Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Subsidy is provided directly to presenters engaging artists from the roster for performances. The roster of artists changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, international cultural exchange, and engaging communities underserved by the arts.
The annual artist roster is selected through a staff-curated process led by MAAF Program Officer, Performing Arts, with input from mid-Atlantic presenters through an annual survey. Criteria considered in the selection process include artists or ensembles that appeal to a wide-range of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, artist affordability and technical requirements, and strong artist representation. The discipline specific categories for the roster include:
- Contemporary Chamber Music
- Folk/Traditional Music
- World Music
- A seventh category that rotates annually to address different disciplines, genres, or special opportunities
There is no application process for artists to be part of the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should refer to the Now Booking and Booking Guidelines tabs under this program.
Questions regarding Mid Atlantic Tours should be directed to Haowen Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
2018-2019 Booking Roster
The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Highly sought-after by contemporary composers, The Crossing has premiered dozens of works by the elite of contemporary composers.
CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC
M is Black Enough (aka Miyamoto is Black Enough) is a band and collaborative evening-length concert consisting of composer/ percussionist Andy Akiho, poet/spoken-word artist Roger Bonair-Agard, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and drummer Sean Dixon. A contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary, M is Black Enough aims to be complex and aggressive, and to involve all elements equally in a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s innovative “Video Partnering” work — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and virtual.
Listed as Rolling Stone Magazine’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2016, Kaia Kater plays folk mountain music with a modern day edge. She grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music as well as the years she spent studying Appalachian music in West Virginia; the other her identity as an artist born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her second album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delves further, and casts an eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America today.
Kaia Kater’s songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, but it is her keen traditional sensibility and lyrical ability that makes her stand out as a new artist on the rise.
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. The Sound of Red, her most recent album and first of all-original material, provide glimpses of the many small but profound turning points that are a part of an individual life.
Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times under the artistic leadership of Ping Chong, one of America’s leading theatrical innovators and recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theater production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim Americans. The five young participants vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 America and in this current moment of rising fear of and violence towards Muslims. Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process wherein Ping Chong + Company artists extensively interviews local participants. These interviews become the basis of the script, performed by the community members themselves, that weaves together personal, historical, and political narratives.
Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about nubian ‘songs of return’, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, and shared migration experiences, expanded the conversation to include Brandon Terzic on Oud, Mawuena Kodjovi on Bass and Trumpet as well as the charismatic vocalist, Nahid. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the Brooklyn based group’s sound grew into what they have dubbed as ‘east – african retro-pop’ rooted in Sudan and Nubia and drawing from the rich diversity of East-Africa’s musical heritage.
Mid Atlantic Tours provides fee support grants to presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia booking the current roster artists for engagements taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Engagements must be confirmed no later than March 2, 2018.
For full booking and program guidelines, please download the 2018-2019 Booking Guidelines.
For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.
2017-2018 Mid Atlantic Tours
All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.
CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC
Ashley Bathgate, New York, NY
Cellist Ashley Bathgate ventures into previously uncharted areas of sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditional voice. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars. In 2017-2018, Bathgate will tour Bach Unwound, a radical re-imagination of Bach’s popular Unaccompanied Cello Suites, in collaboration with composer collective Sleeping Giant; Stories for Ocean Shells, works written for Bathgate by composer Kate Moore; and an intimate duo concert series with dancer Lil Buck, What Moves You, that reveals the intricacy and immediacy of the creative process between movement and sound.
|11/18/2017||The Egg, Albany, NY|
|2/22/2018||Strathmore, Rockville, MD|
Bombay Rickey, Bronx, NY
Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, New York-based band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with a little coloratura soprano. Their debut album, Cinefonia was named best debut of 2014 by New York Music Daily and received the Vox Pop Award for Best Eclectic Album from the Independent Music Awards. A hit opera-cabaret that uses Peruvian singer Yma Sumac’s life story as a jumping-off point to explore meanings of diversity and authenticity, Bombay Rickey (Meets the Psychology of Desire) premiered at the 2016 PROTOTYPE Festival in NYC and ran for seven sold-out shows.
|10/27-28/2017||The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD|
|12/1/2017||Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington, DC|
|1/31/2018||Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY|
|4/21/2018||The Cooperage Project, Honesdale, PA|
BalletX, Philadelphia, PA
BalletX, founded in 2005, produces original choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences. The resident dance company of The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, the company also tours nationally and internationally. In 2017-2018 BalletX will offer numerous programs for touring, all of which can be reviewed here.
|7/26/2017||City Parks Foundation, New York, NY|
|10/21/2017||Wayne Theatre Alliance, Inc., Waynesboro, VA|
|10/27-28/2017||Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton, NY|
|11/11/2017||Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV|
|6/16/2018||Halcyon, Washington, DC|
The Church Sisters, Danville, VA
Church Sisters, Savannah and Sarah Church, is a twin-sister powerhouse duo from Galax, VA. The musical heritage of the region of their upbringing rings true to their voices along with the eclectic feel of a wide array of musical genres: Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Roots, and Folk. The blood harmony of these two sisters, backed by their talented musicians, brings joy to audiences where ever they perform.
|7/13/2017||The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE|
|9/16/2017||Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD|
|9/26/2017||Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD|
|10/7/2017||Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA|
|11/2/2017||The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River, NJ|
|3/3/2018||Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ|
Melissa Aldana, New York, NY
A native of Santiago, Chile, Melissa Aldana’s music studies began with her father, acclaimed jazz saxophonist Marcos Aldana. Since moving to the US in 2006 to attend Berklee College of Music, Melissa has won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the 2015 Downbeat critics poll Rising Star category. In 2017-2018 Melissa will primarily tour with her quartet and also with options for engagements with her trio.
|9/15/2017||The Mainstay, Rock Hall, MD|
|9/16/2017||The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE|
|10/21/2017||The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY|
|10/22/2017||William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ|
|2/8/2018||Bucks County Community College Foundation, Newtown, PA|
|2/9/2018||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
|2/15/2018||Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach, VA|
|2/16/2018||Carnegie Hall, Inc., Lewisburg, WV|
|2/17/2018||Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA|
|4/4/2018||Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA|
|4/12/2018||Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, PA|
|4/13/2018||The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD|
|6/16/2018||DC Jazz Festival, Washington, DC|
Daniel Beaty, New York, NY
EMERGENCY is Daniel Beaty’s Obie, NAACP, Audelco, and Ovation Award winning one man play in which he portrays 43 different characters. A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty in present day NYC sending the city’s inhabitants into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration. Characters include a homeless man, a scientist, a republican business executive, a street vendor, an 11-year old boy from the projects and more who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon. A slam poet named Rodney is scheduled to perform in a poetry slam that evening, but is delayed by having to retrieve his schizophrenic father from the site of the emergence. While Rodney and his brother go to see about their dad, the audience is treated to the poetry slam already in progress.
|9/15-16/2017||University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD|
|10/13-14/2017||Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA|
|11/4/2017||The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD|
|1/26/2018||Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA|
Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements. Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015. In the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent.
|10/22-23/2017||Montgomery College, Rockville, MD|
|11/8-9/2017||West Virginia State University, Institute, WV|
|11/10-11/2017||Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV|
|11/12-13/2017||Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA|
|11/14/2017||Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA|
|11/16/2017||James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA|
|11/17/2017||Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA|
|11/18/2017||Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY|
|11/19/2017||Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ|
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Changes in Project Proposal
Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at email@example.com.
Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting
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Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.
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This engagement of [ARTIST] is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.*
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.
*Some projects are also supported by our State partners. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.
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