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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble

A'lante Flamenco Ensemble was formed in 2011 by dancer and choreographer Olivia Chacón and music director Isaí Chacón with the object of presenting flamenco to Texas and regional audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, and Jewish influences. A'lante Flamenco Ensemble has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco productions uniting tradition and innovation. The company's five dancers and six musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The group tours three programs. "Prophecies" is a flamenco interpretation of Khalil Gibran's book "The Prophet," re-imagining the book's timeless wisdom for the digital age using video backdrops to complement traditional music and dance. "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale" recounts Hans Christian Andersen's classic fable using flamenco dance, following a girl's obsession with a pair of magic dancing shoes. "Flamencura" transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club, where performers show off their skills with fire and passion. "Flamencura" is a highly adaptable program. Photo: Estrella Chacon.

contact
Olivia Chacon
2013 Cullen Ave., Unit A
Austin, TX  78757

phone 512/850-1115
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e-mail oliviachaconflamenco@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $7000
school performance $600 - $5000
website http://www.alanteflamenco.com

 

Ad Deum Dance Company

Ad Deum Dance Company

Ad Deum is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston. It is directed by its founder Randall Flinn, who established the company in January 2000. Dancers have come to Ad Deum from around the world seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope. The touring program will present repertoire by acclaimed choreographers from Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Houston Ballet and Ad Deum Dance Company. These works are incredibly diverse, from dramatic to whimsical. They offer an incredible overview of creative thought, communication, and presentation. The diversity of creative imagination will be discussed within the nature of each work to help inform the audience on the process and mission of craftsmanship.

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Randall Flinn
PO Box 271481
Houston, TX  77277

phone 713/626-5050
fax /
e-mail addeumdance@gmail.com
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $250 - $650
optional service travel $300 - $50000
website http://www.danceaddeum.com

 

Adler & Hearne

Adler & Hearne

From Texas’ upper east side, award-winning performing songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne (self-proclaimed "organic song farmers") tour nationally, serving up seasoned original songs mixed with fresh harvests of homegrown music in a soulful genre they define simply as "folk jazz." In concert, they blend their voices and instruments in a spirited signature sound that reflects the duo's second-nature connection through song. Their favorite places to plant songs in peoples' hearts include community concert halls, festivals, schools and libraries, songwriting workshops, and venues of all description that provide an opportunity to have a meaningful connection with a listening audience. Texas threads throughout Adler & Hearne's repertoire, which includes historically based tributes to earlier times, children's songs, love songs, and story songs (of course), plus musical tributes to current events, and modern day spirituals steeped in dry wit. From classrooms to concert stages, Lynn and Lindy enjoy a warm and humorous audience rapport, and pride themselves on their multi-generational appeal. Their latest CD, "Second Nature" (September 2014 release), was recorded in Dripping Springs, TX with producer Lloyd Maines, and new recordings are on the horizon!

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Lynn Adler
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX  75494

phone 214/952-6086
fax /
e-mail lynn.adler.songfarmer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $600 - $2400
school performance $400 - $1600
optional service commissioned song $2500 - $5000
website http://www.adlerandhearne.com

 

The Almost Patsy Cline Band

The Almost Patsy Cline Band

Entertaining, poignant, educational, respectful, fun, and even “cute” are a few words that have been used to describe the Almost Patsy Cline Band! Since 2001, Bandera’s award-winning Official Goodwill Ambassadors have toured Texas performing a wide selection of classic country and variety dance music: everything from Frank Sinatra to Patsy Cline, with an emphasis on two-step, waltz, polka, cha-cha, and classic rock. These seasoned entertainers also tour three original well-received, interactive, and fun stage shows: "From Sea to Shining Sea: Proud Songs of America" honors patriotism and timeless songs from the Library of Congress. "Timeless Tunes: The Stories and the Songs" explores country music history through the songs of legends like Bob Wills. "Merry Texas Christmas" highlights songs that became a Texas Christmas tradition. All three are a perfect blend of history, narration, voice, and instrumentation. Band members can also give an acoustic school demonstration of customized selections for grade level.

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Lanette Pennell
PO Box 1643
Bandera, TX  78003

phone 210/844-8549
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e-mail band.leader1@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $400 - $2500
website http://www.almostpatsyclineband.com

 

Bryan Anthony

Bryan Anthony

Bryan Anthony has devoted his life to preserving the "Great American Songbook." When not on the road with his quartet, Bryan regularly tours with the Tommy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle, and Glenn Miller Orchestras. His tours have taken him around the world where he puts his unique stamp on the greatest songs of the 20th century written by the greats such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hart, and Jerome Kern. All of the music in the program consists of songs-- and stories of songs-- mostly composed during the "Tin Pan Alley" days of the 1920's, 30's and 40's. Bryan and his band provide an evening of music that pays homage to the life and times of the "golden age" of American songwriting.

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Bryan Anthony
3310 Louisiana St., Apt. 2414
Houston, TX  77006

phone 917/549-5147
fax /
e-mail bryan@bryananthonymusic.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $6000
school performance $2500 - $6000
website http://www.bryananthonymusic.com

 

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes

Ann Armstrong is right up there with the great musical exports of Texas! She plays guitar sometimes sweetly, sometimes prickly like an ocotillo cactus; sings like a steam-powered nightingale; and writes songs from a depth of experience. Ann Armstrong and multi-instrumentalist Steve Hughes deliver a delectable mixture of folk and blues, from classic covers like Robert Johnson's "Come Into My Kitchen" to Armstrong's own gorgeous classic, "Think About the Rain." They have, through the years, shared billings with Albert Collins, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hot Tuna, Arlo Guthrie, Guy Clark, Taj Mahal, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Richard Thompson, and many more. Ann & Steve play an infectious blend of singer/songwriter Americana music that is informed by the Delta blues of the South, including covers of classics from the thirties and forties from performers like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Bronzy, and Lil Green. They also cover more modern blues masters like Jimmy Reed, Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee, and Mance Lipscomb. Ann's compositions are influenced by the music of Texas' High Plains and big city swagger.

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Steve Hughes
2250 Hartline Dr.
Dallas, TX  75228

phone 972/765-1457
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e-mail stephenhughes@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $300 - $1500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.ann-armstrong.com

 

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Since 1970 Asleep at the Wheel has boldly defied the mainstream-- and thrived-- by sticking to a distinctly American art form, Western Swing. They've entertained millions and recorded over two dozen albums resulting in nine GRAMMY awards. Founded in Paw Paw, West Virginia, the band gained a following in the San Francisco Bay area before settling permanently in Austin, TX in 1973. Front man Ray Benson, with the big voice and 6’ 7” stature, evokes with each performance the legacy and continuing vitality of a music first popularized by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Program 1: Concert, includes the legendary presentation by Ray Benson and his band of Texas Swing hotshots, singing songs like "Miles and Miles of Texas," “Route 66," and "San Antonio Rose." Program 2: “Asleep at the Wheel On Screen and On Stage” presents a 35-minute film chronicling the improbable four-decade transformation of a ragtag bunch into Texas cultural icons, immediately followed by a live concert presentation.

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Ferrin Schriner
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512/444-9885 x 125
fax 512/444-4699
e-mail ferrin@bismeauxrecords.com
public performance/concert $12500 - $20000
optional service film + concert $12500 - $20000
website http://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

Austin Troubadours

Austin Troubadours

The Austin Troubadours present Medieval and Renaissance popular music from Mediterranean countries. Seven musicians in period costumes, with 30 authentic period instruments perform ancient dances and songs from Spain, Italy, France and the Balkans. The shows are unconventional, high energy, and follow the guidelines of historically informed performance. Group members include award-winning early music specialists, members of the Austin Symphony, and UT Faculty. The focal point of the show, "Mediterranean Journey," is to unite the many traditions that have enriched European musical culture for centuries by building a bridge between East and West, between ancient and still-thriving musical traditions. "Mediterranean Journey" is a multicultural, musical journey from the Spanish court of El Sabio, to the Venice Carnival, to a wedding party in Serbia.

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Slobodan Vujisic
13276 Research Blvd. #201
Austin, TX  78750

phone 512/983-0600
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e-mail svujisic@austin.rr.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service duet $1000 - $2000
optional service trio $1200 - $3000
website http://austintroubadours.com

 

Aztex

Aztex

Aztex is a 5-piece music group led by Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox. Together, their stunning performances have propelled them onto the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations in the Best Latin American category, as well as two GRAMMY wins in 2004 and 2005. Using their traditional and urban sensibilities, Aztex reach deep into the ocean of American music to create a sound as seamless as water. Aztex—Joel Guzman, Sarah Fox, Chris Mosley, Gabriel Guzman and Ed Jarusinsky—highlight songs from their studio albums using musical molds built on the blues, jazz, Latin music, and their own Mexican-American heritage. Fox's vocal power with Guzman's cross-genre accordion playing allow them to easily adapt to any audience. Photo by Todd Wolfson.

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Aggie Gardener
638 Lindero Canyon Road
Oak Park, CA  91377

phone 512/653-7282
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e-mail aggie@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $2500
website http://www.losaztex.com

 

Amber Digby

Amber Digby

When Amber Digby sings, people listen. "Amber is a great traditional singer," says Vince Gill, who knows whereof he speaks, and like his following observation, "which is so hard to find these days," it's just the simple truth. Amber was raised in Nashville by parents who have been in country music for decades. Amber realized her dreams of becoming a country music singer at the age of three. She recorded her first album in 2002 and she has created an overwhelming base of fans from all over the world. Amber Digby and her band Midnight Flyer tour regularly as an American country and honky tonk band that is breaking ground in modern country music. While Amber has toured internationally, playing at festivals in Sweden, Australia, Norway, and France, she also has the Grand Ole Opry to her credit. Amber Digby has released 10 albums of songs she has written or co-written with Country Music Hall of Fame legend Vince Gill, Dale Dodson, and Odie Blackmon.

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Davis McLarty
4609 Eagle Feather Drive
Austin, TX  78735

phone 512/444-8750
fax /
e-mail davis@atomicmusicgroup.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $3500
school performance $1200 - $1500
website http://www.amberdigby.com

 

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Sitarist Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie’s classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “stunning” and “amazing.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011 Austin Chronicle polls) seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary-defying 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 conducts dynamic all-ages workshops on classical, folk, and world fusion. Amie’s musical credits include four CDs and a number of independent films. 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 in contemporary South Asian music, dance, and film; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Ed Lehmann.

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Amie Maciszewski
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX  75208

phone 512/965-2368
fax /
e-mail sangeetmil@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $900 - $3900
school performance $500 - $1400
optional service cultural festival $900 - $1800
optional service collaborative production $2500 - $6000
website http://www.sangeetmillennium.org

 

Anuradha Naimpally

Anuradha Naimpally

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 interesting introductions and moving performances. She is a recipient of 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. She is a popular performer known for her mesmerizing presentations and articulate explanations of this classical form. When touring, she can offer a traditional solo or mother-daughter duet performance: formal full- or partial-length concert of original and traditional pieces introduced with demonstrations and explanations, performed in exquisite costumes to traditional recorded music (may be adjusted to suit venue). The Arts and Culture in Education: Moving Myths of India interactive children’s show is for all ages, highlighting the mythology, storytelling, dance, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. This may be performed in classrooms, assembly halls, or libraries.

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Anuradha Naimpally
5602 N. Scout Island Cir.
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512/795-8627
fax /
e-mail anu@anudance.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service lecture-demo $750 - $1500
optional service workshop $350 - $500
website http://www.austindanceindia.com

 


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