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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

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.

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

phone 512/983-0600
fax /
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.

contact
Aggie Gardener
638 Lindero Canyon Road
Oak Park, CA  91377

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

 

Beto and the Fairlanes

Beto and the Fairlanes

The songs of Beto and the Fairlanes are magical, cross-cultural incantations of salsa, jazz, rock, and Latin influences, of irresistible dance rhythms and visions of the tropics. In Beto and the Fairlanes' hard-driving percussion, high-flying horns, and Beto's natural sense of fun and humor, you feel the excitement, celebration, and romance of traditions, north and south, meeting in the melodies and beat of their music. Beto and the Fairlanes tours with a 10-piece Latin-influenced ensemble, including horns, guitars, drums, percussion, bass, and keys. The repertoire includes mostly original Latin, jazz, and rock and roll tunes.

contact
Mike Mordecai
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $4000
website http://www.betoandthefairlanes.com/

 

Brave Combo

Brave Combo

For more than three decades this Denton, Texas-based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha-cha, the blues, and more. They are America's Premier Dance Band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey-- prompting one reviewer to proclaim, "Even if you come for the party, you'll leave with something of a musical education." Around the world at venues of all sizes, Brave Combo has charmed countless listeners and garnered many honors, including two GRAMMY Awards and the prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award from the Greater Denton Arts Council. Brave Combo’s repertoire of hundreds of songs in styles ranging from polka to pop hits allows for a performance that can flex to be compatible with a family-friendly audience or with the stages of the biggest festivals and rock clubs in the world. Featured are group and organized dances that get the crowd up on their feet. Also, more than twenty of Brave Combo’s original compositions have been scored for a full symphony orchestra.

contact
Carl Finch
PO Box 233
Denton, TX  76202

phone 940/387-0860
fax 773/346-6433
e-mail booking@bravecombo.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1800 - $4000
website http://bravecombo.com/

 

Javier Chaparro

Javier Chaparro

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.

contact
Laura Mordecai
12400 Texas HWY 71 #350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail laura@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $750 - $5000
school performance $750 - $3500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $3500
website http://www.saludmusic.com

 

Chaski

Chaski

Chaski is what you get when you take a virtuosic flute/harp duo, add a colorful collection of flutes and harps from around the world, and explore music to include them all. For almost 30 years Chaski has toured with repertoire ranging from the Mozart Flute/Harp Concerto, to Bolivian huayños, Scottish strathspeys, tunes from Playford's "The English Dancing Master" (published in 1651), and world premieres of new works. Chaski frequently works in collaboration with solo artists, choirs, and, most recently, with a modern dance company, accompanying the dancers and performing alongside them. Touring offerings include: (1) choral collaboration- Chaski specializes in accompanying the choral works of acclaimed Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez, including Misa criolla, Navidad nuestra, and Misa por la paz y la justicia; (2) modern dance collaboration- Chaski joins award-winning modern dance company Psophonia onstage for an interactive music/dance performance. (3) concerts- Chaski performs from its eclectic, multi-genre repertoire. Concert programs may include Latin American and Celtic folk music, contemporary works, and early music. Chaski: flutes, harps, & the whole world to play in!

contact
Adrienne Inglis
PO Box 29807
Austin, TX  78755

phone 512/762-1153
fax /
e-mail info@chaskimusic.com
public performance/concert $2400 - $6000
school performance $600 - $2400
optional service choral concerts $1200 - $6000
optional service lecture-demo $600 - $2400
website http://www.chaskimusic.com

 

Conteño

Conteño

Juan and Federico Longoria formed their own musical group in 1998, now known as "Conteño." In June 2007, Juan was named the 1st-place winner at "The Big Squeeze" accordion competition held by Texas Folklife in Houston. This accomplishment is featured in a documentary, "The Big Squeeze," filmed by Hector Galan and broadcast nationally on PBS television stations. Federico has been recognized as a guest bajo sexto recording artist numerous times, notably his recording of the hit single "Amor y Dolor" with Siggno. Conteño performs traditional and modern conjunto, tejano, and norteño music.

contact
Juan Longoria
5103 Boca Chica Blvd.
Brownsville, TX  78521

phone 956/466-4454
fax /
e-mail conteno08@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $2500
school performance $1000 - $2500
website none

 

Del Castillo

Del Castillo

Del Castillo has become a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues, and world music. They have been described as a "cross between Paco de Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen," or a "Latinized Allman Brothers Band." Their shows consist of passionate material including fresh-faced flamenco, many originals, classics given a new coat of paint, and jamming with the enthusiasm of a band that is comfortable together, but years away from feeling tired. They have received numerous awards, and their music has appeared in a dozen major films and TV shows. Del Castillo can tour as a full-blown electric band, or as a somewhat stripped- down acoustic band. They can offer workshops in guitar playing, songwriting, and percussion.

contact
Nancy Fly
6618 Wolfcreek Pass
Austin, TX  78749

phone 512/288-2023
fax /
e-mail nfly@nflyagency.com
public performance/concert $3500 - $10000
school performance $800 - $2000
website http://www.delcastillomusic.com

 

E-Flat Porch Band

E-Flat Porch Band

The E-Flat Porch Band is named for the porch in McKinney, Texas where the members first practiced-—it resonates to the key of E-Flat. Audiences are entertained with a unique blend of acoustic "porch music," including folk, blues, early country, jazz and original tunes. This "Porch" band is visually exciting as well, with multiple instruments played at one time, including one made out of a wooden soda pop box. Known for their fun delivery and quick wit, this band takes their music seriously without taking themselves too seriously. You will enjoy learning about our rich and varied Texas musical heritage. "Typical" programs include Texas Blues such as Freddie King’s "Tore Down," Leadbelly’s "Midnight Special," swing jazz like "Route 66," Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl tunes, and songs by Texas songwriters including Townes Van Zandt. Traditional tunes by legendary Texas Blues artists highlight playing styles such as the "Dead Thumb" technique of Mance Lipscomb and the slide mastery of Blind Willie Johnson. Band members are also songwriters, and performances include their original songs such as "Havana Blues."

contact
Adah Leah Wolf
200 S. Bass St.
McKinney, TX  75069

phone 972/548-7186
fax 972/548-7186
e-mail eflatters@tx.rr.com
public performance/concert $600 - $1700
school performance $500 - $1600
website http://www.eflatporchband.com

 

Flying Balalaika Brothers

Flying Balalaika Brothers

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, originally from Russia, made their debut in the US in 1995. These virtuoso musicians combined their classical training with folk traditions, creating a sensational interest in their unique blend of musical styles. They have been touring internationally, sharing their unique blend of Russian folk and classical music influenced by American bluegrass and innovative acoustic music. Between touring, they successfully present educational programs in 4 languages to students of both public and private schools, celebrating the arts in all its diversity by providing a unique approach to studying both the profound similarities and distinctive differences of people throughout history and around the world. The band's multicultural performers, in traditional costumes, present for adults and young audiences a performance which introduces the unique rhythms, harmonies, and sounds of traditional Russian folk instruments: balalaikas, spoons, bayan, and domra combined with traditional American instruments like the banjo, harmonica and guitar. The performance also fuses Russian folk and American roots music. The musical journey compares and contrasts the rich musical heritage and traditions of two cultures.

contact
Sergey Vashchenko
3710 Cedar St. # 214
Austin, TX  78705

phone 512/656-6865
fax /
e-mail balalaika@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $1000 - $12000
school performance $500 - $5000
optional service music for films $1000 - $30000
website http://www.russiafbb.com

 

The Gimbles

The Gimbles

The Gimbles comprises the second and third generations of a legendary Texas music family. Dick is the son of the iconic Johnny Gimble-– Johnny is considered to have been the finest fiddler to ever play with Bob Wills, the King of Western Swing. Playing alongside the elder Gimble for five decades, Dick accessed the kind of musical knowledge and nuance that only that kind of intimate relationship can impart. Third generation Emily has continued the tradition by playing actively with both her dad and granddad over two decades while also working with her contemporaries to recharge the music. The Gimbles' program is a mix of western swing, swing standards from the 30’s & 40’s, some honky-tonk and country blues, and a healthy sampling of Johnny’s own beloved compositions. Emily and Dick perform as a duo, but also as a trio with one of Johnny’s notable disciples, including such accomplished fiddlers as Jason Roberts, Randy Elmore, Wes Westmoreland, or Katie Holmes. For larger presentations, The Gimbles can assemble a full scale swing ensemble.

contact
Marilynn Gimble
168 Private Road
Waco, TX  76708

phone 254/754-2445
fax 254/754-2445
e-mail mmgimble@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $2500
school performance $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + guest fiddler $1200 - $2500
optional service 2 Gimbles + full band $2500 - $3500
website http://www.thegimbles.com

 

Great Promise for American Indians

Great Promise for American Indians

***Artists covered by this listing are Aili Bass, Robert Bass, Bear Claw Drum, Bill Bellinghausen, Blassingame Family Dancers, Gabe Bullock and sons, Angela Butler, Butler Family Dancers, Irwin DeLuna, J. Santford Duncan, Eagle Point Singers, Lee Francis, Howard Griffin, Ryan Harjo, William Harjo, Julia Nava, Calvin Osife family, Ursula Pike, Scissortail Drum, Brody Screaming Eagle, Josh and Shannon Smith, and Eugene Thompson.*** Great Promise represents artists from many American Indian cultures. Multiple disciplines include drum groups, native singing, dance, and storytelling. Offerings include lecture-demonstrations, performances, and exhibits of native arts/crafts. The artists of Great Promise come from all parts of the state. Each artist is knowledgeable about the traditions in their area of expertise and is pleased to share their rich heritage with audiences. Programs are tailored to the needs of the presenter, and can range from one artist to a larger group. Whenever possible, artists living in closest proximity will fulfill performance requests, containing travel expense. Touring offerings include the following: Powwow style drum group with the traditional styles of dance, explained and demonstrated, with audiences included in the dance; storytellers and poets share myths, stories, and more, (ideal for classrooms and libraries); manual and visual arts are demonstrated by traditional and modern artists,with techniques discussed in art classes); histories and traditions are presented in an entertaining and imaginative manner (TEKS aligned). Residencies of one to three days are available.

contact
Robert Bass
3710 Cedar #19
Austin, TX  78705

phone 512/371-0628
fax 512/451-0651
e-mail robert@austinpowwow.net
public performance/concert $750 - $2500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service student workshops $150 - $300
optional service youth/elder retreat $1000 - $2500
website http://www.austinpowwow.net

 

Impande Ye Africa

Impande Ye Africa

Impande Ye Africa (meaning "The Root of Africa") is a production and performing arts company founded in 2012 that serves as an authentic African cultural arts theatre that provides activities throughout Houston and the U.S., educating the young and old in schools, colleges, libraries, civic halls, community centers, and festivals with entertaining educational programs. Impande Ye Africa strives to preserve the history and traditions of the continent of Africa, with an emphasis on southern African cultures. Impande presents performances in dance, theatre, music, and storytelling, donned in spectacular authentic costumes and props that represent different tribes of Africa. The Safari Concert consists of Impande’s mixed repertory which highlights southern African traditional and contemporary dances. Drumming Pupils is a program that is designed to help students learn drumming techniques in residency & workshops. Company members can also demonstrate gumboot dance, invented by mine workers in South Africa who incorporated the rubber boots into their body-slapping rhythms as a way of communication. The Ubuhle Bemvelo program uses songs, dances, drumming, and games which are energetic.

contact
Cynthia Hicks
PO Box 771511
Houston, TX  77215

phone 832/273-2183
fax 713/771-0635
e-mail impande@att.net
public performance/concert $3500 - $15000
school performance $850 - $2800
website http://impandetheatreproduction.com

 

The Jones Family Singers

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.

contact
David Lobel
2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512/628-0171
fax /
e-mail david@lobelarts.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $12000
school performance $2000 - $5000
optional service workshops/festival gospel hours $2000 - $7500
optional service religious organization $2000 - $5000
website http://www.thejonesfamilysingers.com/

 

The Killdares

The Killdares

Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n’ roll hooks, the Killdares have created a fresh new sound that’s blended with enough commercial edge to be instantly recognizable, always engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band’s powerful genre-bending sound. Expanding the definition of "Celtic," the band uses the unconventional pairing of screaming, fire-driven fiddle and bagpipes with the wail of electric guitar, bass, and drums to create brilliant arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. Family friendly events/shows include (but are not limited to): general music & arts festivals, Irish festivals/world music festivals, theaters, performing arts centers, colleges, and high school programs. The Killdares will occasionally adjust their programming to meet the needs of each event (i.e. more traditional music for Irish festivals, more varied material for colleges, Q&A's for high schools, etc.).

contact
Steve Belkin
PO Box 595733
Dallas, TX  75359

phone 800/610-0616
fax 877/266-6730
e-mail steve@openallnite.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $2000 - $5000
website http://www.killdares.com

 

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble

Austin-based Lannaya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble is a 13-member troupe of talented drummers and dancers, all trained in traditional drum/dance from West Africa to the Caribbean. Multicultural and dynamic, Lannaya performs intricate and intoxicating dances to rhythms of the African Diaspora. Live drumming drives gesture, music, audience participation, history, and folkore to encourage audiences to move! Lannaya has performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, One World Theatre, and the Levitt Pavilion for the Arts in Arlington, as well as many outdoor festivals, including Austin City Limits, First Night, Austin New Year, F1-FanFest, Violet Crown Festival, and the Waco Cultural Arts Fest. "The Rhythm of West Africa" features performance on traditional West African drums, vibrantly costumed dancers, a brief history of instruments, and call/response songs in SuSu (a Guinea language). The program can be tailored per presenter, and complements TEKS standards by introducing music vocabulary, authentic instruments, and dance. Mini-ensemble performances feature selected repertoire. Suitable for small/large audiences and diverse facilities. Lannaya also offers interactive instructional workshops in dance and drum technique incorporated in classroom, family, and other group activities.

contact
Tonya Pennie
PO Box 40577
Austin, TX  78704

phone 855/526-6292
fax /
e-mail dance@lannaya.org
public performance/concert $3300 - $5700
school performance $750 - $2500
optional service mini-performance $1500 - $3300
website http://www.lannaya.org/

 

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio

Las Tesoros de San Antonio are a group of elder women performers whose incredible singing careers soared both locally and internationally in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. They include Rita “La Calandria” Vidaurri, Beatriz “La Paloma del Norte” Llamas, and Blanca “Blanquita Rosa” Rodriguez. A fourth member, Janet “Perla Tapatia” Cortez, passed away in 2014. Through the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, these musical icons have re-emerged and joined forces to preserve and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of South Texas, inspiring audiences with nostalgia and pride in their roots. Las Tesoros de San Antonio perform a variety of musical styles including conjunto and norteño, boleros, mariachi, trio, and tango. Rita Vidaurri, “La Calandria,” is also known for incorporating jokes into her performances. Each singer, with her personal style and grace, forms part of this unique ensemble, representing the unique sound of the Mexico/Texas border and of San Antonio. Touring performances may include individual as well as group concerts, with accompaniment by trio or mariachi. Film screenings of the full-length documentary, “Las Tesoros: A Westside Story” will also be available, along with a presentation or Q&A session with Las Tesoros.

contact
Graciela Sanchez
922 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX  78212

phone 210/228-0201
fax 210/228-0000
e-mail graciela@esperanzacenter.org
public performance/concert $1200 - $6000
school performance $1200 - $6000
optional service platica/presentation $100 - $300
optional service film screening $100 - $500
website http://www.esperanzacenter.org/LasTesoros/

 

Los Texmaniacs

Los Texmaniacs

"Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio are probably the best conjunto band out there today. Led by Flaco Jimenez's longtime bajo sexto player Max Baca. Jr., Los Tex puts drive in their polkas, boleros and rancheras, while staying true to the music of the pioneers."- Michael Corcoran. Founded by Max Baca, a legend on the bajo sexto, and featuring his nephew on button accordion, Los Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone from his father's family conjunto, Flaco Jimenenz, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven, and even the Rolling Stones. The band offers concerts; lecture-demos on the conjunto music tradition, bajo sexto, and button accordion; school shows; and master classes.

contact
J. Garza
7123 Mountain Brook
San Antonio, TX  78244

phone 210/362-8201
fax /
e-mail texmaniacs@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $7500
school performance $750 - $3500
website http://www.texmaniacs.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.

contact
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

 

MilkDrive

MilkDrive

Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features Texas award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience marked by sophisticated arrangements and fierce musicianship. The Austin-based band's second studio album, WAVES, featuring Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers and Futureman of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, was released in 2012. The band performs a mix of traditional music with influences from bluegrass, jazz, swing and old-time music.

contact
Heidi Labensart
9013 Palace Pkwy
Austin, TX  78748

phone 512/698-2621
fax /
e-mail heidi@mcguckinpr.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.milkdrive.com

 

Oliver Rajamani

Oliver Rajamani

Oliver Rajamani represents the multicultural life and sounds of modern-day Texas. Distinguished for redefining Roma (Gypsy) music by transporting it to its original roots in India, Rajamani is also the first to blend Indian and Romani music with Texas country and blues. His performances and recordings with international artists are as stylistically far flung as Willie Nelson, Gypsy Kings, Eric Johnson, Dotschy Reinhardt, Edie Brickell and L. Shankar. As a teacher of music and therapy, Rajamani has presented at leading hypnosis conferences in the United States, Germany, Nepal, and India. He has taught "nada yoga" to incarcerated youth and mentally and physically ill patients. Touring programs include Texas Gypsy Fire: from the magical sounds of India, to the passion of Romani (Gypsy) music, to Texas country and blues, Rajamani sings in English, Spanish, and languages from India, accompanying himself on exotic instruments backed by traditional lone-star musicians. In Moonlight Tanz, Rajamani performs with his western classical orchestra featuring dancers from the Indian, Middle Eastern, flamenco, and ballet traditions. Songs are sung in English as well as foreign tongues and performed on instruments such as the rebab, oud, and flamenco guitar.

contact
Oliver  Rajamani
3103 Bee Caves Road Ste. 120
Austin, TX  78746

phone 512/627-1575
fax /
e-mail booking@oliverrajamani.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $12000
school performance $1000 - $1500
website http://www.oliverrajamani.com

 

Joel Laviolette and Rattletree

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.

contact
Rakefet Laviolette
300 Crockett St. #112
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/417-2041
fax /
e-mail booking@rattletree.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $8000
school performance $1800 - $8000
optional service Kuipra Marimba Trio $1000 - $2500
optional service solo workshop/lecture $500 - $1800
website http://www.rattletree.com

 

Rhythm Path

Rhythm Path

Rhythm Path helps to bring the culture of west Africa to people of all ages through hands-on drumming events. Facilitator and performer David Cox uses the drum circle format to teach traditional songs and rhythms. The program emphasizes the importance of listening and working together to make the sum of the music greater then the individual rhythms. Since 2008, Rhythm Path's "Day of Drumming" program in schools and other programs has taught and encouraged over 200,000 students to live together in community. The Day of Drumming Program is all-day drumming program where each grade drums together as one big "village." Each student receives their own west African djembe drum to play and learns traditional songs and rhythms. Students are encouraged to listen, work together, and improvise their own rhythms while experiencing hands-on drumming. Rhythm Path's Library Drumming Program teaches hands-on drumming in the library.

contact
David Cox
713 Meadow Dr.
Burkburnett, TX  76354

phone 940/867-0646
fax /
e-mail info@rhythmpath.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $125 - $950
website http://www.rhythmpath.com

 

Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali

Riyaaz Qawwali is a South Asian musical ensemble specializing in qawwali, a semi-classical genre representing Pakistan, India, and surrounding areas. The group includes vocalists, tabla, dholak, harmonium, and violin players. Their mission is to expose qawwali to new audiences, while paying homage to the cultural and lyrical tradition that has existed for 700+ years. They have performed for 8+ years (in and outside Texas), and have entertained both non-South Asian crowds and Indo-Pakistani audiences. They are the only group in the US representing this genre, and have played for educational centers, museums, public events, and select private events. The touring program would include a mini-performance with lecture-demonstrations by Riyaaz Qawwali. Sessions will showcase the music, explain the musical style/lyrics, and get the participants actively involved in making music. Riyaaz Qawwali will take this exciting genre of music and make it relevant to non-native speakers with multimedia support. The goal will be to use the musicians' background and musical talent to give participants a cultural, lyrical, and musical glimpse into India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

contact
Varun (Sonny) Mehta
12405 Alameda Trace, Apt #1027
Austin, TX  78727

phone 512/709-4003
fax /
e-mail riyaazqawwali@gmail.com
public performance/concert $3250 - $4500
school performance $2000 - $3500
website http://www.riyaazqawwali.com/

 

Tejas Brothers

Tejas Brothers

When rock 'n' roll meets Tex-Mex in a honky tonk that is home to the blues, you get the Tejas Brothers. This quartet absolutely disregards any notions of staying within a certain "genre." If it feels good, and makes people happy, it ought to be a Tejas Brothers song. Shows are family-friendly and focus on the idea that we only live once, and we should all get the most out of life. In 2013, the Dallas Observer Music Awards named the Tejas Brothers "Best Country Act." Their latest CD, "Live a Little More," was produced by Lloyd Maines. In 2009, they had the #7 album on the Americana Radio Airplay Charts. The Tejas Brothers is a four-piece band comprising accordion, upright bass, guitar, and drums. Shows can be acoustic or electric, and up to two hours in length. The Tejas Brothers' repertoire of original and cover songs include: Boogie Woogie Mamacita (original); I Can't Sleep (original); Don't Be So Mean (original); Seven Spanish Angels; Hey Baby Que Paso; Crying Time; and El Sapito. Production and lights for venues of up to 250 people can be provided.

contact
Brooks Kendall
2505 Scenic View Court
Granbury, TX  76048

phone 817/573-6100
fax 817/977-6307
e-mail brooks@kenran.com
public performance/concert $2000 - $6000
school performance $1500 - $4000
website http://www.tejasbrothers.com

 

Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife

***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.

contact
Heyden Walker
1708 Houston St
Austin, TX  78756

phone 512/441-9255
fax 844/386-2091
e-mail info@texasfolklife.org
public performance/concert $500 - $20000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service film screening & concert $1200 - $2500
website http://www.texasfolklife.org

 

Texas Gypsies

Texas Gypsies

The Texas Gypsies describe their music as "vintage jazzy swingin' cool hep cat sounds of the 20's-30's along with a taste of western swing, with a mix of gypsy jazz magic sprinkled over the top and a pinch of retro deco rockabilly!" This award-winning band mixes passionate violin, a blazing horn section, rocking swinging guitars, slapping upright bass, and retro style drumming to harmoniously create their own unique, fun and artistic sound! The band can perform with from 4 to 8 members for a great and memorable show! The band performs a mix of classic instrumental and vocal music of American swing and jazz music of the 1920's, 30's, 40's, European gypsy jazz, and many original songs, too. The band will dress in vintage era costumes and are available to lecture on early American jazz and swing music.

contact
Steve Curry
1126 Shady Oaks Ct.
Allen, TX  75002

phone 469/879-2646
fax /
e-mail senorocho@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $1600 - $7500
school performance $1000 - $4500
website http://www.texasgypsies.com

 

Tumbaka

Tumbaka

Tumbaka is a multicultural musical group founded by the internationally renowned percussionist Jorge “CroCro” Orta in 2010, which released its first CD in 2014. Tumbaka was formed with the ambition to do something different in the city of Houston in the salsa genre to interpret different tropical-style music. Thanks to the experience and long musical career of Jorge “CroCro” Orta, whose musical journey includes eight years as the percussionist of the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia, Tumbaka interprets the vast Latin music genre. Tumbaka plans to perform all tracks from its CD "El Capitan de mi Barco" and can also include cumbias, bachatas, boleros, Latin jazz, Venezuelan folklore and salsa music.

contact
Jorge Orta
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd.
Houston, TX  77095

phone 713/598-1755
fax /
e-mail crocro77@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7000
school performance $1600 - $2500
optional service workshop $300 - $600
website http://www.tumbaka.com/

 

URBAN-15 Group

URBAN-15 Group

URBAN-15 creates exciting performances and innovative workshops for audiences of all ages. From parade and festival appearances to stage performances, school presentations, and community workshops, URBAN-15 brings a display of movement, color, costume, and sonic experiences that stimulate the imagination. For forty years, the company has blended ethnic dance and drumming traditions with experimental and modern aesthetics. The group has toured throughout the US and Mexico with presentations in parades, fine arts festivals, sports events, theater settings, state fairs and conventions. Their community outreach programs for youth, seniors, at-risk and special-needs audiences are respected in Texas and beyond. URBAN-15 Performance Ensemble is the stage-based presentation group that is available for indoor theater and outdoor amphitheater shows. This ensemble travels with 18 dancers, 12 drummers, and 3 technicians. It offers a full evening spectacle of visual elements, choreography, and sound pieces that blend traditional ethnic dance and musical forms with experimental and modern aesthetics. Programs include a drummers showcase and celebration dances. Photo © 2012 Jeff Prutzman/ArtGives.org.

contact
Cisneros Catherine
2500 S. Presa
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210/736-1500
fax /
e-mail urban15@dcci.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $4500
school performance $300 - $1500
optional service transportion $800 - $2500
optional service lodging $240 - $2400
website http://www.urban15.org

 

Sue Young

Sue Young

Bilingual storyteller Sue Young has delighted audiences at museums, festivals, schools, and libraries around Texas and the US since 1994. An accomplished singer and songwriter, she received a 2013 Texas Music Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. Her CD "The Legend of the Quetzal" received a 2007 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and she wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Summer Reading Club theme songs. Programs include Cantos Y Cuentos: Tales & Tunes of Latin America- a fun trip around Latin America through legends, folktales, classic and folk songs, and original bilingual songs; ¡Viva México! Celebrate Mexico- songs and stories from Mexico; Texican Tales and Tunes- cowboy songs, Mexican cantos, and stories showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of Texas; Songs from Texas to Argentina- a bilingual family concert; and Summer Reading Program– tailored to the presenter's theme and audience. Sue offers staff development sessions and workshops for adults, teens, and children.

contact
Sue  Young
PO Box 5786
Austin, TX  78763

phone 512/323-2414; 512-914-9553
fax /
e-mail sueyoungmusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1750
school performance $350 - $1250
website http://www.sueyoungmusic.com

 


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