MBAW invites children and their families to attend this outdoor event with short performance vignettes and interactive activities representing different international cultures! Artist performances will include Spanish flamenco, American jazz, Mexican mariachi, Indian dance, and European renaissance.
We are proud to partner with the Main Plaza Conservancy for this exciting event!
Check out the full 8th Annual International Music Festival event schedule at: mbaw.org/imf
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
“The Austin Troubadours are an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe.” It was founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award-winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic. Seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. A high-energy, non-conventional show sets the stage in this historically informed performance. Performers include members of The Austin Symphony and University of Texas Faculty, funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Commission. Austin Troubadours is pleased to announce that they have been approved for inclusion on the new Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Texas Touring Roster.
Mariachi Los Galleros de San Antonio is authentic, excellent and unrivaled Mariachi entertainment. Founded in the cultural mecca that is the Alamo city, Mariachi Los Galleros was forged through respect for tradition and pride in their musical heritage. The group’s founding members are manager Ismael Alatorre and Texas State School of Music lecturer, Miguel Guzman. The select musicians that comprise Mariachi Los Galleros, affirm more than 30 years of experience as studio, television and live musicians, entertaining audiences throughout Texas, the US, Mexico and abroad.
Among Los Galleros’ most distinguished collaborations is accompanying internationally renowned tenor Placido Domingo. Also notable is Los Galleros’ performance in New York City’s Jazz at the Lincoln Center. In 2007, Mariachi Los Galleros released their self-titled and independently produced CD. Forthcoming is their highly anticipated 2nd CD, “La Flor Que Mas Quiero” in late 2018. Both works display the driven rhythms of their armonia, resonant trumpets, reverberant violins and impassioned vocals that make up their genuine, authentic sound. Under the musical direction of Miguel Guzman, Los Galleros credit influences such as 3rd Generation Mariachi Vargas, Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Rigoberto Alfaro and Los Hermanos Calderon.
Withal their world-class experience, at their core Mariachi Los Galleros is musica del pueblo, bringing deep-rooted traditional music to life’s most commemorated milestones. Authenticity, excellence and unrivaled Mariachi entertainment – Mariachi Los Galleros de San Antonio.
An Austin, Texas World Music award winner, a nominee of the 2008 US Artist Award and the 2014 nominee of the prestigious German world music award in the European Charts, Oliver Rajamani has toured internationally and has recorded and performed with poets and artists wide-ranging in style including Jeronimo Maya, Gypsy Kings, and Willie Nelson.
Rajamani’s unique musical sound and original compositions are drawn from the spiritual and Gypsy/folk chants of India and the elegant Western orchestral/folk traditions of Europe and the Lone Star State of Texas.
There are some musicians who always get classified in the “beyond” categories in the magazine polls. They are usually musicians that are in such a unique area of music that there are few peers to make a single category for their respective instrumental talent and focus. Victor Prieto belongs to that list.
Grammy Winner Victor Prieto is hailed by The New York Times as “A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer” and by The All About Jazz as “One of the best World music and Jazz accordionists nowadays”.
He has changed the way musicians and spectators view accordion by revolutionizing both technique and sound (Chord approach on both hands). His love for the traditional Galician music and classical education enriches his compositions with explosive rhythm and colors uniquely combining Galician Roots, Celtic, Brazilian, Jazz, Tango, and Classical music
Victor continues collaborating on world stages with Yo-Yo Ma (Songs of Joy and Peace, Sony BMG Masterworks. “2010 Grammy Winning Album”), Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra, Cristina Pato, The Maria Schneider Orchestra, Valinor Quartet (“Second Half” 2014 Grammy Nominated album) Paquito D’Rivera, Chris Cheek, Christian Howes Group.
He teaches Master Classes in US Berklee College of Music, “Playing outside the Box”, Spain, Italy, Portugal and has headed the jazz accordion studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory, New York and he also was the Chairman of the Accordion department at Adagio Conservatory, Lugo (Spain).
Some of Victor’s awards and prizes are: The Creative Performer award from the Spanish Association of Artists and Performers, and the first prize CMZK’s Concourse of Composition.
Victor Prieto holds a Degree in Jazz accordion performance from Berklee College of Music, where he studied with a full scholarship and a Diploma in classical accordion from Ourense – Spain Conservatory. He is the only one to date to specialize in jazz accordion studies, Berklee College of Music does not offer any classes focusing on accordion. Uninhibited by these circumstances, Victor created his own study program applying the expertise offered by educators at Berklee to the accordion. His students are internationally renowned accordionists and teachers.
Kalalaya Indian Performing Arts was founded in 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Music is taught to students of all ages and levels. Bharatanatyam is the classical Indian dance originating from Tamil Nadu. It has gained popularity across India and the rest of the world as a very versatile art form used to entertain as well as to communicate stories and messages, both traditional and contemporary. Carnatic Music is the classical Indian music from South India. Carnatic Music has a rich history and tradition and its popularity has recently been revived by the younger generation of professional Carnatic musicians. Kalalaya Indian Performing Arts brings these rich traditions to students and arts enthusiasts of San Antonio.