Laser Spectacles has been producing laser light shows since 1985. The company has focused upon both entertainment shows for festivals and city celebrations as well as cutting edge laser art. Company president Tim Walsh has developed new techniques and built special equipment to project "laser mapping," laser lumia, and stereoscopic 3D laser graphics. Tim has won acclaim for achieving true "laser synaesthesia" by composing original "laser music" using the laser control signals as a sound source for the audio as well as simultaneously controlling the laser images and beams. He has used this technique to accompany original compositions on saxophone, accordion, and uilleann pipes. Laser Spectacles will tour a laser art show immersing audiences in "laser synaesthesia" and lumia effects, and 3D stereoscopic laser graphics. An important part of the presentation is preparing the audience to understand what they are about to experience by introducing individual aspects of the performance before each piece.
PO Box 1535
San Marcos, TX 78667
public performance/concert $2500 - $7500
school performance $2500 - $5500
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
Writer and multidisciplinary artist Sehba Sarwar was born in Karachi, Pakistan and is based in Houston, where she has recreated a community similar to the one where she was raised, filled with artists and activists. Sarwar’s writings and art have appeared in publications including the Houston Chronicle, The New York Times’ Sunday Magazine, and Callaloo. Her videos have been screened in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Pakistan and the US. A recipient of three Houston Arts Alliance’s Individual Artist Awards, Sarwar served as Artist-in-Residence for the Mitchell Center for the Arts/University of Houston in 2012-14. Sarwar has a wide range of art that she can tour: literary reading, performance with images and/or objects, video screenings, art and/or writing workshops, site-specific installations and public talks. The content of the work she creates addresses women’s issues and displacement (migration, immigration and border crossings). Currently, Sarwar is working on a prose manuscript called "What Is Home?" that tackles these issues; she is presenting writings and art from new material that she is generating. Photo: Mahwash Rahman.
6411 Jefferson Street
Houston, TX 77023
public performance/concert $200 - $1000
school performance $200 - $1000
optional service installation/video $250 - $1000
***Artists covered by this listing are Peter Anzaldua; Keyun Dickson; Juan Longoria, Jr.; Ignacio "Nachito" Morales; Ruben Paul Moreno; Anthony Ortiz, Jr.; Johnny Ramirez; Michael Ramos; Heriberto Rodriguez; and Robert & Tina Vega.*** Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State. They produce an annual series of public programs that have been presented at venues from the Brownsville Heritage Museum, Austin’s Paramount Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and on PBS and NPR affiliates across the country. They are engaged in projects around the state, including low-cost events that attract a multigenerational audience, and hands-on experiences for K-12 grade students and teachers in a variety of art forms. Additionally, their film and radio documentaries bring national attention to extraordinary Texas talent. The 2014-2016 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of "The Big Squeeze" accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan, and a performance program that can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Master classes and TEKS-aligned support materials are also available.
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX 78756
public performance/concert $500 - $20000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service film screening & concert $1200 - $2500
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