Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2020-August 31, 2022

2020-2022
Texas Touring Roster

A'lante Flamenco

A'lante Flamenco

Thundering footwork, chattering castanets, soaring vocals and blazing guitars, A'lante Flamenco takes hold of an audience and won't let go! Directed by Olivia Chacon, the company's seven dancers and four musicians fill the stage with energy, enthralling audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and presenting flamenco to Texas audiences in fresh and creative ways. Flamenco is a music and dance form hailing from southern Spain, with Roma (Gypsy), Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Latin American influences. A'lante Flamenco has been hailed by audiences and critics for their dynamic and contemporary approach to flamenco, uniting tradition and innovation. Available touring programs include theatrical productions (including Juana: First I Dream, inspired by poet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz; The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale, based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, and others) or a program appropriate for smaller venues, like Flamencura, which transports audiences into a traditional Spanish flamenco club. Programs can also be customized for specific events or audiences, including dance and music workshops, mini-performances, and lecture-demonstrations in Spanish or English, including discussions of history and cultural influences of flamenco. Photo by Estrella Chacon.

contact
Olivia Chacon
8910 Research Blvd. Unit D3
Austin, TX  78709

phone 512-850-1115
phone#2
e-mail info@alanteflamenco.com
public performance/concert $750 - $10,000
school performance $600 - $5,000
workshop fees $400 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $5,000
website https://alanteflamenco.com/

 

Adler & Hearne

Adler & Hearne

From Texas’ upper east side, award-winning singer-songwriters Lynn Adler and Lindy Hearne connect with audiences coast to coast. Their music is a signature blend of original folk, jazz, and blues with deep Texas roots. Their repertoire is playful, poignant, and poetic including sparky love ballads, historically based tributes, quirky story songs and anthems of justice and peace. Raised by musical families and nurtured by music ensembles through college, the husband-and-wife duo met in Nashville and now pay it forward together in performances from listening-room venues, festivals, and community events to churches, libraries, schools, and house concerts. Lynn co-wrote the theme song for the hit PBS children’s TV series Wishbone. Her diverse writing background brings added experience to the duo's workshops and presentations. Lindy sang in the famed Texas Boys Choir as a child, and for several years he and his band were Roy Clark’s backup group performing with Roy from Las Vegas to Hee Haw to Carnegie Hall. Adler & Hearne's songs share a common ground with the human experience of us all. The vibe of their live shows is a thoughtful balance: equal parts campfire song circle and concert hall polish, punctuated with humor and spirit. Photo by Francesco Silvestri.

contact
Lynn Adler
PO Box 979
Winnsboro, TX  75494

phone 214-952-6086
phone#2 817-600-1267
e-mail lynn.adler.songfarmer@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $1,500
school performance $300 - $750
workshop fees $300 - $1,500 Optional service workshop/festival/camp/commissioned song
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $200
website http://www.adlerandhearne.com/

 

Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre

Alley Theatre, acknowledged leader in American theatre, holds Applied Theatre, integrating drama in education, community, or therapeutic contexts, among its core values. The Alley Character Education Series (ACES) presents interactive touring assemblies for K-5th grade students. Delightfully wacky, the 'Oskar' plays are described as 'vaudevillian—SNL for K-5th graders,' and teach important life skills such as becoming an upstander against bullies, understanding the importance of diversity, social-emotional competence, resiliency, and coping with trauma. Comments such as 'The kids were super excited from our last show and this show lived up to the hype!' 'I loved the English/Spanish captions,' 'The music and special effects made a big impact!' 'Resilience was taught in a way the students could relate,' and 'The presentation kept the students engaged the whole time,' are common. With small casts, a portable, easy-to-assemble set, and an interactive digital guide, plays are designed for school auditoriums, gymnasiums, and multipurpose rooms. They provide a framework for post-performance discussions in the classroom and beyond. The Alley is also available to visit classrooms and community centers with programs like Staging STEM, First Draft personal narrative, SLAM Poetry, and Playwriting, as well as evidence-based professional development programs for teachers. Photo by Rachel Wagner.

contact
Elena Valladolid-Rivera
615 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX  77002

phone 713-315-5424
phone#2 713-315-5423
e-mail elenavr@alleytheatre.org
public performance/concert $433 - $595
school performance $433 - $595
workshop fees $150 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $2,000
website https://www.alleytheatre.org/education

 

American Dreamer

American Dreamer

American Dreamer is four gifted musicians who bring a heavy dose of strings to their unique blend of indie-folk. Each member, Courtney Castaneda, Dana Marie, Camille Schiess, and Sasha Klare-Ayvazian, contributes something distinctive to their rich and remarkable sound. The quartet’s music builds on relatable folk songs, transformed through bold string arrangements (violin, cello, bass) and resplendent three-part harmony. American Dreamer’s four members met while pursuing graduate degrees at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin. They share a lifelong passion for crafting their art and using it to connect with urban and rural communities. American Dreamer strives to honor America’s deeply rooted folk tradition while exploring contemporary elements that roll the genre forward. American Dreamer is available for public performances, private engagements, school events, and workshops. The group can perform with or without vocals to accommodate different events and settings. American Dreamer offers workshops for classical string players on improvisation, soloing, and playing from chord charts. Reciprocally, the group assists songwriters in writing string arrangements for their music and communicating ideas to string players. Photo by Rachel Piotrzkowski.

contact
Sasha Klare-Ayvazian
800 W 38th St.
Austin, TX  78705

phone 413-320-7327
phone#2
e-mail americandreamermusic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $500 - $2,500
school performance $500 - $2,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $300
website https://www.americandreamermusic.com/epk

 

ARCOS

ARCOS

ARCOS experiments rigorously to discover adventurous new forms of contemporary performance. Integrating overlapping layers of older and newer technologies in ways that question dominant understandings of the world and examine the turbulent processes of traditions in flux, their internationally award-winning, interdisciplinary work is accessible, relevant, and directly engaging to a diverse range of contemporary audiences. Recognized by critics for their 'kaleidoscopic artistry' (Austin American-Statesman) that is 'fierce and weird and wonderful' (Austin Chronicle) and 'thinks squarely outside the box' (Scotsman), ARCOS tours throughout Texas, nationally, and abroad to contemporary art centers, festivals, and academic residencies and symposia. Programs available for touring are a combination of existing repertoire and original commissions tailored to presenters’ specifications and various venue types, including performances suited to a theatrical studio or proscenium setting, site-responsive or immersive pieces in outdoor or alternative spaces, and interactive installations in galleries or libraries. While on tour or in residency, ARCOS also complements performances with innovative outreach and community engagement offerings, such as informal post-show conversations, interdisciplinary workshops or masterclasses, and volunteering for local charities. Photo by Eliot Gray Fisher.

contact
Erica Gionfriddo
1207 Southport Drive #106
Austin, TX  78704

phone 860-983-5974
phone#2 505-690-0194
e-mail a@arcosdance.com
public performance/concert $1,500 - $20,000
school performance $800 - $4,800
workshop fees $150 - $7,500
travel/per diem/lodging $40 - $9,600
website http://arcosdance.com

 

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel

Asleep at the Wheel started in 1970 with three friends: Ray Benson, Lucky Oceans and Leroy Preston. Reuters wrote, 'They're one of the best lives acts in the business.' Asleep at the Wheel have been the chief practitioners, conspirators, and caretakers of western swing, carrying the torch lit by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys well into the 21st century. Their bearing of the western swing torch has yielded three Bob Wills tribute albums. Since inception, Asleep at the Wheel have received 10 GRAMMY® Awards. Asleep at the Wheel have demonstrated convincingly that they are more relevant, enjoyable, and musically nimble now than at any time in their 50-year history. The 6’7” Ray Benson has been the one constant in Asleep at the Wheel since 1970. He notes, 'I've been told that I'm relentless, so I guess I am…. I’m just doing what I believe I’m meant to do— I’m singing and playing and writing better than I ever have. I’ve made it this far and don’t feel like I or the band will be slowing down anytime soon.' Programs: Symphony Show, On Stage and Screen, Merry Texas Christmas Y'all, Texas Dance Hall Tour. Photo by Mike Shore.

contact
Sam Seifert
PO Box 463
Austin, TX  78767

phone 512-444-9885
phone#2
e-mail sam@asleepatthewheel.com
public performance/concert $12,500 - $25,000
travel/per diem/lodging $1,000 - $2,000
website https://www.asleepatthewheel.com

 

Austin Troubadours

Austin Troubadours

The Austin Troubadours (AT) is an Austin-based group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe. AT was founded in 2008 by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Mr. Vujisic has performed hundreds of concerts in Europe throughout the '80s and '90s including Berlin's Schauspielhous, Theater St. Marten in Paris, and the Dubrovnik Festival. Seven musicians in Renaissance costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform the music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The shows are high energy and unconventional, with performers that include members of the Austin Opera, University of Texas faculty, Fulbright Scholars, and winners of Austin Statesman's Critics Choice Awards, funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Commission. AT are proud to say that they have been approved for inclusion on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster since 2014. Program 1 - Introduction to Renaissance Music (6-7 musicians); Program 2 - Music of Shakespeare's Theatre (6-7 musicians); Program 3 - Mediterranean Journey (Medieval music from Mediterranean countries, 6-7 musicians); Program 4 - Lute Song (Soprano and lute duets, 2-4 musicians). For more, please visit www.austintroubadours.com. Photo by Maya Sokovic.

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

phone 512-983-0600
phone#2
e-mail slobodanvujisic@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $1,000 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $3,000
travel/per diem/lodging $350 - $1,500
website http://www.austintroubadours.com

 

Axiom String Quartet

Axiom String Quartet

From Monteverdi to Michael Jackson, the Axiom Quartet is a dynamic professional string quartet based in Houston, TX. The group is known for presenting programs mixing classical string quartet repertoire, transcriptions, contemporary compositions, popular rock, electronic, indie, jazz, and pop genres in a single concert experience. Behind these programming choices are Axiom's belief that concerts that treat these genres with equal reverence can turn classical fans towards extraordinary popular music while serving as classical music advocates to those who normally do not attend classical concerts. As a result, many of their concerts are sold out. Since 2017, Axiom has been the Quartet-in-Residence for the School of Music at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. They are also the primary outreach ambassador for Chamber Music Houston where they frequently perform around the Houston metroplex to engage area youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Axiom's touring schedule has ranged from Texas highways to international airports. In addition to annual concerts at the Cave Without a Name in the Texas Hill Country, Axiom has recently given multi-city tours of both the midwestern US and given a two-week tour of China. Photo by Lynn Lane.

contact
Hunter Capoccioni
7835 Redgate Circle
Houston, TX  77071

phone 319-504-6290
phone#2 713-444-3392
e-mail capoccioni@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2,000 - $4,800
school performance $600 - $2,000
workshop fees $1,200 - 2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $2,300
website https://www.axiomquartet.com

 

Aztex

Aztex

Aztex, formed in 1998 by lead singer Sarah Fox and accordionist Joel Guzman, have performed at festivals and cultural centers from Rennes, France to Lafayette, LA. Through the years both artists have collaborated and performed with a galaxy of top stars including Buddy Miller, Kris Kristofferson, the late Stephen Bruton, plus many more amazing artists. Over the course of their three-decade career, Aztex has recorded seven solo albums. The duo’s stunning performances have propelled them into the national stage, garnering them three GRAMMY Award nominations and two wins in 2004 and 2005. Although Sarah is as the top of her game as one of Texas’ leading Latina singers, she easily transcends the cultural genres and barriers. Her passionate songwriting, visceral vocals, and dynamic stage presence make her one of the most exciting contemporary performers anywhere. Joel Guzman has been called brilliant, extraordinary, and a genius. He began dazzling audiences and fellow musicians with his unique accordion artistry as a child prodigy, causing established and respected accordion players to christen him, at an early age, 'El Pequeno Gigante.' Today, Aztex continues to incorporate diverse styles into a sound all their own, creating an excellent fusion of rumba, soul, blues, and world cumbia. Photo by David Dodd.

contact
Joel Guzman
124 Wallops
Kyle, TX  78640

phone 512-268-9272
phone#2 512-745-3905
e-mail guzmanfox@gmail.com
public performance/concert $5,000 - $9,000
school performance $2,000 - $4,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $750 - $1,250
website https://www.aztexlive.com

 

Azul Barrientos

Azul Barrientos

Azul Barrientos is an acclaimed musician dedicated to uncovering and conserving the cultural influences and interconnections between Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Mexico. Born in Mexico City, Azul moved to San Antonio, Texas as a young woman, where she developed a reputation for building bridges between Mexicana and Chicana cultures. Her career has focused on the preservation of traditional songs from Latin America and the exploration of their diverse musical histories. Azul rejoices in her Latina roots, giving new life to the rhythms and stories of previous generations. She currently serves as Artist in Residence at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, Texas. Available programs include solo concerts and performances with accompaniment. Azul performs with guitar and jarana at all concerts. Accompaniment may include piano and bass for a jazz-style concert; harp, cello, and percussion; or other variations including full band and duets. Children’s performances featuring traditional songs, games, dancing, and storytelling are also available. Multimedia presentations providing context on cultural themes may also be incorporated by request. Photo by Josh Huskin.

contact
Azul Barrientos
14439 NW Military Highway 108 #508
San Antonio, TX  78231

phone 210-897-3582
phone#2
e-mail info@azulmusica.com
public performance/concert $600 - $6,000
school performance $400 - $3,000
workshop fees $400 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $3,000
website https://www.azulbarrientos.com

 

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 engaging explanations and moving performances. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Jacqueline LeMieux Prize from the Canada Council and the title 'Artistic Jewel' in India. She has been named and nominated Best Dancer by the Austin Area Critics' Circle numerous times. Anuradha offers a traditional formal solo concert introduced with demonstrative explanations, performed in authentic costumes to recorded music that can be modified for intimate spaces. Sacred Earth Stories, an ensemble production with multimedia, connects ancient earth mythologies to current climate issues and is suited for theater spaces. Her Arts in Education presentation is popular in schools, libraries, and museums. Moving Myths of India is an engaging, interactive children’s show for all ages, highlighting mythology through storytelling embellished with creative hand symbols, rhythms, and cultural values of India, performed in colorful costume. Live musical accompaniment is available on request. Anuradha has an MFA in Dance and also offers master classes, workshops, and lecture-demonstrations at the high school and university level. Photo by Sadu Bajekal.

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

phone 512-791-7258
phone#2 512-795-8627
e-mail anu@austindanceindia.com
public performance/concert $2,500 - $6,000
school performance $650 - $1,200
workshop fees $750 - $2,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $2,000
website https://www.austindanceindia.com

 

Amalia Ortiz

Amalia Ortiz

Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme., one of '10 Great Latino Books of 2015.' It won the 2015 Writers' League of Texas Poetry Discovery Prize. Amalia spoke at TEDx McAllen 2015. She was awarded an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Grant and a writing residency at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Hedgebrook writer-in-residence alumna, and she was the inaugural performing-artist-in-residence at ArtPace in 2018. She was awarded a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Fund for the Arts Grant to film music videos for her latest book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret (Aztlan Libre Press). Amalia received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Amalia is available for spoken word performances, writing workshops, and the performances of her latest book/punk musical, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret, with her band, Las Hijas de la Madre. Photo by Gladys Ornelas.

contact
Amalia Ortiz
127 East Drexel Avenue
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 512-940-0228
phone#2
e-mail amiortiz@aol.com
public performance/concert $750 - $2,000
school performance $500 - $1,000
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $500 - $3,000
website http://www.amaliaortiz.net

 


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