The Gilmore

Conlon Nancarrow won a MacArthur Fellowship Grant for his amazing compositions for the Player Piano – the only instrument that could perform his rhythmically astonishing music when he began creating them back in the 1940s. Born in Arkansas, he left to fight against the fascists in the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s and during the 1940s he emigrated to Mexico where he lived the rest of his life. This film features performances of his music on player pianos, a performance of a recently discovered piece, and interviews with family, friends and followers.

Conlon Nancarrow: Virtuoso of the Player Piano was directed by James Greeson and is 57 minutes long.