BALTIMORE, June 25 -- The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation issued the following news release:
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded $190,050 in grants towards support for 56 performing arts engagements through its 2014-2015 Mid Atlantic Tours program. The grants, awarded directly to presenting organizations, will support engagements throughout the mid-Atlantic region over the next year by Cirque Alfonse (Circus), So Percussion (Contemporary Chamber Music), Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (Contemporary Dance), Guy Davis (Folk & Traditional), Cecile McLorin Salvant (Jazz), Parallel Exit (Theater), and Fatoumata Diawara (World Music). All engagements will include public performances and community outreach activities designed to build greater appreciation for the visiting artists.
Cirque Alfonse (Canada)
Established in 2005, Cirque Alfonse is an innovative addition to Quebec's rich circus tradition. Comprised of a team of acrobats, a dancer, an ex-skiing champion, and three versatile musicians, this group of eight performers blends the artistry and the techniques of contemporary circus with traditional Quebecois music and some of the liveliest aspects of Quebec's traditions and folklore.
So Percussion (New York, NY)
Since coming together in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that is at turns raucous and touching, barbarous and heartfelt. Called "astonishing and entrancing" by Billboard Magazine, the quartet's innovative work with today's most exciting composers and their own original music has quickly helped bring them international acclaim.
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion (New York, NY)
Kyle Abraham has emerged as a compelling new voice on the contemporary dance scene with his seven-member company Abraham.In.Motion. Abraham's approach to urban aesthetics and gender politics has made him one of the top 25 choreographers to watch according to Dance Magazine.
Guy Davis (New York, NY)
The award winning singer and guitarist Guy Davis has dedicated himself throughout his career to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African-American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces.
Cecile McLorin Salvant (New York, NY)
Jazz songstress Cecile McLorin Salvant has dazzled audiences around the world with her expressive style and masterful vocal technique. Rediscovering unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions, she has been called a "true and remarkable jazz singer... a young jazz prodigy" by Paris Hot Club Magazine.
Parallel Exit (New York, NY)
Parallel Exit creates moments of simple magic for audiences of all ages. Inspired by the films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the physical comedy troupe Parallel Exit creates work that blends comedy, theatre, dance, and music, transcending age, language and cultural barriers.
Fatoumata Diawara (Mali)
Perpetuating Mali's rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara sings about love, politics, and empowerment with arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements. Inspired by Malian tradition, jazz, and blues, Diawara has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter.
A complete list of venues and dates can be downloaded here. Patrons should contact venues directly for ticket prices, schedules, and other information.
Funding for these tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program, with additional funding from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Maryland State Arts Council.
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