Ernie Durawa

Ernie Durawa

Ernie durawa

MASTER CLASS: HEARTBEAT OF THE ORCHESTRA

Ernie Durawa, born Ernesto Saldaña, hails from the west side of San Antonio, but tragically his mother passed when he was still an infant. His aunt and uncle adopted him at 10 years of age, hence the change in surname. They managed a small bar that booked Mexican conjunto, and after the bandleader handed a young Ernie a set of maracas, he was hooked. $75 later, he had his first drum set.

Durawa’s influences are varied, from R&B backbeats to the profound rhythmic inventions of the bebop masters such as Max Roach. Luckily, he found as he was coming of age in the mid 70’s, that the music scene was welcoming of the jazz elements he was incorporating into the more commercially-friendly, butt-shaking sounds of rock and roll.

Durawa has been a major player of the Austin music scene for decades. His drumming is known for its versatility across genres and styles. He’s played with the all-star Grammy-winning “Texas Tornados,” featuring his life-long friend Doug Sahm; country and western legend Freddy Fender, of the Grammy-winning “Los Super Seven”; Tex Mex maestro, Grammy-winner Flaco Jimenez; and blues-rock, four-time Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton.

He’s been been playing and recording with the combo “Los Jazz Vatos,” since 2000; as well as playing with Johnny Nicholas’ “Texas All-Stars,” and the South Austin Marimba Band. He teaches through the Austin Jazz Workshop and the National Guitar Workshop summer music camps.

For some amazing photos of his early days, see his page at The Witliff Collection

Stuart Sullivan

Stuart Sullivan

Stuart Sullivan

MASTER CLASS:  HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR SONGS IN THE STUDIO

Multiple Grammy award winning producer, right here in Austin, TX, Stuart has produced most famously, Little Joe y La Familia, Meat Puppets, Jimmy Vaughn, Pinetop Perkins and the Butthole Surfers.

In 1983, after graduating Indiana University in Bloomington where he was the house engineer at the Musical Arts Center, Stuart followed a friend and made the move to Austin. He got a job sweeping the floors at Lone Star Studios and worked his way up. It wasn’t long before he was doing sound engineering for the likes of Eric Johnson, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His first producing ventures were with the Wild Seeds, the True Believers and The Hickoids. Projects with Alejandro Escavedo and Dino Lee soon swerved him into becoming the house-recording engineer for Willie Nelson and Clifford Antone’s legendary blues label. 

He became known for a certain style – a certain sound, no matter the genre of music, that captured those early slacker days of Austin and propelled him to an international network of artists and labels.  He’s garnered much acclaim for his work with Lou Ann Barton, Kim Wilson, Junior Brown, Toni Price, Starfish, Sincola, Euripides Pants, Ruben Ramos, the Texas Tornados, Poi Dog Pondering, as well as national acts like Toadies, Supersuckers, Lucinda Williams and Sublime. 

Except for a gig in London with Nick Lowe and a short stint in the 90s in Los Angeles, he remained working from the ATX via his Wire Recording Studio, which he opened in 2001, going on to work with: Robert Earl Keen, Stephen Bruton, James McMurtry, Roky Erikson, Junior Brown and Dave Alvin and notably, collecting and rereleasing the Doug Sahm archives. 

Wire Recording Studio recently partnered with Mosaic Sound Collective to launch a sustainable music community complex in Austin. As a side project, Stuart became partner of Lucky Hound Music Group and runs Lucky Hound Records.

Watch here to a talk he gave in 2018 about building and maintaining a music community in Austin. Listen to some of his impressive discography.

Inka Wayra

Inka Wayra

ANDRES ALVAREZ

MASTER CLASS: THE METAPHYSICS OF INKA WAYRA

Born in Chosica, Peru, Andres is the director of Inka Wayra, a new age Andean instrumental outfit that has performed at Pecan Street Festival for the past 15 years. He has 40 years experience as a master performer of panpipes along with several other traditional Incan wind instruments: quena, sampoña, flauta de pan, rondado, antara and more. 

Donate to the artist via paypal: Inka_wayra@hotmail.com

 

Nancy Fly

Nancy Fly

Nancy fly

Nancy Fly is a South Texas oil painter, fiddler, accordion player and dog owner.  She spent much of her working life in the music business in Austin, Texas, but now resides in Harlingen, Texas where she works in her studio and pursues her art career.  Her work is in private collections across the region and the U.S., and she exhibits both locally and across the state. Her volunteer work with humanitarian organizations in the Rio Grande Valley is an important part of her involvement with her community. 

Her painting is inspired by her deep roots in the expanses of the Texas landscape, having grown up on a ranch outside of San Antonio, then moving to Corpus Christi in her teens. Her love for the outdoors, and painting outdoors, shape her creative energies. She considers herself a contemporary impressionist and an evolving abstract painter, as she’s recently been exploring abstraction as a way to convey difficult emotions not easily expressed in words.

Shopping in San Miguel
24″x18″
Cracks in the Foundation
14″x11″
Paul Lidel

Paul Lidel

Paul lidel

MASTER CLASS, 6-7pm, Sunday: Tips & Tricks for Guitarists of All Levels

A professional guitar teacher for 35 years, Lidel’s played and toured with: Dangerous Toys (Columbia Records), Dirty Looks (Atlantic Records) and many others. He’s been a member of the faculty of the University of Texas and the National Guitar Workshop, and author of “The Pro Guitarists Handbook,” an Amazon.com #1 best selling guitar instruction DVD.

Lidel was voted best guitarist in Austin Texas in 2003 in Edge Magazine readers poll. 

Testimonials: 

“Best guitar/music teacher I’ve ever had. If you like classic rock, blues, jazz, country, metal, any freaking style this guy can teach it to you on the guitar. If you need a teacher he’s your guy!” – Kyle Franklin

“I learned SO MUCH during my time taking lessons from Paul Lidel. The dude is a legit rock star and can teach anyone how to play guitar! Talk about distance learning… taking online lessons from Paul would be amazing! Hit him up and let him get you and your kids rockin’.” – Brian Ligon 

For private lessons on Skype, FaceTime or Zoom, email PaulLidel@gmail.com