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
State Artist Sara Hickman
Sara Hickman, 2010 Texas State Musician, began performing her own songs on stage at age 7. Since then, she has released 8 adult albums; 2 albums for children; worked as a music therapist; started her own record label, Sleeveless; runs her own design firm, Stingray; has two children; performed twice on the Tonight Show; had her own special on VH-1; won numerous awards for her humanitarian and musical contributions; toured nationally; paints murals; received a BA in art from the University of North Texas; taught songwriting/creativity classes; and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the causes she believes in.
State Artist Shelley King
Shelley King, 2008 Texas State Musician, has been an ambassador of the Austin, Texas sound for twenty years. She is a self assured combination of singer and songwriter, who is both a successful solo artist and formidable band leader. King’s blend of blues, folk, country, soul and rock led her to be the first woman appointed by the Texas Legislature to represent the state as it’s Official Musician. She has won Austin Music Awards for Song of the Year and Best Roots Rock Band. Shelley has released 7 albums to rave reviews and radio chart success. King tours Texas and the US performing almost nightly at intimate concerts and major venues and festivals. Her songs have been recorded by numerous national and international artists. She is available to perform as a solo, duo, trio or band, acoustic or electric. She has also conducted song writing and team building work shops at both schools and major corporations.
PO Box 33097
Austin, TX 78764
public performance/concert $400 - $7000
school performance $200 - $2000
optional service workshops/camps $400 - $5000
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.
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
public performance/concert $900 - $3900
school performance $500 - $1400
optional service cultural festival $900 - $1800
optional service collaborative production $2500 - $6000
Susan McDonald has delighted audiences the world over- from the Amazon to Iraq, community concerts to Carnegie Hall, Holocaust survivors in Vienna to the President of the United States. A protegee of Pepe Romero, Susan's recordings and performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Susan has created an art form called "Animal Ballets," in which she combines original music and video footage to create performances in which animals are the "dancers" and she is their "orchestra." She is also on the rosters of Young Audiences of Houston and the YES Academy in Iraq. Susan can provide solo concerts, including several themed performances: Spanish Caravan; Gilgamesh; Animal Ballets- original compositions for guitar with choreographed video footage of wildlife; soloist with orchestras performing Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Rodrigo), Concerto in D Major (Vivaldi).
3609 Turkey Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78730
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $500 - $1500
Evan Mitchell’s performances have been heard in New York’s Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), FM 91 (Northwest Ohio), and WFHB (Bloomington, IN). He has played concerti with ensembles including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. Recent highlights include debuts on Chicago's prestigious Myra Hess recital series, and at Shanghai's Oriental Art Center. Touring programs include "From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas," plus an extensive concerto repertoire. "From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas" is a full-length program of solo piano music. The first half comprises works written by American composers, with music of Brazilian and Canadian composers filling out the second half. Evan can provide original program notes and enjoys discussing these pieces with the audience. Additionally, he is happy to tour as a concerto soloist and offers an extensive and varied repertoire, from Beethoven to Bernstein.
3209 Lawndale Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76133
public performance/concert $650 - $1600
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service concerto with orchestra $1400 - $3200
Steve Parker is a trombonist in Austin. He directs SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum, is an artist of Ensemble Signal, and is a Fulbright and Harrington Scholar. Steve has performed as a soloist throughout the world premiering over 100 new works. He is particularly interested in large-scale collaborative projects and has organized performances for 80 car horns, 100 tubas, 80 trombones, and 99 percussionists; he has also built large interactive instrument sculptures. Steve has been recognized by the Austin Chronicle (Best of Austin), Austin Critics' Table, the NEA, and New Music USA. His work has been featured on NPR, PBS, and SXSW. His programs appear in several formats. As a community arts organizer, he produces new works for large ensembles featuring community members performing on automobiles, pedicabs, tubas, and trombones. As a music director, Steve conducts large ensemble performances, including “Music for Wilderness Lake,” and writes new electronic works for theatre and dance companies, including Ballet Austin. Steve also performs solo trombone + electronics programs featuring original music, cutting-edge sound processing, and video. Photo: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman
12026 Wycliff Ln.
Austin, TX 78727
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
school performance $500 - $5000
optional service commission $4000 - $25000
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
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.
713 Meadow Dr.
Burkburnett, TX 76354
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $125 - $950
The warmth and humor of Mark Shelton combine with his percussion prowess to create a family-friendly concert experience that connects with audiences. Mark entertains (and educates) with his trademark high-energy style as he romps and stomps his way through an arsenal of percussion paraphernalia that can include marimba, doumbec, bones, bodhran, cajon, hammered dulcimer, snare drum, handpan, and electronic percussion. In his one-man show, Music From My Galaxy, Mark draws upon a background that includes classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, ethnic, and new music to create an engaging collage for "the drummer in all of us." All the selections are original compositions, improvisations, or arrangements by Mark.
PO Box 293621
Lewisville, TX 75029
public performance/concert $335 - $2500
school performance $500 - $2500
A recent transplant to Austin, Peggy Stern has had a rich and varied career as a musician, having toured with many jazz greats (Lee Konitz, Diane Schuur, David “Fathead” Newman, and more), and played in numerous jazz festivals worldwide. Since coming to Texas, Peggy has adopted the Texas Swing style, adding to her already eclectic embrace of musical disciplines. Perhaps best known as a composer, Peggy has four tunes in the Real Book (the “jazz bible”). Peggy created the Wall Street Jazz Festival ("where the traditions meet the progressives, and all the leaders are women") in Kingston, NY, which has been held twelve consecutive years to date. Peggy Stern can perform solo, including repertoire from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. Her duo concerts illustrate a live “conversation,” in which the participants must listen carefully to each other, and improvise together; repertoire includes mostly standards. Trio, quartet, or quintet concerts might include bass, drums, vocals, saxophones, trumpets, etc., and the repertoire will be chosen from the Great American Songbook, the Texas Swing Songbook, and original compositions. The Z OCTET concert will be specifically the music from Peggy’s latest album, Z OCTET.
PO Box 300907
Austin, TX 78703
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $500 - $7500
Van Cliburn Foundation
Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely-recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests” and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting and launching the careers of young pianists and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience. In addition to cash and other prizes, the six winners of the competition receive three years of career management, with the Cliburn arranging and providing full artist services for hundreds of engagements. They are available for solo recital, chamber, and symphony performances, master classes, preview concert discussions, lecture-demonstrations, and in-school presentations. The touring repertoire will consist of music for classical piano. Each of the six artists has prepared repertoire for solo recital, as well as for performance with chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras.
201 Main Street, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $4000 - $8000
school performance $500 - $1000
optional service with Orchestra $4000 - $12000
Redd Volkaert is arguably the best guitarist in a town (Austin) overflowing with them. Inspiring a cult of guitar twangers, Redd made his name as lead picker with Merle Haggard. He is an in-demand studio pro and guitar clinician in LA and Nashville but makes his home in Bastrop, TX. Redd plays everything from good ole country to honky tonk to western swing, is a great singer, and leads his own 4/5 piece band in everything honky tonk! He holds a GRAMMY for Best Country Instrumental Performance on Brad Paisley’s "Cluster Pluck." Watching him do those flashy licks like no other human being could ever do...you watch a master.
PO Box 1652
Manchaca, TX 78652
public performance/concert $1750 - $7500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $750 - $7500