Grammy Award winning musician, composer and producer, Adrian Quesada, is heading up a who’s-who of talented musicians for a night of music, cocktails and community at the El Grito Gala. The El Grito Gala, a fundraiser for El Buen Samaritano, is being held on September 15, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage month. The organization is committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and basic needs services. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception before moving into a dinner curated by Curra’s Grill, and musical entertainment by Adrian Quesada and His El Buen Social Club. The group is made up of Corey Baum, Vanessa Del Fierro, DJ Chorizo Funk, Michael Ramos, Alex Marrero and Jose Galeano. Quesada, co-founder of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma, is no stranger to heading up a motley crew and this group works with a fun, kinetic energy on stage. We were lucky enough to host some of them in Studio 1A. Check out the full session below!
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. The Johannesburg native has captivated audiences and critics alike for the past four decades. In September 2000, Anton Nel was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches an international class of students and now heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. the famed pianist will be performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra as part of their Mozart in Paris concert. The evening will feature Francis Poulenc’s Suit from Les Biches (The Does), Poulenc’s Concert Champêtre and Mozart’s Paris from his Symphony No. 31 some of his most popular work. The concert will feature a pre-performance talk with Bob Buckalew. Be sure to check it out! And check out Anton Nel’s full Studio 1A session below!
9/8-9 @ Long Center
The Ensamble Esperanza (Hope Ensemble) is a music project lead by talented Costa Rican musicians that represent not only the music from their country but will take you to a journey to Central America, Mexico and Spain, places that they have fed from, gathering music influences throughout the years and come to Austin to share those experiences. Ensamble Esperanza is performing as part of the Centroamericanto Fest which was founded by Salvadoran singer-songwriter Mauricio Callejas and it is put together every year with the help of Teresita Ramos as co-chair and by a group of enthusiast volunteers who strive to represent the values and traditions of Central American culture with dignity and professionalism. Originally starting as a web portal for Central American music it has since grown to a physical, annual gathering right here in Austin, Texas. The Fest will take place September 2 at the Mexican American Cultural Center. The Ensamble Esperanza stopped past Studio 1A to showcase some of their best stuff.
LOLA: Local Opera Local Artists is opening their new show in August. It marks a new idea in opera and storytelling; A choreographed chamber opera pastiche of art songs by Fauré, Schubert, Boulenger, and more. This operatic concept was created by LOLA artistic director, Rebecca Herman.We Might Be Struck By Lightning follows two women as they explore themes of love, loss, depression, and redemption in their lives.
LOLA is community supported and a donation-based organisation that is committed to making great works of art and preserving opera in the community! We Might Be Struck By Lightning will run August 18-20 and August 25-27. All performances will be at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Find your Tickets here!
Will Taylor has lived in Austin since the 70’s and has spent much of his time here honing his jazz skills and building his ensemble Strings Attached. The group is a genre-blurring collaboration with folk artists. Their vision was to fuse jazz and classical flavors with the contemporary singer/songwriter genre; to dress it up with a little different jewelry. From the classical tradition they borrowed the architectural precision of composition and arranging. From jazz they brought the performance ethic. The ability to abandon the score and make choices spontaneously, in response to each other and the present musical moment. And then there’s that irresistable sense of”swing” – the thing that gets people dancing. Their latest project, Strings in the Woods are spontaneous, uplifting performances that pair a beautiful setting with an intimate acoustic concert. Locations will be released before each performance, and the concerts will go ahead rain or shine! Will Taylor dropped past Studio 1A to showcase some of his best stuff, check out the session below.
8/6 @ Carson Creek Ranch