Mid Atlantic Tours is designed to increase audience access to the arts by supporting tours of distinguished performing artists based in the mid-Atlantic region and from outside the United States. The Foundation offers fee subsidies to presenters from Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia that book artists on the program’s tour roster, which changes annually.

Seven artists/ensembles – one each from the categories of circus arts, dance, music: contemporary chamber, music: folk, music: jazz, music: Puerto Rican diaspora, and theater – will be selected for the 2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours roster.

Please note that the information listed below is only for informational purposes. Actual artists fees may vary, may not include local housing and transportation, and are meant to be only representative.

Artists/ensembles currently under consideration include:

CIRCUS ARTS

Two artists stand on opposite sides of the stage - the one of the left is dressed all in tan and the one on the right is dressed all in red. They held in each hand the corner of a large piece of sheer white materials that is billowing overhead like a parachute against a black background and stage.

Air Play. Credit: Florence Montmare.

Acrobuffos |  Air Play (NY)
Website: www.acrobuffos.com
Media: https://vimeo.com/214885234
Fee: $10,000-$13,000 single show plus 3 hotel rooms, discount fees for multiple shows

Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, the Acrobuffos, are the creators, writers, and performers of Air Play. They met at a circus in Afghanistan, were engaged while street performing in Scotland, and married in China. In 2005, they co-founded the Acrobuffos, an award-winning theater company specializing in non-verbal comedy performed in outdoor festivals, circuses, arenas, and theaters.

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk brings to life the very air we breathe. Air Play is made for venues seating 500 to 2,500.

Community engagement activity options:
> Out of Thin Air—Creation Workshop: Explore the working process Seth and Christina used to develop Air Play. How do you create a show without a script? What in the world is an air sculptor? Work directly with props from Air Play and explore what it means to literally create out of thin air.

> Secrets of Clowning—Physical Comedy Workshop: Learn the invisible things that clowns do which actors do not: the hidden principles of clowning. What makes clowning different from theater? Are clowns required to use a red nose and greasepaint? Explore how to communicate and create comedy without using words.

A detailed Air Play Study Guide is available.

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A man and a woman play large brass instruments on a black stage. The man is slightly crouched on the left with grey pants and white shirt. The woman is seated on the right in a full black skirt and jacket. Sheet music is spilled across the floor.

A Fool’s Errand. Credit: Amanda Russell.

Jamie Adkins | A Fool’s Errand (Québec, Canada)
Website: www.jamieadkins.com
Media: https://vimeo.com/262205912
Fee: $5,000-6,000

World renowned clown, juggler, and comic acrobat, Jamie Adkins, stumbles onstage, desperately trying to become the man he imagines himself to be. In his new show A Fool’s Errand, Adkins uses his unique blend of circus arts, acrobatic skill and unguarded physical comedy to explore the what-ifs along the path of life, accompanied by a charismatic tuba player (Julie Houle).

Recognized worldwide for his undeniable talent as an acrobat, juggler and clown, Adkins had the honor of performing in such distinguished venues as the Sydney Opera House, the Kennedy Centre and the New Victory Theatre. He played for three weeks at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014; had a three-month run at Les Bouffes Parisiens in Paris in 2015; and was invited to the Lincoln Centre (New York) in 2016. A Fool’s Errand, has been presented at the Place des Arts in Montreal for its world premiere and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, for the American premiere.

Community engagement activity options: Adkins can offer two kinds of workshops: the workshop for beginners is 60 minutes and demonstrates the basic techniques of juggling and clowning. The workshop for intermediates and advanced participants can be extended to 90 minutes. A study guide can be also provided.

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A man balances in plank position facing downward while holding hands with a nother man on his back on the stage. The balancing man's hips are supported by the other man's feet. The acrobats are surrounded by children seated around them on stage.

Bedtime Stories. Credit: M. Hessenberg.

Upswing | Bedtime Stories (London, UK)
Website: www.upswing.org.uk
Media: Trailer: https://vimeo.com/136155067 | Project R&D: https://vimeo.com/116250243
Fee: $3500/per show – up to a weekly fee of $25,000

London-based circus theatre pioneers Upswing are among the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies. Founded in 2006 and still the only UK circus company led by a black female artistic director, Vicki Amedume, Upswing brings new artists and experiences to the stage that reflect a dynamic, modern Britain.

Upswing has created 13 productions, 8 of which were commissioned and 6 of which have toured internationally. Bedtime Stories, which has garnered awards and delighted family audiences across the UK and in Latin America (with Asia upcoming), offers a uniquely immersive and awe-inspiring experience for parents and children to enjoy together.

Bedtime Stories welcomes children and their parents into an immersive world of a giant child’s bedroom, where a magical story unfolds at bedtime, traversing the real and the imaginary. Audiences enter a theater space transformed by a circular patchwork of beds, mattresses, pillows, and blankets where the audience can settle in comfortably, unwinding and reconnecting within their family units. Bedtime Stories depicts bedtime rituals, and the struggles of contemporary families to find time to be together and reconnect, infusing these everyday activities with the amazing dimensions of aerial dance and partner acrobatics.

Community engagement activity options: the company offers a range of community engagement activities. For more information, click here.

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DANCE

I woman with forarms crutches stand center. Her left foot is on the head of another woman lying on stage. The auduence is seated closely around the performance space.

Credit: Robbie Sweeny.

Jess Curtis (CA) and Claire Cunningham (UK) | The Way You Look (at me) Tonight
Website: www.jesscurtisgravity.org | www.clairecunningham.co.uk
Media: https://vimeo.com/222276814
Fee: $9,200 – $22,000 (contingent on # of performances) plus travel and housing

How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? Can we change how we see others?

The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight is a social sculpture-a sensory journey, for two performers and an audience. Developed in collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis dance, sing, tell stories, and ask questions, combining performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.

In collaboration with video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann, dramaturge Luke Pell, set and costume designer Michiel Keuper, and lighting designer Christopher Copland, they perform an evening-length duet that excavates their own ways of seeing each other—as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds.

The work has an Access Rider regarding access accommodations for visually impaired and blind audiences, deaf audiences, wheelchair users and crutch users, and other audience members with disabilities. For visually impaired and blind audiences, the show travels with its own pre-recorded audio description track, audio description headsets, and Braille programs. The artists will offer a pre-show touch tour on the evenings where audio description is offered. For more information about access and engagement activities, click here.

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A group of six dancers, male and female, dance in a circle on a grey background. The dancers are all dressed in grey and black street clothes with black sneakers.

Odeon. Credit: Matthew Murphy.

Ephrat Asherie Dance | Odeon (NY)
Website: www.ephratasheriedance.com
Media: https://vimeo.com/274863468/8cd7a31c85
Fee: $20,000 plus travel and housing

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie is a New York City-based B-girl, dancer, and choreographer and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance. Asherie has received numerous awards and residencies to support her work. This includes Dixon Place, Jacob’s Pillow, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, and the CUNY Dance Initiative. Most recently, Asherie received a National Dance Project award to support the development and touring of her newest work, Odeon, an original dance work for seven dancers and four musicians. With musical direction by Asherie’s brother and world-renowned jazz pianist, Ehud Asherie, Odeon is set to the music of Ernesto Nazareth, a Brazilian composer known for mixing early 20th-century romantic music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms. This work takes a hybrid approach to movement, delving into what happens when you bring together the extended family of street and club dances—including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue—remix them, pick them apart, and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts.

Community engagement activity options: EAD’s community engagement activities include master classes in breaking, hip hop and/or house for dancers of all ages and levels. The company also offers lecture demonstrations and seminars to share information about the many street and social dances the company embodies, underscoring the cultural context from which these forms emerged and the spaces in which these styles continue to thrive and exist.

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"Bewildered", Adryan Moorefield, Courtney Robinson, Janine Beckles, PHILADANCO, Rosita Adamo, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Victor Lewis Jr. Six dancers leap straight up in a v-shaped split jummp against a white background. They are costumed in primary colors - each one different.

Credit: Lois Greenfield.

Philadanco! (PA)
Website: www.philadanco.org
Media: Iquail Shaheed / Anthony Burrell / Tommie Waheed-Evans: https://tinyurl.com/PhiladancoSuccessStories
Post-show talk at Jacob’s Pillow 2018 with excerpts from Suite En Bleu (Sagan) – Enemy Behind the Gates (Huggins)– Super 8 (Mercer) and Endangered Species (Burrell): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M45fCGuwrns
Fee: $15,000-$20,000

Celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco! is on the verge of celebrating its 50th anniversary in the 2019-2020 season. Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco! will celebrate its achievements in contemporary dance by touring repertory that features  recently commissioned repertory that features works by Philadanco! alumni. This can  include works such as Iquail Shaheed’s, The Order and Anthony Burrell’s Endangered Species , alongside important legacy works of seasoned choreographers such as Sagan, (Suite En Bleu),  Huggins, Meyers (Enemy Behind the Gates), and Mercer (Super 8!). Programs can be rounded out with stunning contemporary ballet works like Thang Dao’s Folded Prism or Francisco Gella’s Between the Lines.

Community engagement activity options: 47 years of performance and over 55 years of teaching means that Joan Myers Brown (Founder/Executive Artistic Director) is responsible for a century of American dance. She was featured in the recently acclaimed documentary film Black Ballerina and offers dance presenters the option to focus on her biography, The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina. Additional activities include lecture/discussions centered around her book and master classes in modern techniques, jazz, and ballet to train the next generation of aspiring artists. Screenings of the Black Ballerina film can be facilitated to coincide with these activities.

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MUSIC: CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER

A group of four musicians stand outside against a highly graffitied wall. All old string instruments in front of them.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Attacca Quartet (NY)
Website: www.attaccaquartet.com
Media: Caoline Shaw Blueprint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2bRnpnsSKA
Educational Program Excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh31PJLbcW0
Fee: $4,500-7,500

The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet is one of the most exciting and dynamic ensembles of their generation. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. As stated by The Washington Post, “[m]astery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”

In the 2017-2018 season, the Attacca Quartet has toured extensively throughout the United States, Spain, South America and the Middle East. The group is presenting an ongoing series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan entitled “Based on Beethoven,” featuring performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets. The group currently serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music at Texas State University.

The Attacca Quartet’s most recent album release includes string quartet works of Michael Ippolito. These works were performed as part of the group’s residency at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, including three concerts of works by living composers. The group’s next recording project will feature the string quartet works of Caroline Shaw.

Community engagement activity options: the artists offer a range of community engagement activities. For more information, click here.

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A black and white image of four women dressed in black standing around a table reviewing sheet music that is scattered along the top. A violin lies in the foreground.

Credit: David Oldfield.

Nordic Affect (Reykjavík, Iceland)
Website: www.jensenartists.com/nordic-affect
Media: Clockworking MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_gzcvjS1c
Live at National Sawdust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlkaK6vylgE
Fee: $5,000 – $7,000

Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed as a ‘multi-disciplinary force of nature’ (A Closer Listen), and for its ‘ineffable synergy between the performers’ (San Francisco Classical Voice). Founded in 2005, Nordic Affect was formed by a group of period instrument musicians who were united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. In 2013 the ensemble was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014.

Believing that music knows no boundaries, Nordic Affect has brought its music-making to contemporary and rock audiences alike and performed to critical acclaim at festivals in Europe and the US. The commissioning and performance of new works is integral to Nordic Affect’s mission as it has, from the group’s inception, combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Since their debut album in 2007, Nordic Affect’s performances can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Bad Taste Records, Musmap, Brilliant Classics and Sono Luminus labels. In 2017, Nordic Affect was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival, and has also performed at National Sawdust in New York, Constellation in Chicago, and at the UC Berkeley Art Museum.

For more information on program offerings and community engagement activity options, click here.

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A group of four musicians are seated in red chrome legged chairs with their instruments in front of a pale pink background.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

PUBLIQuartet (NY)
Website: www.publiquartet.com
Media: Live at the Met Museum: https://vimeo.com/210883288
Sacta Femina: https://soundcloud.com/publiquartet/mind-the-gap-sancta-femina
Fee: $5,000

PUBLIQuartet (PQ) is an engaging string quartet whose creative, interactive programming is dedicated to presenting contemporary works, original compositions, and improvisations that expand the role of the traditional string quartet. Since the ensemble’s inception in 2010, they have actively developed programs that generate collaborative opportunities for composers; introduced young musicians to the performance of contemporary music, non-traditional score study, and study of extended techniques; and interacted with concert-goers through musical audience participation, talks, and panel discussions. Curating programs which critically engage with issues inside and outside the music world, PQ invites listeners to experience contemporary society through the lens of intimate concert music.

PQ was the 2016-17 Ensemble-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and performs in a wide variety of venues across the U.S. In 2016, PQ was selected by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform a 90-minute improvised “soundtrack” to the final Presidential Debate, streamed live on FaceBook to over one million viewers.

Community engagement activity options: PQ’s interactive approach to teaching improvisation provides students with the fundamental tools to overcome the fear of improvisation and the desire to continue to create their own music and experiment with an out-of-the-box approach to playing their instruments. The ensemble is committed to sharing their music with communities which may have limited access to high-quality performances. For more information on PQ’s educational programs, click here.

MUSIC: FOLK

Anna stands right in a black top and Elizabeth stands right in a raspberry topp. THey hold a wooden frame in front of them against light spilling in through a large window.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Anna & Elizabeth (NY)
Website: www.annaandelizabeth.com
Media: Mother in the Graveyard MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owl6pZc0zlI
Ripest of Apples MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIuePqMGflQ
Fee: $5,000 – $7,000

Their show is like no other. Through their immersive creative process and bold interpretations, Anna & Elizabeth’s visionary partnership pioneers new ways of presenting old songs and stories to modern audiences. Since 2011, with a deep and shared love of old Appalachian music, they stand at the vanguard of tradition and the avant-garde, transforming traditional music with innovative, modern arrangements. Their captivating performance integrates visual art, movement, and experimental film with breathtaking harmonies.

Most recently Anna & Elizabeth released their third full-length album, The Invisible Comes to Us; a continuing progression of their evolving sound.  Their current program features music from their most recent album and pieces pulled from their full repertoire.

The spartan simplicity of their voices and acoustic instruments will include percussion, synth, pump organ, woodwinds, field recordings, film projections, choreography, and crankies— illustrated, hand-cranked scrolls depicting songs and stories as they are performed.

Community engagement activity options: Anna & Elizabeth are very flexible and creative, and enjoy creating activities unique to local situations.  They offer educational / enrichment programs and workshops designed for a variety of ages, such as Appalachian ballad singing, harmony singing, old-time dance, and banjo and crankie making.

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Head and shoulder of Crys Matthews with a dark grey mottles background. Crys wears turquoise eyeglasses, a striped collared shirt, red suspenders, and a blue and red bow tie.

Credit: Jess Fasano.

Crys Matthews (VA)
Website: www.crysmatthews.com
Media: Live From Center Stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlmyZZ3DxI&feature=youtu.be&t=1s
TEDxHerndon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5Sb1dZq2gk
Fee: $2,000-$3,000

A prolific lyricist and composer, Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. In August 2017, Matthews simultaneously released both a new, full-length album, The Imagineers, and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting: The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life, while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (out of 5,000 entrants) in 2017’s NewSong Music and Performance Competition, and after performing at Lincoln Center, she was named grand-prize winner. The win earned her a spot at Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Cafe. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, as well as a coveted official showcase at Folk Alliance International back in February, 2018.

Community engagement activity options: Post-performance talkbacks and Q&As are welcome; workshops on social justice topics available (coming out, LGBTQ issues, race relations, intersectionality, criminal justice reform, black lives matter dialogue, opioid crisis, etc.), and music theory workshops on things like transposition available as well.

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A man stands left next to a woman, right. They both wear shades of white and cream and the image is shot from the chest up. The couple are posed against a cream textured backdrop.

Credit: Eric Kelley.

Lowland Hum (VA)
Website: www.lowlandhum.com
Media: Palm Lines MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfmZON5bstY
Odell MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2uHT_S7Axk
Fee: $2,500-$3,500

Lowland Hum is an art-folk band based in Charlottesville, Virginia, made up of husband/wife team Daniel and Lauren Goans. The band’s songs have been described as poetic and evocative, and their arrangements minimal, hushed and dynamic.

In early 2017 Lowland Hum released Thin, their third full-length studio album and took their new songs on the road for a nationwide headline album release tour; sharing the stage with Josh Ritter and Jesca Hoop along the way. In the fall of 2017, they released an EP of b-sides from the Thin sessions and, after supporting Penny & Sparrow on a national US tour, embarked on a six-week European tour. In November of 2017, they released Songs for Christmas Time, a collection of retooled Christmas classics, garnering high praise and top reviews from the Huffington Post, the LA Times, Paste Magazine, and others.

Lowland Hum’s fifth full length album, Glyphonic, is set to release in early 2019.

Community engagement activity options: Daniel and Lauren (Lowland Hum) truly enjoy and look forward to any audience engagement, workshops, etc.  As a part of their shows, the band regularly invites the audience to interact in Q&As, creates extemporaneous songs inspired by the space and audience members and hands out handmade lyric books for the audience to follow along if they so choose. Additionally, they would develop a program in consultation with the presenter, specific to that show, venue, and community.

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MUSIC: JAZZ

Bria Skonberg stands in left profile holding a trumpet up as if to plat. She is wearing a black leather jacket and white t shirt against a black background.

Credit: C. Palmgren.

Bria Skonberg (NY)
Website: www.briaskonberg.com
Media: Live at Paste Studios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlzklKYYWk8
Live at Joe’s Pub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG6NG6CK69w
Fee: $5,000 – $10,000

​New-York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of 25 for the Future by DownBeat Magazine, Bria Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new.

Bria signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records in 2016 and released her debut LP, Bria, which won a 2017 Canadian JUNO award and made the Top 5 on Billboard jazz charts. She collaborated again with producer Matt Pierson, as well as multi-Grammy winner Gil Goldstein, for her second Sony album, With A Twist, released May 2017. Bria is working on writing and recording new works that she expects to debut sometime in the 2019 – 2020 season.

Community engagement activity options: Bria is an avid educator and supporter of public school opportunities, giving numerous workshops and concerts for students of all ages. She can easily tailor her workshop to fit a specific curriculum whether it is on the history of the Harlem Jazz scene or dissecting Louis Armstrong’s entire body of work song by song. Bria has also conducted and hosted hands-on workshops with school ensembles.

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Camila Meza stands outside against a large horizontal yellow and rust metal pipe. She wears an orange dress. She partially obscures a large string instrument which is lying on a loading dock behind her against weathered metal doors.

Credit: Chris Drukker.

Camila Meza and The Nectar Orchestra (NY)
Website: www.camilameza.com
Media: The Nectar Orchestra EPK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hqTIiaOTtQ&feature=youtu.be
Sample recordings: https://soundcloud.com/camilameza/sets/camila-meza-sample/s-QrWNW
Fee: $6,000-$7,500

Camila Meza, equally prized as a vocalist, guitarist, and composer, has brought a sound full of warmth, intricacy and rhythmic clarity to the New York jazz scene ever since her arrival from Santiago, Chile in 2009. Debuting in 2007 with Skylark, Meza followed up in 2009 with Retrato, again in 2013 with Prisma and in 2016 with the ambitious Sunnyside release Traces, featuring Shai Maestro, Matt Penman and Kendrick Scott, among others. She won two Independent Music Awards for Best Adult Contemporary CD and Best Latin CD. Hailed by The New York Times as “a bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention,” Camila has also broken ground leading her ensemble The Nectar Orchestra, fusing her quartet with a local string quartet, whose CD, Ambar will be released in 2019. She also performs as a member of Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis and Fabian Almazan’s Rhizome, among other top jazz ensembles.

Community engagement activity options:

  • Pre-concert talkbacks – Q&A
  • Telling your story through songwriting; through the process of spontaneous creation we express our immigrant experiences through song
  • Masterclass on jazz guitar
  • “Creating in the moment” using voice and guitar: band interaction, improvisation
  • Songwriting
  • Latin music in jazz

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Six women stand against a bright blue wall. Only the last woman hols an instruments. They are all brightly dressed and smiling.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Ontario, Canada)
Website: www.janebunnett.com
Media: NPR Tiny Desk Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yxU-_md2hE
Café Pilon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHlccZ3YRMk
Fee: $3,500-$8,000

Jazz Flautist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett has won numerous Juno awards in her native Canada and has been nominated for 3 Grammys in the U.S.  In addition she has received an Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician who has built her reputation working with Cuban musicians for over 35 years, Jane’s ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking and demonstrates the universality of music.   In 2014, she founded Jane Bunnett and Maqueque to promote and extend performance opportunities to talented, young female musicians from Cuba. Since then, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have broken new territory in Cuban music and toured Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States numerous times. The group has built a strong following with audiences and critics alike.

Community engagement activity options: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque are well prepared for workshops and interactive presentations. Workshop/ presentations walk the audience through the rich history of Cuban music by demonstrating the various traditional forms such as Rumba, Changui, Cuban Son and Danzon. The group will cover some basic Afro-Cuban rhythms, allowing the audience to better understand the deep roots of Maqueque’s modern approach to Jazz. These workshops have been well received by students of music as well as the general public.

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MUSIC: PUERTO RICAN DIASPORA

Ani Cordero sits in a chair center with her elbows on the arms and forearms upraised. She is wearing a boldly colored and patterned dress against a red backdrop.

Credit: Bek Anderson.

Ani Cordero (NY)
Website: www.anicordero.info
Media: Corrupción MV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efcyyx7PX_I
Pan Pan MV: https://www.avokadoartists.org/ani-cordero-private (password: PanPan)
Fee: $4,000 – $6,000

Brooklyn-based, Puerto Rican singer/songwriter/activist/multi-instrumentalist Ani Cordero is a well-regarded artist in the music scene. Ani has toured with bands such as Os Mutantes and Pistolera, as well as her own bilingual art rock band, Cordero, for over a decade. In 2014, Ani released Recordar (“Remember”), an album that re-imagined songs by influential Latin American songwriters of the turbulent nueva cancion era, including Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, Chavela Vargas, and Atahualpa Yupanqui – and received numerous critical accolades.

Following the success of Recordar, Ani released Querido Mundo (“Dear World”) in 2017. The album is Ani’s love letter to a complicated world. The songs feature heavy percussion, sing-along choruses and strong lyrics that aim to inspire political resistance and support for social justice. NPR’s Alt-Latino called it “profound ruminations on love and the state of the world”. Ani will be releasing Pan Pan, the lead single of her untitled upcoming album, in the summer of 2018.

Community engagement activity options: the artist offers a range of community engagement activities. For more information, click here.

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Los Pleneros plays live. From left to right a man plays percussion while standing; a man plays the standing bass; a man sings; and a woman dances, her skirt twirling in a circle to obscure her face.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Los Pleneros de la 21 (NY)
Website: www.losplenerosdela21.org
Media: Somos Boricuas (live): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HANCoVDn7k
Live at Smithsonian Folklife Festival: https://vimeo.com/226648145
Fee: Variable based on performance configuration, from $4,900 (8 piece ensemble), to $7,000 (12 piece ensemble)

Founded in 1983 by NEA Heritage Fellow Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is an intergenerational ensemble of today’s venerated Latino musicians and top Bomba and Plena practitioners. The ensemble, based in the heart of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), is known for creating infectious sounds which combine the folkloric and raw percussion elements of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena genres with contemporary and urban styles, like Son, Salsa, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

In 2017, Los Pleneros de la 21 recorded their latest musical album, LIVE at Pregones—a   project which captured the next musical phase of the ensemble, while also tracing a historical trajectory of the group’s 35+ year-long musical journey. The album, to be released by Truth Revolution Records in the fall of 2018, sets the tone for LP21’s touring endeavors in the 2019-2020 season.

Community engagement activity options: As an institution founded upon the traditional and cultural expressions of Puerto Rican identity and folklore, LP21 has combined its touring and performance initiatives in unique compliment with an expansive roster of community and educational programs, offered year round. For more information, click here.

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Two women frame a man center. All three are visiable from the chest up and wear black clothing against a black background. Their faces are brightly lit.

Credit: Chris Smigh.

Miramar (VA)
Website: www.miramar-music.com
Media: NPR Tiny Desk Concert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Nr7mq74gD0
Studio recording collection: https://soundcloud.com/miramarboleros
Fee: $2,000 – $6,000

Pianist/composer Marlysse Simmons and singer/composer Rei Alvarez have collaborated since 2002 as writers and performers for the internationally acclaimed salsa band Bio Ritmo. Alvarez, a native of Puerto Rico, and Simmons, a first generation Chilean, realized they shared a special love for boleros – a slow to medium ballad and dance style shared by all Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. Thus in 2009 they started the bolero project Miramar with vocalist Laura Ann Singh to bring this nostalgic century-old genre to a new listening audience. Miramar’s debut album, Dedication to Sylvia Rexach, was released in 2016 on Barbes Records.  The album included three original songs and seven compositions by the great Puerto Rican composer and original female bohemian Sylvia Rexach.

A new 45rpm vinyl record is slated for release on Daptone Records in Spring 2019.  Past performance highlights include globalFest 15th anniversary event, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors, NPR’s Tiny Desk, and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago. Miramar also have been invited to perform in France at the Lyon Opera House and at Puerto Rico’s Cultural Institute.

Community engagement activity options: Lectures or talkbacks on life and works of Sylvia Rexach, as well as other Puerto Rican composers and musical styles, are available.  Discussions on the broader overview of Latin American music and the role of the bolero across the continent are also available.  Discussions can be given in English and/or Spanish.

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THEATER

A man stands right in a partially crouched position. He poits to the right back wall. On the right back wall, his shadow makes the same gesture. The stage backdrops shows a large painted window like you might find in a child's room.

Shadow Play. Credit: Buatti Ramos Photography.

Trusty Sidekick | Shadow Play (NY)
Website: www.trustysidekick.org
Media: https://vimeo.com/227472322
Fee: $5,000 per day

Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows are more mischievous than others. Soon after moving into his new home, Flash discovers that his shadow has moving plans of his own. Follow Flash on a quest to bring his shadow home in this playful production that utilizes stunning animation, video production and an original score to create a highly sensory, multi-media experience.  Created specifically for the developmental stages of the 2-5 year old audience, the show encourages interaction between audience and performer, working together throughout the narrative.

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (TSTC) puts young people at the center of the artistic experience and process: their namesake comes from empowering the audience as the hero of the story, with the artists as their “Trusty Sidekicks.”  This piece was developed in partnership with preschool classes, where young people were enlisted as dramaturgs of the work. Their reactions and feedback inspired the ongoing rehearsal process. The result is an innovative production that transcends traditional theater making and challenges preconceived notions of what theater is and what it can be.

Sensory friendly performances available

Community engagement activity options: Customized workshops are available upon request.  Shadow Play explores themes of friendship, difference and forgiveness.  TSTC feel it is important, timely, and vital for our company to share these themes with audiences across the country and internationally.

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Paige Hernandez jumps onstage clicking her heels together to the right. She wears sneakers, black pants, and a white shirt. To the left behind page, a man stands at a tall table. The set resembles a school play yard.

Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Paige Hernandez (DC)
Website: bflyentertainment.com
Media: Havana Hop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukFbV2gSqOg
Paige in Full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXY9kuUDsbo
Fee: $5,000 per day

Paige is a multifaceted artist who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance, and education.  With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has written and performed several original works. To date, she tours her children’s show Havana Hop (grades pre-k-3rd) and her solo show, Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape (Grades 5-college) throughout the country. Paige’s touring projects can be viewed on the repertory tab at: https://shawentertainment.com/paige-hernandez/

As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler Award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEAM initiatives.

As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including “Props for Hip Hop” at Arena Stage and “Keep it Moving” at Wolf Trap.  Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.

Sensory friendly performances available

Community engagement activity options: the artists offer a range of community engagement activities. For more information, click here.

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A stylized ship hold three cast members as they sail toward the audience.

Cerita Anak. Credit: Courtesy of the artists.

Polyglot Theatre (Australia) and Papermoon Puppet Theatre (Indonesia) | Cerita Anak (Child’s Story)
Website: www.polyglot.org.au | www.papermoonpuppet.com
Media: Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWu-vlXyK5M
Production photos: https://tinyurl.com/CeritaAnakPhotos
Fee: $25k+ housing/week, in a minimum 3-wk routed tour, this fee assumes AUS Ccl covers cost of 5 RT int’l airfares, housing = 5 rooms, all nights

Cerita Anak (Child’s Story) takes children (ages 3-7) and their adults on a sea journey never to be forgotten. Climb aboard and be rocked and rolled across a strange ocean, dive to the bottom of the sea, hear stories on the wind, and in the currents of the water. An interactive theater work for 20 children and 20 adults (in the boat), Cerita Anak draws its inspiration from the seafaring history in Java and the true tale of arrival told by a small boy. Combining puppetry, song, shadow imagery, and sound, the one-hour performance bustles with all the life of the ocean. Suitable for black boxes, or with audience and show positioned on a large stage, additional capacity is possible with seats on risers outside of the performance area.

An international collaboration between Polyglot Theatre and Papermoon Puppet Theatre, Cerita Anak’s creative team worked with local children from a fishing village north of Java to conceive and create this exquisite encounter.

Community engagement activity options: Polyglot offers a lecture presentation about the company’s unique child-led approach to participatory performance for children. The presentation includes background to the collaboration between Polyglot Theatre and Indonesia’s Papermoon Puppet Theatre and the process of creating Cerita Anak (Child’s Story). Duration: 1 hour.

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