Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory

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Golden Hornet Project, Inc. (now known as Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory) is an Austin, Texas based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1999 by composer-bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopchinski. Golden Hornet has premiered over 70 works by more than 60 composers rooted in wildly different musical backgrounds, with a special focus on composers who also play in bands. In 1999 this independent classical movement barely existed. Now it's thriving in cities around the world.


As part of the movement to reinvigorate new classical music for the 21st century, Golden Hornet seeks to combine the best rock music practices with the best of the traditional concert hall through fostering composers, commissioning new music and presenting works in concert. 

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“A knitted blend of polyrhythmic panache exploring what it means to communicate music between individuals and across cultures.” -SPIN Magazine

“A funky, groovy, lively, party-ready jam.” -Brooklyn Vegan

"The group’s latest hits with fantastic force, and riding its funky wave feels very, very refreshing." -PopMatters

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