American Masterpieces is designed to acquaint audiences in the mid-Atlantic region with the nation’s rich and diverse cultural and artistic legacy. Tours supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation highlight the work of artists from within the region that celebrate the excellence and rich evolution of the performing arts in the United States. The Foundation offers support to presenters from its nine partner states and jurisdictions (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia) that book artists on the annual American Masterpieces roster. This roster of artists changes annually based on the tour theme selected in a given year. Priority is given to engagements taking place in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Information about the artist selection process and booking guidelines, can be found here. For information on the 2012-2013 American Masterpieces Roster and schedule, click here.
Each American Masterpieces tour is built around a thematic framework, which changes annually.
For questions about the program and funding information, contact Michelle Grove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410/539.6656 x 110.
2013-2014 American Masterpieces Tour: [r]evolutionary road
The [r]evolutionary road tour features a critically acclaimed new generation of artists working in quintessential American traditional music genres from blues to bluegrass to gospel to jazz. Each artist paying homage to their roots while moving the music forward in dynamic new directions.
Fee support is available to presenting organizations to presenting organizations booking artists on the following roster for engagements taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Presenters based in the home state of featured artists are ineligible for fee support for that artist. Limited exceptions apply to New York-based artists and presenters.
Andy Statman (New York, NY)
Exploring the roots of klezmer and American bluegrass with improvised jazz, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Andy Statman is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s premier mandolin and clarinet players. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including 20 under his own name. Among those he has recorded and/or toured with are the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Ricky Skaggs, Béla Fleck, David Grisman, Itzhak Perlman, Vassar Clements, and Stéphane Grappelli. A Grammy nominee, Statman has been the subject of numerous feature articles, from The New York Times to Billboard to Rolling Stone.
“Andy Statman, a clarinet and mandolin virtuoso is an American visionary….”—The New Yorker
For fees and booking information: David Leiberman, email@example.com
Chris Thile (New York, NY)
Chris Thile is widely regarded as one of the most inventive musicians of his generation. As a member of the Grammy Award-winning band Nickel Creek and Grammy–nominated string band Punch Brothers, he attracted a following among pop, country, and alternative-rock audiences. A 2012 MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award” recipient, Thile has released five solo albums, and performed and recorded extensively as a duo with Edgar Meyer, fellow eminent mandolin player Mike Marshall and pianist Emanuel Ax. In 2013-2014 he offers a solo concert exploring the dynamic range of the mandolin, performing everything from bluegrass standards and Bach to his own compositions as well as works from the Punch Brothers/Nickel Creek catalog.
“Thile may well be the most virtuosic American ever to play the mandolin.”—The Washington Post
For fees and booking information: Lynn Cingari,
Corey Harris (Charlottesville, VA)
Acoustic Delta blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Corey Harris has carved out his own niche, recording renditions of old songs in the blues tradition while creating an original vision of the genre by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music. The 2007 MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Award” recipient has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music, including B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Ali Farka Touré, Dave Matthews Band, Tracy Chapman, Wilco, and Natalie Merchant.
“The influence of blues greats Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Lightnin' Hopkins was evident when Harris briefly tapped into the wellspring of his music." —The Washington Post
For fees and booking information: Mitch Greenhill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Byron (New York, NY)
Clarinetist and saxophonist Don Byron has always found exhilarating and unexpected musical avenues to explore, interpreting a wildly diverse range of styles and artists from funk-drenched R&B to klezmer and Duke Ellington to Junior Walker. Byron’s latest project, a passionate, spiritually-charged tribute to gospel legends Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who stretched the boundaries of the genre by combining traditional Christian hymns with the rhythmic disciplines of jazz and blues, is one of several different projects available for touring in 2013-2014. The gospel project includes a stellar line-up including pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Pheeroan Aklaaff.
“Byron has carpentered an extraordinary career precisely by obliterating the very idea of category.” —Time Magazine
For fees and booking information: Hans Wendl, email@example.com