This weekend, musicians, artists and aficionados of independent music are traveling from across the country and descending on Marfa for the “Marfa Myths” music and arts festival.
A collaboration of the non-profit arts organization Ballroom Marfa and the Brooklyn-based Mexican Summer record label, the event is a follow-up to last year’s Mexican Summer Festival held at El Cosmico, which prompted one Pitchfork writer to officially declare Marfa once and for all, “Weirder Than Austin.”
A handful of the musicians and artists will join us at our New Home on the Range for radio conversations about their work. Here’s a complete rundown:
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 PM – Jefre Cantu-Ledesma joins us on-air to talk about his music and his “Sound Bath” installation at The Well in Marfa.
Friday, March 13, 6:30 PM – Matt Papich, aka Co La, talks about his sample-based electronic recordings, and his work with the Brooklyn-based record label Software Recording Co.
Saturday, March 14, 2 – 3 PM – Daniel Chamberlin of Inter-Dimensional Music hosts an hour of free-form radio featuring music, interviews and live performances with artists on the Marfa Myths lineup, including Steve Gunn and Weyes Blood.
Last year’s festival featured underground musicians Quilt, Connan Mockasin, Weyes Blood and No Joy, among others.
For this year’s festival, Mockasin and labelmate Weyes Blood return to Marfa, joined by musicians and sound artists whose work ranges from the minimalist, drone-influenced sound portraits of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, to the John Fahey and Sandy Bull-inspired folk-rock stylings of Steve Gunn.