October Playlist by Susannah Joffe

Landmarks
15 October 2021

Now in its third season, Listening with Landmarks is a digital initiative featuring playlists curated by prominent Austin musicians and music personalities. Inspired by works from the Landmarks collection, the playlists cut across musical categories to include rock, Classical, Tejano, R&B, reggae, and country. One playlist is released each month on Landmarks' website, social media channels, and on Spotify.

Previous playlist contributors have ranged from Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay to Bob Schenider to Jackie Venson, reflecting the broad depth and diverse tastes of Austin’s musical community. Season three promises to be equally compelling, featuring playlists from the following:

Britt Daniel – Jelly Ellington – Ruthie Foster – Susannah Joffe – Mélat – Mobley

Carrie Rodriguez – Rachel Rascoe – TC Superstar – Kelly Willis – Y'all Out Boy

Read more about the program, this season’s line up, and previous seasons in the Press Release.

 

Susannah Joffe - 15 October, 2021

Singer-songwriter Susannah Joffe is a senior at UT Austin. Joffe's music combines Austin’s country-blues roots with a queer pop edge, infusing her songs like Backseat and Halloween with universal narratives of love and loss while centering the queer experience. Inspired by Casey Reas' A Mathematical Theory of Communication, it includes songs by Charli XCX, Clairo, The Childlike Empress, and more.

Listen below or on Spotify to Joffe's playlist inspired by Casey Reas' A Mathematical Theory of Communication.

 

Britt Daniel - 15 September, 2021

Britt Daniel is the co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Spoon. Responding to the Western roots of Deborah Butterfield’s Vermillion, Daniel pulls together songs from Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and others. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Daniel's playlist inspired by Deborah Butterfield's Vermillion.

 

Season Two (2020-2021)

Caitlin Jones - 15 August, 2021

Caitlin Jones is Landmarks' summer 2021 communications intern. Jones is a current student in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and is a former Landmarks Preservation Guild Member (LPG). Inspired by her time caring for Tony Smith's Amaryllis as part of LPG, Jones created a plalist playing off the minmalism and potential expression of the sculpture. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Jones' playlist inspired by Tony Smith's Amaryllis.

 

Jessamine Batario - 15 July, 2021

Jessamine Batario is an art historian with a PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in the study of modern and contemporary art through an investigation of the aesthetic, critical, and historical interplay between Byzantine and modern art. She is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Maine. Inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin, Batario's playlist selections play off the physical weight of the sculpture. It juxtaposes hits like Beast of Burden by the Rolling Stones with songs like Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + The Machine.

Listen below or on Spotify to Batario's playlist inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin

 

Hayden Juroska - 15 June, 2021

Hayden Juroska is a second-year UT Student pursuing a double-major in Anthropology and Art History. Inspired by Juan Hamilton's Curve and Shadow, No. 2, Juroska's playlist is a pop-infused mix of hits, including songs by The Strokes, Beach House, Billie Eilish, and others. 


Listen below or on Spotify to Juroska's playlist inspired by Juan Hamilton’s Curve and Shadow, No. 2

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Rogers' playlist inspired by Tony Smith’s Amaryllis.

 

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. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Wilson's playlist inspired by Beth Campbell's Spontaneous Future(s), Possible Past.

 

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.  

Listen below or on Spotify to Como Las Movies' playlist inspired by Magdalena Abakanowicz's Figure on a Trunk

 

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. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Lyon's playlist inspired by Beverly. Pepper's Harmonious Triad

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Lyon's playlist inspired by Cassey Reas' A Mathematical Form of Communication.

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Boyfriend ATX's playlist inspired by Deborah Butterfield's Vermillion.

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

Listen below or on Spotify to Black Joe Lewis' playlist inspired by Casey Reas' A Mathematical Form of Communication.

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Tiarra Girls' playlist inspired by James Turrell's The Color Inside

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 FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

Listen below or on Spotify to Schneider's playlist inspired by Hans Hokanson's Source.

 

Season One (2019-2020)

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Berkshire Hounds’ playlist inspired by Koren Der Harootian's Prometheus and Vulture.

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Hunter's playlist inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin

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. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Davis' playlist inspired by José Parlá's Amistad América.

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. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Slevin's playlist inspired by José Parlá's Amistad América

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.  

Listen below or on Spotify to Williams' playlist inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin

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. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Parker's playlist inspired by both of Sol Lewitt's pieces, Circle with Towers and Wall Drawing #520.

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Alvarez's playlist inspired by Beth Campbell's Spontaneous Future(s), Possible Past.

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

Listen below or on Spotify to Hinsley's playlist inspired by Juan Hamilton's Curve and Shadow, No. 2.

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Gregg's playlist inspired by Michael Ray Charles' (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations.

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Schneider's playlist inspired by Walter Dusenberry's Pedogna. 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Reynolds' playlist inspired by Ursula von Rydingsvard's Untitled (Seven Mountains). 

 

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

Listen below or on Spotify to Reynaga's playlist inspired by Robert Murray's CHILKAT.

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Savage's playlist inspired by Louise Bourgeois's Eyes

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

Listen below or on Spotify to Aielli's playlist inspired by Marc Quinn's Spiral of the Galaxy

 

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 InstagramFacebook, 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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Lukens’ playlist responding to Hans Hokanson’s Source.

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Bergara's playlist responding to José Parlá's Amistad América

 

 

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.

Listen below or on Spotify to Burch's playlist responding to Anita Weschler’s Victory Ball.

 

PETER BAY - 25 November, 2019

Peter Bay is the Music Director and longest serving conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. 

Listen below or on Spotify to Bay's playlist responding to Deborah Butterfield's Vermillion. 

 

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 Spotifyitunes, and Amazon and find her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook

Listen below or on Spotify to her playlist responding to Magdalena Abakanowicz's Figure on a Trunk

 

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