Graham Reynolds (composer)

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Graham Reynolds
Birth name Graham Eric Reynolds
Born (1971-03-05)March 5, 1971
Frankfurt, Germany (U.S. Army Base)
Occupation(s) Bandleader, Pianist, Composer
Instruments Piano, drums
Years active 1995–present

Graham Eric Reynolds is an Austin, Texas-based composer-bandleader-improvisor. Called “the quintessential modern composer” by the London Independent, Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, rock clubs and concert halls with a wide range of collaborators across a multitude of disciplines.

Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio, he recently scored Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” with Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne for Amazon Studios, the Rude Mechs’ “Stop Hitting Yourself” for Lincoln Center Theater, Ballet Austin’s “Belle Redux”, and a multi-year commission from Ballroom Marfa, “The Marfa Triptych”. His Creative Capital Award winning project, “Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance”, a chamber opera created with librettists Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (Mexico City) and director Shawn Sides, is currently touring.

With the jazz-based but far reaching Golden Arm Trio, Reynolds has repeatedly toured the country and released four critically acclaimed albums. As Artistic Director of Golden Hornet, he has produced over 60 concerts of world premiere alt-classical music by more than 70 composers, as well as countless pieces of his own. 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, nine Austin Critics Table Awards, the John Bustin Award, multiple Austin Chronicle Best Composer wins, and a B. Iden Payne Award. Graham recently released a twelve album set on Innova Recordings in early 2017.[1]

Golden Arm Trio[edit]

Reynolds’ regular performance and recording vehicle, Golden Arm Trio, is a band in name only, with Reynolds the sole constant member. The Austin, Texas based band has performed throughout the US, released three CDs in addition to the soundtrack to the Warner Brothers’ film A Scanner Darkly.[2]

Golden Hornet[edit]

Along with fellow composer Peter Stopschinski, Reynolds founded Golden Hornet in 1999. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Golden Hornet draws on the collaborative spirit of rock bands and the composer-led nature of classical music, commissioning new music, fostering young and emerging composers, and presenting adventurous works in non-traditional settings.


Reynolds prolific output includes five symphonies, two operas, string quartets, and countless chamber music pieces, in addition to the work with Golden Arm Trio and in film, dance, and theater.


Of Reynolds' many film scores, the soundtrack to Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is the most prominent. The 2006 Warner Brothers release featured Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder. The soundtrack was released by Lakeshore Records.

Other features have included The Journeyman, Moonlight by the Sea, All About Tesla, Gretchen, I'll Come Running, in 2013 Before Midnight and others.

Live film-collage artist Luke Savisky is a frequent collaborator. The multi-projectionist has been a featured artist at the Sundance Film Festival and tours regularly.


Reynolds composes regularly for theater and is a member of two theater companies, Rude Mechanicals (theater company) and Salvage Vanguard Theater. Rude Mechs are an internationally known experimental theater company that has toured throughout the United States and in Europe. Salvage Vanguard was the birthplace of the live sci-fi radio serial The Intergalactic Nemesis, which is now touring nationally; plans are under way to premiere Off-Broadway. In 2013, Reynolds composed the score for The Hidden Room Theatre's premiere of Paul Menzer's play, Invisible, Inc., directed by Beth Burns.[3]

Evel Knievel vs. Godzilla: Soundtrack to the Play Stadium Devildare was released on CD in 2004. More of Reynolds’ theater music is featured on Golden Arm Trio albums.


Reynolds has composed for dance throughout his career, most recently completing a concert length ballet with Ballet Austin called Cult of Color: Call to Color with choreographer Stephen Mills and visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. Other dance collaborators have included choreographers Yakov Sharir, Andrea Ariel, Ellen Bartel, Margery Segal, and others.

The full score to Cult of Color was released on CD and online in April 2008, and music from other dance pieces are featured on Golden Arm Trio’s Why the Sea is Salt and The Tick-Tock Club.

He also collaborated with Ballet Austin in 2010 for "The Bach Project" and will be working with Mills on "The Mozart Project" which will premiere in Fall 2011 at the beginning of their 2011-2012 season. Graham will select Mozart pieces to abstract and recreate in his own vision. The score will be for amplified and effected violin and cello.


Reynolds is a vegan and does not smoke, and did not drink until recently.

Christina Marrs of Asylum Street Spankers is now collaborating with Reynolds.[4]

As a free-lance writer, he writes feature articles and book reviews for the Austin Chronicle.

Reynolds teaches music theory and composition at the Austin Chamber Music Center.


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