Conlon Nancarrow, subject of a new documentary

  • Janet Greeson
  • Conlon Nancarrow, subject of a new documentary

Of all the famous Arkansas musicians you can name, it’s all right if you’re not familiar with avant garde composer Conlon Nancarrow. Dr. James Greeson, writer and director of the new documentary “Conlon Nancarrow: Virtuoso of the Player Piano,” didn’t know Nancarrow was from Arkansas until after he started professing music up in Fayetteville. Greeson grew fascinated with Nancarrow’s strange and groundbreaking compositions, and embarked on an extensively researched documentary detailing Nancarrow’s life. The result is a largely educational but over all fascinating portrait of a musical genius who grew up in Texarkana.