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Upcoming World Premiere of William Tyler’s Collaborative Music and Film Project, “Corduroy Roads”

Musician William Tyler.

Musician William Tyler.

Duke Performances has commissioned the exceptional solo guitarist William Tyler–who occupies the musical intersection of John Fahey and Bill Frisell–to make a new performance that reflects on the lingering legacy of the Civil War through the use of archival features and music. Corduroy Roads, created by Tyler with his collaborators filmmaker Steve Milligan and theater director Akiva Fox, is a new collaborative music and film project. The piece creates a narrative frame for extraordinary photographs of the Civil War taken by George Barnard and Alexander Gardner, 150-year-old artifacts recently acquired by Duke University Libraries. Taking these fragile and beautiful images as his inspiration, Tyler, a Southerner from Tennessee and Mississippi who grew up fascinated by the Civil War, examines questions of history, memory, and the ways in which the war haunts the South to this day.

Performance of Corduroy Roads
Thursday, November 20 through Sunday, November 23*
Varying Performance Times (Details)
305 South Dillard St., Durham, North Carolina

Corduroy Roads will be performed for an intimate audience at 305 South Dillard, a reclaimed performance space in downtown Durham. Join us for the world premiere of this important new project by Tyler, whose debut solo release Behold the Spirit was lauded by Pitchfork as “the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more.” Read more about the upcoming performance here.

*Please note that tickets for ALL performances of William Tyler’s Corduroy Roads are now sold out. There will be a waiting list available at the door an hour prior to the start of each performance. Further ticketing details can be found here.

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