Thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals and blazing guitars-- A'lante Flamenco takes hold of an audience and won't let go! Directed by Olivia Chacon, the company's seven dancers and four musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and presenting flamenco to Texas audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Latin American influences. A'lante Flamenco has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco, uniting tradition and innovation Available touring programs include theatrical productions (including "Juana: First I Dream," inspired by poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale,” based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, and others) or a program appropriate for smaller venues, like "Flamencura,” which transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club. Programs can also be customized for specific events or audiences, including dance and music workshops, mini-performances, and lecture-demonstrations in Spanish or English, including discussion of history and cultural influences of flamenco. Photo by Estrella Chacon.
7113 Burnet Road
Austin, TX 78757
public performance/concert $750 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $5,000
Adler & Hearne
From Texas' upper east side, award-winning singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne connect with audiences coast to coast. Their music is a signature blend of original folk, jazz and blues with deep Texas roots. With 12+ recordings and decades of touring between them, their repertoire is playful, poignant and poetic – including sparky love ballads, historically based tributes, children’s music, quirky story songs, modern-day spirituals, and anthems of justice and peace. Raised by musical families and nurtured by choirs through college, the two met in Nashville, and now pay it forward together in performances from listening-room venues, festivals and community events to churches, libraries and schools. Lynn co-wrote the theme song for the hit PBS children’s TV series "Wishbone." Her diverse writing background brings added experience to the duo's workshops and presentations. Lindy sang in the famed Texas Boys Choir as a child, and for several years he and his band were Roy Clark’s backup group performing with Roy from Las Vegas to Hee Haw to Carnegie Hall. When you schedule Adler & Hearne to entertain for an upcoming event, think 'song circle' between Johnny and June Cash, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Astrud Gilberto, and Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. Photo by Francesco Silvestri.
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX 75494
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $300 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $350
Alley Theatre, one of the oldest theaters in the country, is an acknowledged leader in American theater. Its core values are: Creative Excellence, Serving Alley Company Artists, Community Engagement and Applied Theatre, defined as integrating drama in education, community or therapeutic contexts. The Alley's annual initiatives reach nearly 200,000 community members that reflect the ever-growing diversity of Greater Houston. The Alley Character Education Series (ACES) presents lively touring plays, specifically designed and written for kindergarten-5th grade students. Entertaining and delightfully wacky, the plays have been characterized as vaudevillian—SNL for K-5th graders. The seven "Oskar" plays teach important life skills on topics such as bullying, diversity, and coping with trauma. Performed in school auditoriums or gymnasiums, each three-person play creates a framework for valuable post-performance discussions in the classroom and beyond. With a small cast and a portable, easy-to-assemble set, ACES shows reach thousands of children at underserved schools each year. Applied Theatre at the Alley's Workshop and Residency programs are available to visit classrooms and community centers with exemplary artist-driven curriculum ranging from arts-integrated STEM lessons in K-8th grade, to in-depth personal narrative writing with senior citizens, to evidence-based professional development training programs for teachers. Photo by Christopher Diaz.
615 Texas Ave
Houston, TX 77008
public performance/concert $250 - $595
school performance $250 - $595
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
Comprised of two former rockers (guitar and drums) and three classical musicians (violin, cello, bass), Austin orchestral folk ensemble American Dreamer has over 30 years of collective music school experience. Members can be found performing in the Austin Symphony Orchestra, directing school orchestras, leading studios, and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. Not surprisingly, the band's sound mirrors the generosity apropos of educators. In performance, they selflessly let one another share the spotlight as much as they commingle in it, obviously in appreciation for what they do as individuals and as a group. From the rocker "Start-Stopping" to the more introspective "Apollo,” American Dreamer’s songs flow easily with intricate, lush harmonies and expressive instrumentation reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens. With one foot in classical music and the other comfortably in folk, the common thread that runs through every song, and each member of the group, is the natural urge to share sounds, emotions, and stories through music. Photo by Mark Maryonavich.
800 W 38th St. #10302
Austin, TX 78705
public performance/concert $2,000
school performance $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000
Aperio, Music of the Americas
Aperio, Music of the Americas is a Houston-based ensemble dedicated to presenting unique chamber music in performances that showcase contemporary composers from the Americas. Drawn from Latin, the word "aperio" means "to open, reveal, or unveil; to hear with new understanding." The ensemble's concerts celebrate the discovery of art music of South and North America through an interactive performance format that emphasizes cultural connectivity and understanding. Aperio’s unique repertoire features music by popular masters of the New World, as well as a young and emerging new generation of composers. Programs can range from intimate chamber music salons to orchestral style events. Several programs explore the intersection of popular culture and classical music highlighting the influences of folk music, tango, jazz, and even rock’n’roll in classical music. With flexible performing options and diverse instrumentation, Aperio’s ensemble can range from two to thirty players. Founded in 2006, Aperio has performed its unique brand of concerts throughout Texas, the United States and South America. Recent landmark performances include the North American symphonic premiere of Philip Glass’ Aguas da Amazonia, collaborations with GRAMMY Award winners Ana Maria Martinez and Jorge Callandrelli, as well as a critically acclaimed nationally released recording titled Across Oceans. Photo by Trish Badger Photography.
827 Byrne St
Houston, TX 77009
public performance/concert $3,000 - $30,000
school performance $2,000 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $750 - $6,000
Founded in 2011, ARCOS experiments rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance. Combining dance, theater, video, and emergent technologies, ARCOS creates innovative, award-winning transmedia performances that are accessible and relevant to a diverse range of audiences. The company has been commissioned and presented its work throughout Texas and internationally in performing and contemporary arts centers, festivals, and interdisciplinary symposia. ARCOS has received public and private grants, served as guest artists in academic institutions, and participated in artist residencies across the country. ARCOS' touring repertory features evening-length productions for various venue types, including "The Warriors: A Love Story," "Domain," "Tasteful," "In the Ether," and "The Tower Is Us (A Prisoner’s Cinema)." The company’s shorter dance works—"When Televisions Sleep," for example—are suited to proscenium or studio theater settings, individually or combined into a full-length program. ARCOS also welcomes commissions to create or remount site-specific projects, such as the immersive, virtual-reality integrated dance pieces "Elegy" and "Spheres." While on tour or in residency, ARCOS also complements performances with innovative outreach and community engagement offerings, such as informal post-show conversations, interdisciplinary workshops or masterclasses, and volunteering for local charities. Photo by Sarah Annie Navarrete.
3111 Parker Lane #196
Austin, TX 78741
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $800 - $4,800
travel/per diem/lodging $40 - $9,600
Asleep at the Wheel
Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 GRAMMY Awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. Recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass) have brought a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now 8-piece band. Asleep at the Wheel holiday show "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" showcases songs from AATW's 3 Christmas albums "Merry Texas Christmas Y'all" "Santa Loves to Boogie" and "Lone Star Christmas Night." It's a fun and festive holiday show, giving concertgoers a true Texas Christmas music experience. Asleep at the Wheel also offers a Symphony Show. Since 2007, Asleep at the Wheel has been performing with symphonies all around the country. Also in 2007, they recorded an album with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. This unique show takes on AATW's hits, Bob Wills tunes, and songs of the Alamo with special arrangements to feature the symphony orchestra. Photo by Mike Shore.
PO Box 463
Austin, TX 78767
public performance/concert $12,500 - $20,000
travel/per diem/lodging $800 - $1,500
The Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. It was founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. A high-energy, unconventional show sets the stage in this historically informed performance. Performers include members of the Austin Symphony and University of Texas faculty, funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Commission. Program 1 - Introduction to Renaissance music (6-7 musicians) ; Program 2 - Music of Shakespeare's Theatre (6-7 musicians ); Program 3 - Mediterranean Journey (Medieval music from Mediterranean countries, 6-7 musicians) ; Program 4 - Lute song (Soprano and lute duets, 2-4 musicians). Photo by Maya Sokovic.
13276 Research Boulevard, Suite # 201
Austin, TX 78750
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $700
Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium
Sitarist Dr. Amie Maciszewski is an international award-winning performer/ensemble leader, teaching artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie's classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as "stunning" and "elegantly vibrant.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011, Austin Chronicle) seamlessly traverses boundaries between traditional South Asian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also leads dynamic all-ages workshops on South Asian classical and folk music (sometimes with dance included) and world fusion music. Amie’s musical credits include five CDs and several independent films and theater productions. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women as bearers of light, global sisterhood, world music for world peace, etc.; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Kris Hundt.
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
public performance/concert $600 - $3,600
school performance $450 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
Anuradha Naimpally, Bharata Natyam dance soloist, collaborator, and educator, is an experienced performer worldwide. From concert halls to school cafeterias, libraries to universities, Anuradha connects this ancient art of India to modern audiences of all ages through engaging explanations and moving performances. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council and the title of "Sringara Mani" (Artistic Jewel) in India. She has been named and nominated Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics' Circle numerous times. Anuradha offers a traditional solo concert of original pieces introduced with demonstrative explanations, performed in authentic costumes to recorded music. Concert length and themes may be adjusted to suit the venue and audience. Her Arts in Education presentation is popular in schools, libraries and museums. Moving Myths of India is an engaging, interactive children’s show for all ages, highlighting mythology through storytelling embellished with creative hand symbols, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. Live musical accompaniment is available on request. Anuradha has an MFA in Dance and also offers master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations at the high school and university level. Photo by Sadu Bajekal.
5602 N Scout Island Cir
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $650 - $1,200
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
Born in Illinois, raised on the border in McAllen, and now residing near Austin, soul singer-songwriter Aaron Stephens is a triple threat. Blessed with a warm, rich voice that harkens to soul legends such as Bill Withers and Al Green and paired with bluesy, rootsy, Derek Trucks-inspired slide guitar, Stephens' sound is brought together through his own imaginative arrangements and methodical songwriting that can be both introspective and broad-reaching, drawing inspirations from soul, blues, roots, pop, and funk. Aaron's typical format is a 5-piece band, but he is available in solo, duo, and trio formats (acoustic or electric) and has experimented with a big band set-up featuring additional horns and back-up singers. Photo by Eric Morales.
PO Box 186
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $400 - $3,250
school performance $500 - $1,250
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $500