Javier Chaparro is a virtuoso violinist born in Lima, Peru, who settled in Austin in the mid-1980s. While embedded in the classical world of the symphony and performing as a solo guest artist in Europe and the western continents, he became enamored with the fertile singer/songwriter culture of his new home. The influence of Texas/American songwriters and the lingering influence of great folk performers of his native Peru opened a creative faucet as a singer/songwriter. His voracious appetite for American music lead him to perform with local musicians, spanning the musical spectrum from country to jazz. With his band Salúd, Javier Chaparro performs original material blending Peruvian folk music with a rich assortment of sounds Javier has absorbed from classical and Texas music. Javier continues to perform classical music as a guest artist of symphonies worldwide, as well as touring and recording with his bands Los Romanceros and Salúd. Javier is available to perform with a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet.
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX 78738
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity. Dick's early triumphs as top prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a mere prelude to an eminent career highlighted by acclaimed recitals and concerto performances in the world's premier concert halls. For solo recitals, Mr. Dick offers repertoire chosen from Bach, Italian Concerto; Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 13, 57, 81a; Chopin, various works, Polonaises, waltzes, etc.; Schumann, Carnaval; Debussy, various works; and Ginastera, Sonata. Mr. Dick's orchestral repertoire includes: Grieg, Concerto; Beethoven, Concerti 3, 4, and 5; Mozart, K. 488, K. 453; Rachmaninoff, Rhapsody; Tchaikovsky No. 1; Gershwin, Concerto; and Khachaturian, Concerto. Chamber music in his repertoire includes: Schumann, Piano Quintet; Dvorak, Piano Quintet; Shostakovich, Piano Quintet; and others.
1801 Lavaca Street, Suite 111
Austin, TX 78701
public performance/concert $2500 - $8000
school performance $2500 - $8000
John R. Erickson, a former cowboy and ranch manager, is gifted with a storyteller's knack for spinning a yarn. He has written more than eighty books and is best known for his Hank the Cowdog series of books and audios, which has sold more than eight million copies. Erickson self-published the first Hank book through Maverick Books. Erickson was born in Midland, Texas, but by the age of 3, he had moved with his family to Perryton, Texas, where he and his wife live today on their working cattle ranch. In live performance, John Erickson brings the characters from his bestselling Hank the Cowdog series to life through readings from his books and by performing original songs from Hank’s adventures. More than eight million books have been sold! This program is great for all ages and is sure to bring a smile to any audience.
Perryton, TX 79070
public performance/concert $1000 - $4000
school performance $1000 - $4000
Violinist and singer/songwriter Elana James is an internationally acclaimed performer who has been featured at countless major concerts and music festivals worldwide. Along with her solo career she is the driving fiddle player in the hot jazz/western swing trio the Hot Club of Cowtown. In 2004-06, Elana was the first female instrumentalist in thirty years to tour with Bob Dylan as part of his band. Elana is also a regular guest on Prairie Home Companion and has also appeared on The Grand Ole Opry, All Things Considered, World Cafe, Mountain Stage, E-Town, and many others. Along with standard gypsy jazz, klezmer, and western swing, Elana's original material crosses into the indie folk world with ease. She blends these worlds seamlessly with her lyrics, voice, and fiddle/violin stylings.
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PO Box 685335
Austin, TX 78768
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3000
State Artist Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Hella Johnson, 2013 Texas State Musician, is known for crafting thought-provoking musical journeys that create deep connections between performers and listeners. He is the Founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Austin-based, internationally renowned, Grammy® nominated choir Conspirare. Additionally, he serves as Music Director of Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and Conductor Emeritus of the Victoria Bach Festival. In 1998, Johnson was Artistic Director of San Francisco-based Chanticleer and from 2000-2005 was Music Director of Houston Masterworks Chorus. Johnson is in frequent demand as a guest conductor of choral and orchestral works. He has served as guest conductor with the Austin Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Berkshire Choral Festival, Taipei Male Choir, Oregon Bach Festival and St. Olaf Choir. Johnson and Conspirare were awarded the 2015 Best Choral Performance Grammy® for The Sacred Spirit of Russia (Harmonia Mundi label). In June 2015 Johnson received The Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art, Chorus America’s lifetime achievement award. Johnson received the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal from Chorus America in 2009 and was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2008. Johnson is a Texas State University Artist in Residence and served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas in Austin from 1990 to 2001. Johnson’s compositions, arrangements, and edited scores are published by Alliance Music and as part of the Craig Hella Johnson Choral Series with G. Schirmer and Hal Leonard. He also performs as a pianist and singer in a variety of styles. Photo: Chris Patunas
505 E. Huntland Dr., Ste. 155
Austin, TX 78752-3827
public performance/concert $2000 - $10000
optional service workshops/multiple day residencies $2000 - $10000
The Jones Family Singers
The Jones Family Singers are a Texas-based gospel powerhouse. Bishop Fred A. Jones, Sr. serves as father, pastor, and manager to this unique family ensemble that is made up of his daughters and sons. The Jones Family Singers have been featured at Austin City Limits, SXSW, and on Black Entertainment Television (BET) on Dr. Bobby Jones Show & the National Sky Angel Network. They have performed in the US, Canada, and the Bahamas. Arts+Labor (producer/filmmaker of "Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW") is filming a documentary exploring the triumphs and tribulations of the Jones Family Singers. The Jones Family Singers is an eight- to twelve-piece band that performs traditional gospel music.
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $2500 - $12000
school performance $2000 - $5000
optional service workshops/festival gospel hours $2000 - $7500
optional service religious organization $2000 - $5000
Joe McDermott has been described as a "Texas treasure" by the Texas Library Association. His performances are dynamic and highly entertaining for children as well as parents. His awards include the NAPPA Gold Award, several Parent’s Choice Awards, and the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song "Great Big World." Joe has written songs for a Michael Eisner company and set 6 books to music for Stan and Jan Berenstain. He plays solo or with his five-piece band, and has scores for full orchestra. His music is in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Radio. Joe’s shows are highly interactive, combining age-appropriate movement, music, and storytelling. The performances can be geared for preschool, family concerts, school shows, and concerts with symphony orchestras. During his shows, his audience will be asked to ride a porcupine, have some alien ice cream, and learn what happens when a little brother brings a skunk home. Joe’s Montessori training allows him to easily help the audience transition from energy-filled movement songs to sit-down story songs. In addition to his music performances, Joe offers a recording and video workshop. This is a two or three day workshop where Joe and the students shoot a music video to an original song written by Joe and the students. The video can be placed on the school website, YouTube, or can be sold to the students on a DVD disc.
PO Box 270111
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $450 - $3000
school performance $450 - $850
optional service libraries $350 - $700
optional service recording & video workshop for students $1200 - $2500
Jiaan ("Jan") tells traditional folktales, literary tales, ghost stories, and snippets from down home which delight and surprise audiences of all ages. A native Texan, Jiaan has been traveling since 1997, providing performances and workshops here and beyond Texas. Jiaan discovered her passion for storytelling and her talent for connecting students, teachers, and librarians to stories and literacy during her twenty-two years as an elementary teacher. Eight years writing lessons for the Dallas Opera reinforced the connections with storytelling for the TEKS. Jiaan’s inspiration currently thrives in developing new programs with her puppet Spike for all audiences, and expanding programs for adults. Programs include and are not limited to: "Supporting Literacy with Folktales"– oral language and reading; "Fun With Folktales"– requests; "Fun and Fright"- for student, family, and adult audiences; "Folktales in Pioneer Texas"- Texas facts and tales; "Ancient Civilizations"– myths, fables; "Honoring Those You Love"- adult audiences; and "Born to Read"– for the very young and their parents. All programs are created to ensure age-appropriateness, audience participation, and follow-up activities.
4060 Creekdale Drive
Dallas, TX 75229-5302
public performance/concert $350 - $1200
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service festivals $500 - $1500
Joel Laviolette and Rattletree
"Sound, Energy and Enormous Instruments. Amazing!" (WWOZ, New Orleans) begins to describe the full sensory experience created by Joel Laviolette and Rattletree. With performances that range from high-energy multimedia events (Rattletree) to traditional acoustic engagements (Kupira Marimba), each show is customized to the needs of the event--fusing giant African marimbas (wooden xylophones) with electronica, world percussion, cutting-edge video projection, and choreographed dance. Composed of Austin’s finest percussionists, all of the musicians in the Rattletree family have been hand-selected and trained by Laviolette, who has over 20 years experience teaching and performing traditional Zimbabwean music around the world. Joel Laviolette and Rattletree offer a multimedia performance of Zimbabwean marimba mixed music with electronica, featuring visual projection, and choreographed dance. Kupira Marimba is a high-energy fully acoustic family-friendly Zimbabwean-style band, with an optional educational component offered. Kupira Trio provides an eclectic blend of marimba music and intricate mbira (Zimbabwean thumb-piano) melodies--perfect for galas, museums, and conventions. Another option is solo mbira: often described as "musical rain," mbira is perfect for quiet listening environments, including libraries, galleries, weddings, and cocktail receptions.
300 Crockett St. #112
Austin, TX 78704
public performance/concert $2000 - $8000
school performance $1800 - $8000
optional service Kuipra Marimba Trio $1000 - $2500
optional service solo workshop/lecture $500 - $1800
Johnny Villarreal is a multimedia artist living and working in Central Texas. For the past ten years he has studied various forms of art including film, animation, painting, and sculpture. Since completing his BFA, he has been developing, touring, and leading workshops with The Edge of Imagination Station (The E of IS), an interactive stop-motion animation lab. Johnny is particularly interested in creating a community-centered interactive art experience that encourages individuals to create rather than merely observe. With experimental workspaces and custom software, The E of IS has creatively empowered users at schools, museums, community centers and more! The Edge of Imagination Station creates a dynamic learning experience that can be customized to any lesson and can be integrated into any curriculum. Students can present what they have learned while practicing important skills such as: basic math, planning, working with technology, and communicating and collaborating with others. Workshops can be one day or multiple visits.
4926 E. Cesar Chavez suite B.
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $400 - $1000
school performance $500 - $1200