2013 Luminaria Participating Artist Bios Media Aztec Gold Victor Payan and Pocha Peña are award-winning filmmakers and media artists whose work has been featured on international television and museums and cultural centers. Their approach uses humor, technology and interactive audience experiences to inspire participation and whimsy. "Eye Te Watcho" will create eight "Video Nickelodeons" consisting of scenes from San Antonio history as well as internal video cameras that project the eyes of people looking into the boxes onto a large wall. Bianca Pitman A graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio who earned a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art with a focus in Black and White Darkroom Photography, Pitman is a professional photographer and artist living and working in San Antonio, Texas. She states she is, “driven to create art about personal life “events” that are typically kept private, which allows both me and my viewers a chance to find a healing connection.” Erik Bosse & S.T. Shimi A member of the Jump-Start Performance Co., ST Shimi has created and performed several original solo shows about topics like irreligion, South Asian feminism & mythology, torture and detention and the downside of the tourist economy. As a "glam"tertainer, she has bellydanced, hula hooped, aerial danced and eaten fire as a soloist and as a troupe member at various venues locally, nationally and internationally.Erik Bosse provides original video designs for several central Texas theater and dance companies. In 2011 and 2012, Erik created half a dozen large scale multi-channel site-specific video installations and live cinema presentations. His series of short stories (collectively titled Tales of Lost Southtown) are currently being developed for the stage with a live cinema component, and will be produced in 2014. Hahn/Kimura Meteo-Hahn is a new work in collaboration with data visualization specialist Bruce Hahn (Texas), and musician Mari Kimura (New York). Together they present an interactive audio/visual work using weather patterns and data. The photographic imagery is accompanied by the ferocious and frenzied soaring of her violin. Hladeka (Joseph Hladek) As an experimental filmmaker, Joseph Hladek’s vision is creating a visual narrative experience breaking the rules of convention enabling personal exploration of a visual story beyond the confines of the picture plane for an observing audience. “Agenda Divide Complete” is a multi video installation to be projected on the raw exterior surface of a building incorporating the structure's architecture aesthetic into the visual composition. Ruth Leonela Buentello & Joseph Todd Lopez A mixed media illumination installation that is based on visual biographies and identities of San Antonio families which also invites the audience to contribute feedback Ruth Leonela Buentello has experience in painting, mixed media, and public art. She received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Joseph Todd Lopez is a professional videographer and photographer. He has a B.S, M.A., and a PhD. from the University of Texas in Austin in Radio, Television, and Film. Lopez currently runs the Convergent Media Program at University of Incarnate Word. Sarah & Victor Pagona A professional artist and teacher for over 10 years Sarah Pagona partners with Victor Pagona, an artist with over 25 years experience and chair of the Photography Department at the Southwest School of Art. They create a photo based house structure that slowly reveals a child drawing and writing - showcasing free association in child play and the beauty of simple symbolism. Seme Jatib Proyectos en Movimiento In 2006, Seme Jatib founded the dance group Proyectos en Movimiento. She is a contemporary dancer, choreographer and media artist who has been working professionally for 10 years. Jatib’s work developed in close collaboration with other artistic disciplines, such as film, media arts and music, allowing a new approach to movement expression and the art of choreographing. She says, “I work both alternative and traditional performance space because I feel the need to connect with the audience not only in a public performing space, but also in the privacy of their own personal space using the Internet.” Literary Andrea Sanderson Andrea Sanderson (aka Vocab) is a hip-hop, spoken word artist who performs to music, writes her own music, and uses her words to express loss, love, and lore with commentary on gender, race, and social change as it is in San Antonio, the USA, the world today. Gemini Ink/Children’s Reading Circle An event for parents and children of dramatic, dynamic, regional, and magical storytelling by Xavier Garza, author of Lucho Libre and other works, and Sarah Loden, storyteller extraordinaire who plyes her trade generally at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA). Gemini Ink/Libro Libre Gemini Ink, San Antonio's multi-purpose literary arts center since 1997, has hosted Libro Libre at Luminaria since the first year of the festival. This year, once again, we have a vintage truck and books galore to give away to all readers and future writers of all ages across San Antonio, to anyone who attends our very own festival of lights. Jazz Poets of San Antonio Eduardo Garza has been presenting the jazz poetry combination of words and sounds since 1977. Jazz Poets has appeared J in Austin, Corpus Christi, Phoenix, AZ, Albuquerque, N.M. and San Antonio, TX. Although it has had other names, such as Teatro Poecia, Jazz Poet Society, and others, The Jazz Poets of San Antonio continue to provide a stage for poets/musicians/artists to express themselves through poetry and music. They meet every Tuesday at San Antonio's Espresso Gallery to practice their art. Viktoria Valenzuela Writer living in San Antonio, editor of the Arts United Magazine, Viktoria has created this dramatic poetry reading based on images and oral histories to celebrate the musical life of her grandfather, part of the west-side of San Antonio's heritage of Orquesta. Visual Art Cars of Houston Art Cars of Houston, creator of GlowOrama, was founded by Art Car Artists to advance the Art Car craft, advocate, and encourage new works and opportunities. These are the most advanced Art Cars - fusing technology and art, often featuring kinetic parts, exotic lighting and even pyrotechnics. Austin Bike Zoo The Austin Bike Zoo’s Human Powered Puppetry is dedicated to inspiring communities through the creation of unique human powered vehicles, bicycle-based theatrical performances and educational programs for youth. Our work was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theater of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works which engage our community. Carol Salmanson Carol Salmanson is a Brooklyn-based artist working with light and reflective materials. She uses optics along with a variety of lighting technologies and reflective materials to create large installations and unique objects with light as both medium and subject. Salmanson says that her art “explores the energy embedded in subconscious perceptions and calculations, the things you see and know without realizing it.” Cathy Cunningham-Little A sculptor, Cathy Cunningham-Little uses glass, light, shadow, reflections, and color interactions, along with sound elements, to explore perceptual phenomena. Her exploration of ideas revolves around perception, utilizing color and light to provide sensory information. Since 1983 Cathy has run a business in San Antonio called Cunningham Glass Studios, LLC, specializing in client commissions for Stained Glass, Neon, Etched Glass and other glass related products. She has completed several public art projects in Texas and teaches workshops at Southwest School of Art. Charles Harrison Pompa San Antonio artist Charles Harrison Pompa studied art in both Mexico and the United States. Pompa’s art work is inspired by mistakes, ideas, and risk taking and believes painting is a universal language just like mathematics. His new massive sculptures take pleasure in geometric shapes, painted surface and luminescence. Chris Sauter A working artist since 1995, Chris Sauter holds a BA from the University of the Incarnate Word and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work explores the links between biology and culture, the present and the past, the personal and the universal. In the process, popular dichotomies are recognized and then collapsed into multifaceted wholes. “My principal strategies are, the transformation of common objects into other recognizable objects, extreme scale shifts, and the juxtaposition of disparate materials and images. The work draws from varied sources such as architecture, history, science, agriculture and rodeo” says Sauter. Daniel Armstrong A ceramicist who prefers to jump between numerous mediums: painting, mixed media, taxidermy, concrete and clay, Daniel Armstrong, likes to make things that are fun, functional and fantastic. Armstrong’s new sculpture series of iconic San Antonio buildings are transformed into luminarias for one night along the famed riverwalk. David Rangel San Antonio artist shows new photographs taken at night in ambient light. Diana Martinez With a degree in Interior Design from the University of the Incarnate Word, artist Diana Martinez creates art that allows her to experiment with different materials and techniques. She hopes that viewers “will be enticed and will see how everyday utilitarian objects can be transfigured into something extraordinary and will hopefully walk away with a positive impression.” Doerte Weber Having returned to weaving after a long absence, Weber finds herself inspired by Bauhaus Weavers. They were forced into weaving and having taught themselves how to weave, created from it beautiful and unique works of art. Weber says, “Most of the materials I normally use are hand dyed or hand spun. This yields an individuality to a medium traditionally bound by uniformity.” James Hetherington A self taught artist whose belief that recovering objects reinforces sustainability, Hetherington approaches his work through researching the environment, then reclaiming and transforming materials. “These sculptures provide evidence of my conviction that it is possible to create a spiritual balance between infrastructure and nature,” notes Hetherington. James Supa Medrano James Supa Medrano is a Texas based multi-media artist whose work questions subjects pertaining to religion and violence. His paintings use negative white space and colorful geometric designs that makes it current and contemporary. Jonathan Sims San Antonio painter Jonathan Sims creates compelling compositions that turn on subtle geometric manipulations of form. “This, my first large-scale sculpture, with integrate my recent explorations of invented language and the enigmatic with twenty-first century lighting technology. My work will combine the simplest three-dimensional object, a pyramid, with the glowing beauty of electroluminescent wire,” notes Sims. Jose del Rio Mexican photographer who delights in the play of traditional black and white photography exhibits a new series. Judith Cottrell & Kim Bishop Co-founder of Art To The Third Power and 3rd Space Art Gallery, artist Kim Bishop creates installations with paint, color, light, and objects that allow the viewer to experience rather than just observe the work. In each of my solo exhibitions my intent has been to create a visual narrative in which the viewers own experiences are combined with visual aesthetics to provoke a behavioral reaction, impress new experiential memories and spark existing memories Born in Arizona, visual artist Judith Cottrell earned a BFA from the University of Houston and an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she currently resides. She works in drawing, sculpture, installation and performance art. In this collaboration, Cottrell and create a visual experience with the physical and visual light aesthetics of all different types and sizes of lamps. These lamps have been contributed by the community and represent many personalities. Kate Temple Kate Temple is a painter, printmaker and installation artist born in France, raised in the countryside of southern New Hampshire and living in New York city. She received her BFA in printmaking from Carnegie Mellon and went on to complete a four-year training in color, based on the work of Goethe and Liane Collot d’Herbois. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in many galleries and museums including in New York, Pennsylvania, Italy, and Turkey. This site specific installation in the frame of a historic adobe house uses materials indigenous to San Antonio and the glow of one word. Flashlights will also be available as a tool of hope, discovery and illumination. Katy Silva An art student at Trinity University majoring in studio art and minoring in art history, painter Katy Silva incorporates three-dimensional elements into her work that interacts with the viewer and their spatial perception. “I seek to achieve an arresting pattern in my work that suppresses time and begs you to take a moment to map out the composition of silhouettes rendered,” states Silva. Kia Neill Kia Neill is a mixed-media artist working in installation art, sculpture, drawing & painting, and digital photography. Neill says, “Through my work I explore a sense of fantasy, sanctuary, research and spirituality within nature. I am interested in a cultural understanding of nature, how we compose nature to serve our purposes and how in turn this effects our perception of and relationship to nature.” Lullwood Group The Lullwood Group is a San Antonio-based artist collective that seeks to encourage audience participation, foster exploration and promote art discovery in many forms. Members (as of January 2013) are Angel Axioma Alcala, Emily Baker, Chris Castillo, Esteban Delgado, Joseph Duarte, Joe Harjo, Julie Ledet, Clay McClure, Willie Sanchez, Connie Swann and Josh Williams. Mark Menjivar Mark is a San Antonio artist and photographer who will install his ongoing project, “The Luck Archive.” The Luck Archive is a collection of anecdotes, antidotes and artifacts that use luck as a starting point to explore belief, tradition, superstition and culture in diverse ways. Melissa Potter & Paul Cantanese Expressed through a wide range of media including ethnographic video, animation, handmade paper, drawing, sculpture and painting, this work is an ongoing dialog about the organization of society through gender codes, rituals, and discrimination. Paul Catanese is a hybrid media artist, Associate Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia College Chicago and the President of the New Media Caucus, a College Art Association Affiliate Society. Meow Wolf Meow Wolf was created in February of 2008 by a group of 30 artists hoping to supply Santa Fe, New Mexico with an alternative arts and music venue. Since its conception, Meow Wolf has produced 11 large-scale, multi-media, fully-immersive art installations, a few group shows, a theater performance, an annual public performance event, and three award-winning short films. Michelle Graves A text-based interdisciplinary artist, Michelle Graves combines personal life experiences with scientific and philosophical research, namely anatomy, neuroscience, phenomenology and existentialism, as well as hints of quantum physics. She practices writing stream-of- consciousness as non-linear, color-specific, textual drawings or large murals, to discover intersecting points of factual science and contemplative philosophy through the frame of her voice. S.O. O’Brien Brooklyn artist O’Brien presents Sonic Pendulums, a series of interactive installations that solicit visitors in intimate interactions through the use of micro-controllers and kinetic sculpture. The public will be invited to engage with sensors that record and translate their vital signs into movement and sound. San Anto Cultural Arts The mission of San Anto Cultural Arts is to foster human and community development through community-based arts. This is achieved by serving the community with programs such as El Placazo Community Newspaper, the Mentor Program, and the Community Mural/Public Art Program. For Luminaria they have developed an onsite T-shirt factory that utilizes wood-block printing with designs created by favorite local artists. Over 1,000 hand-printed T-shirts will be created during the event. Southwest School of Art River barges were a common 19th century mode of transportation, and it is during the late 19 th century that experimentation with still photography lead to the creation of new art genre -- moving pictures. The Southwest School of Art’s Luminaria project takes a look back at this period, showcasing historical moving pictures projected on a moving river barge that will travel along the San Antonio River Walk. The Southwest School of Art is a leading independent art school located in downtown San Antonio, Texas. Stacy Berlfein Stacy Berfein is a local artist who specializes in drawing. She received her BFA from the University of Texas in Austin and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio Whoop Dee Doo Whoop Dee Doo is a non-profit faux public access television show that is based in Kansas City, MO that is lead by approximately twenty Kansas City-based artists and volunteers. Whoop Dee Doo hosts live, free shows and workshops with the community and under-served youth programs. Whoop Dee Doo aims to engage the most drastically diverse audiences and collaborate with a wild range of performers from science teachers and Celtic bagpipers to clogging troupes, drill teams, punk bands and drag queens – all in the attendance of wide-eyed children. The presence of this chaotic mix is an awkward, yet endearing experience, embracing a huge range of tastes and sensibilities, and stripping away divisions between high and low art. Dance A’lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble Led by Olivia Chacon, who has performed flamenco professionally for over 10 years, both in Texas and internationally, A’lante Flamenco Dance Ensemble performs two complete productions: "Sonidos Negros," a suite of six dances that embrace tradition while tweaking the typical image of flamenco, and "The Red Shoes: A Flamenco Fairytale," is an innovative new flamenco interpretation of the deliciously dark fable by Hans Christian Andersen, including live music and a video projection. ARTheism ARTheism performs a new movement language by combining hand-controlled animation projected over modern dance. Sam Beasley is lead dancer, choreographer and co-creator of ARTheism. With over 17 years of dance experience, she studied tap at the French American School in Portland, OR. Topher Sipes is lead visualist, creative director and co-creator of ARTheism. With over 25 years of drawing experience, he’s studied with animators and entertainment designers, has a BFA in Communication Design. Capacitor Capacitor Performance synthesizes the human body with abstract structures and interactive media to create science-inspired shows that deepen audience connection with the natural world. Capacitor encourages contact with scientific concepts in ways that allow audiences of all ages to see patterns and relationships inherent in nature and the cosmos. Capacitor will be presenting Okeanos, a multidisciplinary portrait of the ocean as body, environment, resource, metaphor, and force. It is a performance to inspire and educate audiences about the ocean and connect them deeply to ocean conservation. Capoeira Luanda Born out of a collaboration between the Carver Community Cultural Center and Capoeira Master/Choreographer Jelon Vieira, Ile Bahia de San Antonio was created in 1993 to sponsor educational programs and fine art events dedicated to the promotion, appreciation and advancement of African-Brazilian culture, with a heavy emphasis on local at-risk youth. Capoeira is Brazil’s fast and graceful Afro-Brazilian art form, which blends dance, martial arts, and acrobatics into one beautiful art like no other. Kalalaya Indian Performing Arts San Antonio's first Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music School will present a contemporary Bharatnatyam piece exploring the rhythmic sequences of Indian classical dance which everyone can enjoy. SpareWorks.dance with Laura DiPasquale & Kelly Ramos "Velocity Wrapped" is a collaboration between three artists, a contemporary dance choreographer and two aerial dancers. Laura DiPasquale has been an aerialist for over three years. Kelly Ramos is a choreographer and performer specializing in aerial fabric who freelances her aerial works for local and private events in San Antonio. Amber Ortega-Perez is a contemporary choreographer and is the director of SpareWorks.dance, a local modern dance company. Also performing are Jenny Franckowiak, Tara Smartnick, and Josh Grohman. San Antonio Dance Fringe San Antonio Dance Fringe is a collaboration of dancers from different backgrounds with the common goal to just dance. Their style is mainly contemporary jazz but they embrace several other genres as well. They have performed countless times at Jump-Start's WIP, WIP creme, and Performance Party, as well as at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Shay Ishii Led by choreographer and artistic director Shay Ishii, the Shay Ishii Dance Company will collaborate with Merge Dance Company and Texas State University Choral Ensemble to create a new work that will experiment with various manifestations of light that the dancers can manipulate and embody. The new work includes three sections of modern choreography accompanied by live choral music. Theatre & Performance Anna De Luna Anna De Luna, a native San Antonian, received her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. She has toured the United States with the National Theater of the Performing Arts and also acted/directed for the American Theater Company in Brussels, Belgium. Anna has performed throughout San Antonio with many organizations including the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Jump Start Performance Co, Majik Theater, Attic Rep, Northwest Vista College, SAC, UTSA and the 24th St. Experiment at Our Lady of the Lake University. Ashram 5 Monks A mix of young, raw energy and the seasoned wisdom of decades of experiences, Ashram 5 Monks is a multidisciplinary, international group of artists that collides in med-mobs or public performances of meditative, nature-based sound vibrations and mantras. Jesse Borrego & Oscar Alvarado Created by Oscar Alvarado in 2010, the ArtCart features artists in unexpected places throughout San Antonio. There have been visual artists, performance artists, students and musicians in the ArtCart performing in this personal portable studio and gallery. For Luminaira, the ArtCart is transformed into a stationary multi tiered performance platform. It will feature actor Jesse Borrego performing and interacting with attendees in several short musical, dancing and speaking bits throughout the night. Matari Productions Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Escobar, Matari Productions will present a new play, Lux Bellum, written by Escobar and based on exercises created by the actors. Eduardo Escobar has worked as an artistic director, playwright, and actor since 1994, and has participated in many artistic projects in Mexico, Australia and the USA. Proxy Theatre Company Proxy Theatre Company is a San Antonio based organization founded in April of 2011 by a group of Trinity University graduates. The young artists were eager to continue their creative journey by producing electrifying theatre for the local community. The Proxy Theatre Company is dedicated to creating a space where we can experience and evaluate the danger, ardor, and play of life. They are committed to telling the human story through striking theatre that excites, enriches, and captivates the imagination of the San Antonio community. Rick Stemm With a degree in film from the UW Madison, Rick Stemm is a writer, designer, and fight choreographer, specializing in interactive theater and video games. He creates comedy, adventure, action, and spectacle rooted in smart writing with strong storytelling and characters. Sasha Zeilig and Ordinary Spaces Sasha Zeilig is a generative artist who has professionally acted (stage and camera), directed, produced, written, adapted, and founded performance organizations in the USA and Europe. She has taught theatre to children, teens, and adults. Zeilig is an activist, feminist, director, actor, teacher, traveler, poi-spinner, and hula hoop dancer. She hopes to inspire a new era of theatre where audiences are no longer asked to sit and watch the performance, but are included in the experience by participating. The Aesthetic of Waste The Aesthetic of Waste is a theatrical collective of performers, visual artists, writers and directors operating at the Overtime Theater. Their current production of We Stole This features 30 original shows in an hour, borrowing a format used by the NeoFuturists of Chicago and New York. The performers of the AoW draw inspiration from a wide range of sources, including the Futurists, the Dadaists and their descendants. Music Ashlee Rose A Texas Native with roots in music, Ashlee Rose wrote her first song at age twelve and made her first album at age fifteen while going to school at the North East School of the Arts in San Antonio, TX. After graduating, Ashlee worked at Sea World of San Antonio and also on Holland America Line Cruise Ships. Blacktop Legends A hip hop duo, Blacktop Legends has evolved their sound and included an intellectual point of view. Both performers are college graduates and are striving to promote a positive message within the hip hop community. Bleep Attack! Val Yayumi Tapia is a vocalist, creator, keyboardist/synthesist and songwriter. Vince Reyna is a guitarist, videographer and programmer. Together they form San Antonio electropop band, Bleep Attack!, whose live performances consist of a video projection set in conjunction with performance art, theatrics, music, and lights. BOMBASTA Melding various influences- including reggae, cumbia, hip hop, rock, Latino funk -San Antonio’s “Barrio Big Band” Bombasta, is a ten piece ensemble, brandishes a full horn section, along with samples, electronics, guitars, keyboards, lots of percussion and one of the tightest rhythm sections around. They turn any gathering into a movement. CHISME Musicians/artists, R.e.L. and Progeny came together in 2011 to form CHISME, a hip-hop duo more concerned with music than with rapping. They make use of Imaginative wordplay and incredible production to deliver an energetic performance. Dixon’s Violin Returning to Luminaria for a second year, Dixon’s Violin showcases classically-trained violin mastery, improvised on a 5-string electric violin through digital foot-pedal effects and a looper to create an all-live one-man symphony of other-worldly sound! The world's premier digital violinist, Dixon's Violin bares his soul through his unique instrument in a mesmerizing one-man show unlike anything you've experienced. Greg G Prepared to be inspired through musical fusion of hip hop and R&B combined with jazz, cumbia, and contemporary rock- all mixed with a message of hope. Greg G and his musical fusion of instrumentalists from all different backgrounds tell their life stories through song. Collaborator, visual artist Brandon Faucett, brings the music to life with his innovative video and light technology. The Invincible Czars The Invincible Czars are one of Austin's most adventurous rock bands. In addition to creating and performing original music with an enormous breadth of influences and styles, the band also performs their own modernized and ‘Austinized’ arrangements of works by classical composers. Jacinto Guevara, leader of “Jacinto y Ray y Joaquín” “Jacinto y Ray y Joaquín” is a band whose members include Jacinto Guevara, Ray Symczyk, Joaquín Abrego, and Carlos De La Garza. The band produces a sound that is an accumulation of music in various genres: Tex Mex song and instrumental traditions; 1920’s “jazz” pop music, Cajun/Zydeco songs, Chinese folk/pop songs, and Japanese Enka. Joel Laviolette and Rattletree Marimba Rattletree has been performing in Texas and around the nation for the last 13 years. They play high-energy Zimbabwean influenced dance music that merges dubstep, glitch, and downtempo electronica on giant hand-built marimbas (wooden xylophones). Jai Roots and the Herb-N-Café Jai Roots and the Herb-N-Café has a positive lyrical message to reach the audience via the captivating fusion of raggae, traditional drums, and Latin funk. Certain parts are chill, allowing you to feel relaxed. Others parts will call you to the dance floor. Jai Roots, the lead vocalist, has performed worldwide with Mono Blanco, a master group from Mexico. Other members of the group hail from Spain, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, and Venezuela allowing for a fusion of sounds and styles. Los #3 Dinners The Godfathers of local garage rock, Los #3 Dinners present their unique San Antonio sound. Los Inocentes Los Inocentes are dedicated to performing the roots music and acoustic music traditions of their Latin cultural heritage. "LUNADA IN SAN ANTONIO" Lunada is a traditional gathering of friends and relatives around a campfire under the moonlight. Time goes by playing the guitar and singing in the moonlighted night, making a pause here and there to tell interesting stories and anecdotes. Los Inocentes will present their own Lunada in San Antonio to re-create this folkloric-artistic performance. Los Nahuatlatos Formed of the sacred tierra on both sides of the South Texas/Mexico border, Los Nahuatlatos are composed of musicians with traditional, yet modern sensibilities. While some band members are trained in classical folkloric music and dance, others are self-taught and immersed in contemporary expressionism. As individuals with distinct musical backgrounds, they’ve come together to create a sound reflective of fronterísmo— music that reflects both the conflict and harmony of the “ni de aquì, nì de alla” experience. Thriving on the contradictions of the borderlands, los Nahuatlatos are at once rural and urban, rascuache and urbane. Los Padrinos Los Padrinos creates Tex-Mex conjunto music from San Antonio and South Texas, with an educational component to teach neophytes about this native music. They explain the history of Texas from the original Tejano settlers to the coming of the Germans who brought the diatonic button accordion. They showcase the melding of two cultures that made Conjunto music a unique blend of Mexican and German music born in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Melissa Ludwig Band When Melissa Ludwig found her musical soul mate in Mitch Connell, the couple wasted no time giving flight to a host of songs bottled up inside a nine-to-five existence. Originally called Raleigh Maroon, the duo started playing acoustic gigs in San Antonio coffee shops in 2008, polishing songs Ludwig had penned over the years and writing new ones together. Drummer AJ Navarro and bassist Douglas Turley joined the band in 2010. Ludwig’s songs feel at home across genres, from radio-friendly pop to alternative country without the twang. Michael Garfield Musician Michael Garfield improvises instrumental live electronic music using the acoustic guitar and voice as the sole sound sources – routing them through an intricate hardware effects array- to create lush, textural, driving, and melodic music that you wouldn't know was made up on the spot. Music ranges in flavor from folk to rock to jazz, foreground anthems to background ambience. He uses all four limbs, playing guitar with his hands while turning knobs and pressing buttons with his toes. Pop Pistol Pop Pistol is a three-piece modern rock band, featuring Alex Scheel, Jorge Gonzalez, and George Garza that incorporates layers of electronic music into their rock compositions. Pop Pistol communicates a spacey, yet technically precise, aethetic in their live performances. Saakred Saakred is an electronic project that uses heavy rhythms and programmed beat manipulation in a non-traditional format. Saakred produces a multi-layered wall of sound incorporating sounds from the natural world (such as radio waves from planets and pulsars, whale vocalizations, native birds and insects) and everyday environments (such as kids playing in the streets and neighborhood ice cream trucks). Saakred also puts images to the sonar experience. The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio The Children’s Chorus of San Antonio is comprised of over 200 talented and dedicated young musicians from San Antonio and surrounding communities. Founded in 1983 by Marguerite McCormick, CCSA’s mission is to bring the highest quality choral music education and performance opportunities to children throughout the metropolitan area. In addition to presenting its own concert series, CCSA regularly sings with the San Antonio Symphony and Mastersingers. The Hares From the depths of the Harvey House on the southside of San Antonio, TX, the Hares fromed in late 2011, writing original tunes and drunkenly slaughtering standards and obscure songs from all walks of life. The Hares play everything from old school rock n roll, to r&b, to rockabilly, to blues and soul. If it's got a pulse, the Hares do their damndest to make it rock, swing, or groove. The San Antonio Choral Society Comprised of approximately 80 voices, The San Antonio Choral Society is an auditioned community chorus with members who share a love for choral singing. Singers range from high school students to senior citizens and come together from numerous walks of life. The choir performs standard choral repertoire and major works with orchestral ensembles. It also champions innovative new works. The Choral Society is under the musical leadership of artistic director Jennifer L. Seighman, assistant conductor Charles M. Flores, Jr. and accompanist Dr. N. Seth Nelson. Urban 15 Group Formed in 1974, URBAN-15 is a multi-disciplined performance ensemble of community artists. URBAN-15 is known for its innovative costumes, sculptural sets and technology designs and the ensemble has been an important part of San Antonio’s and Texas’ artistic celebrations in parades, concert appearances, arts education programs, sports, and festivals. With a commitment to performance and education, URBAN-15 has pursued a strategy to provide lifelong access to arts participation. It has created method that allows people at every age to be a part of an ensemble artistic experience. Viet Ruse Viet-Ruse is a latin/reggae infused punk rock band from the southside of San Antonio, Texas. Viet-Ruse believes is imperative that we, as individuals, be aware of the world around us. They draw inspiration from these observations and they hope to shed light on world and local issues. They also hope to help people gain perspective on their own lives. Youth Orchestra of San Antonio YOSA (Youth Orchestra of San Antonio), comprised of the very best student musicians in the San Antonio region, performs a professional-level repertoire in premier venues at home and abroad. They collaborate regularly with internationally renowned soloists and composers.
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