Tandy Beal & Company's ArtSmart Artists
Book your school or family concert from our list of amazing ArtSmart Artists! All artists have mentored with Tandy Beal to develop shows that are educational, interactive, fun and appropriate for all ages. All bookings are subject to artist availability. We will work with you to bring more art to your school. Please ask us about grant underwriting opportunities.
AZA - Music of Morocco
AZA’s founding members Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou are Berbers from the High Atlas mountain region of Morocco. Students will experience a variety of music that brings to light the culture of the Berbers, the indigenous people of North Africa whose recorded history dates back 3300 years. Students will hear Mohamed and Fattah play oud, banjo, guitar, ribab, percussion, lotar and sintir. http://azamusic.com
Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble with Keith Terry
Crosspulse - Part international drill team, part polycultural rhythm section, the Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble brings together synchronized movement, world drumming, lush vocals and innovative body music. Each of the five ensemble members bring their own deep traditions to the floor, to mix and mingle, creating a unique intercultural experience!
“...a crossing of cultures, a blurring of boundaries at its most sensitive, most humanistic, and most magical.” — National Public Radio
John Santos - Music of Latin America
Experience a wide range of styles, rhythms and songs from Cuba, México, Puerto Rico, Perú, and other Latin American countries plus original compositions from five-time Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos -- one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today!
Ka-Hon Latin Percussion Ensemble
The Ka-Hon Ensemble shares the various types of world rhythms that can be played with a simple wooden box (cajon). Fusing traditional rhythms from Peru, Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela through percussion and song, Ka-Hon creates a highly interactive and engaging performance experience.
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy © nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble. Linda Tillery's vision is to research, record and perform the music of the African diaspora. Ms.Tillery has been both a singer and percussionist for Taj Mahal, Bobby McFerrin, Holly Near, Eric Bibb, and many others. Performing together since 1992, the Cultural Heritage Choir creates dynamic rhythms and sparkling energy on stage. Their vocals are lush and vibrant; their performances are interactive and uplifting.
“What makes our concerts fun for kids is that they can really get involved in the music. We teach them rhythms, get them singing, clapping and dancing so it feels more like a party than a concert.”
Magic Carpet World Dance and Music
Experience a dazzling variety of world dance and music, and you don't even need a visa! On the Magic Carpet, students and teachers witness identity, tradition, culture and geography. Students and teachers gain a larger sense of our world and, at the same time, a greater appreciation for their own background, families and heritage – all while experiencing the beauty of our world through dance and music. Students' own traditions are given an honored place on the stage.
Micha Scott Dances
One of our most interactive and popular shows, Micha Scott and her dancers explore the tools a choreographer uses to create dance, while delivering a fast-paced, rhythmic and fun performance. Students are invited on stage in large numbers to participate in individual and group movement explorations. Micha Scott Dances was mentored by Tandy Beal and is directed by Micha Scott, former soloist with Garth Fagan (choreographer for the Lion King). Micha Scott Dances has encouraged deep classroom discussions about career possibilities.
“Ms. Scott is a powerhouse...she exudes enthusiasm and energy...” — NY Chronicle, Rochester
SoVoSó is a multi-cultural a cappella ensemble that sings a unique rhythmic mix of jazz, gospel, world and R&B music. SoVoSó continues to pioneer new horizons in contemporary vocal performance, bringing traditional world rhythms into the 21st century. They have toured in the US and Europe. Two SoVoSó members have performed with Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra since 1993 (which is where they met Tandy) . SoVoSó has shared the stage with Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Bobby McFerrin and Maya Angelou. sovoso.com
Step Right Up to Circus and Other Magic!
Concentration and attention to detail are what make each circus act inspirational. With artful physical feats of strength and flexibility, juggling, illusions and rhythmic gymnastics, audiences are brought into the wonder that is all around us. Circus is a way of helping us see the extraordinary in the ordinary.
Venezuelan Music Project
Combining indigenous-Venezuelan, West African and Spanish-European influences, the Venezuelan Music Project emerges as a dynamic ensemble full of vitality, energy and color. Highly interactive and educational, students learn about instruments, rhythm, culture, migration, cooperation and creativity.