experimental free jazz bands, and classical ensembles. Catch him on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Breakfast Blend.
Matthew Hinsley - 4 May, 2020
Matthew Hinsley is the Executive Director of Austin Classical Guitar and has worked to support broad concert, outreach, and educational programming to build the nation's largest classical guitar nonprofit organization. Dr. Hinsley was trained as a classical guitarist and vocalist at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin. You can learn more about Austin Classical Guitar by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Nick Gregg - 20 April, 2020
Nick Gregg is the bandleader and founder of Mother Falcon, a symphonic rock band from Austin, Texas. Founded in 2008, Mother Falcon performs internationally with a 12-16 member ensemble and has garnered "Best Avante-Garde" Artist in the Austin Music Awards category. Check out Mother Falcon on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram.
Sara Schneider - 6 april, 2020
Sara Schneider is a music historian and DJ host on KMFA 89.5 | Austin's Classical Music Radio Station. Schneider has interviewed early music luminaries such as Ton Koopman, Anonymous 4, Jordi Savall, and the late Gustav Leonhardt. Schneider hosts "Breakfast Blend" weekdays from 6am - 10am and "Early Music Now" every Sunday at 10am.
Graham Reynolds - 23 March, 2020
Graham Reynolds is one of Austin's most celebrated composers. Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theatre, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to Ballet Austin and more. You can follow Reynolds on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Lesly reynaga - 2 March, 2020
Lesly Reynaga is a singer and songwriter originally from Monterrey, Mexico who now calls Austin home. Declared as "one of Austin's most formidable pop songwriters", writes the Austin American Statesman, Reynaga's music transcends language, culture and musical genres. Check out Reynaga on Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify.
Steve Savage - 17 February, 2020
Steve Savage is the Station Manager and DJ at KAZI, Austin's premiere black radio station. His DJ career first began in California at high school sock-hops and transitioned with his move to Austin to owner and operator of the S and S Record Pool and Mobile DJ, Inc. After volunteering for KAZI from 1986-1996, Steve became manager and now hosts every Monday and Tuesday, 9am - 12pm and Tuesday and Friday, 1pm - 3pm.
John Aielli - 3 February, 2020
John Aielli is the longtime favorite DJ at KUT and has hosted KUT's radio show, "Eklektikos", since the early 1970's. Known for his quirky words of wisdom and diverse musical selections on air, John has become one of Austin's local legends in the music scene. You can listen to "Eklektikos with John Aielli" Mondays - Thursdays from 6am - 8am on KUTX 98.9.
Liz cass - 20 January, 2020
Liz Cass is the Executive Director of Armstrong Community Music School and a celebrated opera singer. As the originator of the mezzo role in Graham Reynold’s opera, “Pancho Villa: From a Safe Distance”, Cass recently garnered an Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Singer. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and her website to keep up with her performance schedule.
Listen below or on Spotify to Cass’ playlist inspired by the Landmarks collection.
Walker Lukens - 6 January, 2020
Walker Lukens is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Austin. Known for his eclectic song-writing abilities, his latest album ADULT has received praise from Billboard, NPR’s All Songs Considered, and more. Stream ADULT on Spotify and check out Lukens on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Stephanie Bergara - 23 December, 2019
Stephanie Bergara is the lead singer of the Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. Bergara is also a programmer for the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division and organizer of Chingona Fest. Find Bergara on Spotify and Instagram and find Bidi Bidi Banda on Instagram.
Molly Burch - 9 December, 2019
Molly Burch is an Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician. Her new album The Molly Burch Christmas Album is available on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music and find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
PETER BAY - 25 November, 2019
Peter Bay is the Music Director and longest serving conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Jackie Venson - 18 November, 2019
Jackie Venson is an Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician. Praised for her guitar playing, Venson graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011. Venson's new album Joy is available on Spotify, itunes, and Amazon and find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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