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Heart of The Beast
Can Donald Byrd Make Art of True-Life Violence?
Arts Story  May 9, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...There may be a way, however, to draw art from real-life tragedies without being exploitative. The Domestic Violence Project, created by Austin's Dance Umbrella (DU) and the New York City-based dance company Donald Byrd/The Group, is trying to do just that with The Beast, a dance piece about domestic violence..."

'Creativity in the Face of Death: The Contemporary Resonance of Terezín'
UT symposium honors and ponders art created in the Nazi concentration camp
Arts Story  October 5, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Painters, composers, singers, musicians, writers, architects, and more passed through the fortress city and continued to create work there, even as death loomed over them. During the symposium sponsored by Texas Performing Arts and the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, audiences can experience the work of these imprisoned creators performed by contemporary artists, discussions by artists and scholars of Terezín's history and legacy, and the premiere of a full-length dance work by Donald Byrd that was inspired by the artists of the camp..."

Spectrum Dance Theater’s Rambunctious
The company’s program, with a new work inspired by the 1966 UT Tower shooting, spoke powerfully to our present moment
Arts Review  November 23, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Sigh, America – what can our country's artists tell us about ourselves? Spectrum Dance Theater, based in Seattle and headed by revered contemporary choreographer Donald Byrd, joined the top-notch New York-based Aeolus Quartet at the University of Texas for two performances of Byrd's dances to music by American composers. The dances were as varied as the music by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Vincent Persichetti, Charles Wuorinen, and Yevgeniy Sharlat..."

The Next Step
At 35, Broadway gypsy Nick (Negron) refuses to believe he's near the end of his dancing career. Even though his aching muscles and the perpetual, unspoken challenge by younger, more...
Film Review  April 17, 1998, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Christian Faber. Starring: Rick Negron, Kristin Moreu, Denise Faye, Taylor Nichols, Gerry Mcintyre, Aubrey Lynch, Michelle Pertier and Donald Byrd..."

Conference Confluence
Austin hosts not one, but two national conferences on the arts the same weekend in June
Arts Story  June 10, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Both events share a concern with taking the arts to the next level, in terms of bettering the way art is made and improving the place of the arts and artists in a society that increasingly relegates them to the fringes, but they come at these challenges from opposite directions. Leading the Charge collects culture mavens from across the country – e.g., guru of the moment Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point and the newly released Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking; Ad Council CEO Peggy Conlon; choreographer Donald Byrd – and brings them to Austin to offer models for success (along with such nods to homegrown successes as musician Alejandro Escovedo and co-founder of SXSW and this very paper, Editor Louis Black)..."

Music Story  December 13, 1996
"...It's one of Mobley's best, containing four fifths of the 1957 Messengers: Hank, drummer Blakey, pianist Horace Silver, and bassist Doug Watkins. Vibes great Milt Jackson replaces Donald Byrd and everyone's in top form..."

Saturday Sleepers
SXSW Music Fest preview guide
Music Story  March 16, 2007
"...10pm, Elephant Room While still in his teens, this jazz drummer and vocalist was working with Joe Henderson and Stanley Clarke, and spent years with Donald Byrd as a member of the Blackbyrds. Based in D.C., Killgo just re-released his 2004 album, This World, which features Byrd, Larry Coryell, and Oscar Brown Jr..."

The Critics Speak … and Speak … and Speak
Clybourne Park, Manchurian Candidate big winners
DAILY Arts  June 6, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Touring Dance Performance Rambunctious, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance & Aeolus Quartet, Texas Performing Arts..."

Saturday SXSW Picks
Music Story  March 17, 2016
"...Karriem Riggins10pm, Empire Garage As a jazz drummer, Karriem Riggins has worked with everyone from Donald Byrd and Milt Jackson to Paul McCartney. As a hip-hop producer, the Detroit beatsmith has aided the likes of Erykah Badu, Slum Village, and Common..."

Critics Poll
Our music team weighs in on the year's best shows, venues, and more
Music Story  January 3, 2014
"...Bobby "Blue" Bland, Leyor "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Sarah Elizabeth Campbell, Cedric "Im" Brooks, Donald Byrd, J.J. Cale, Philip Chevron, Chet Flippo, T-Model Ford, Annette Funicello, Tompall Glaser, Jim Hall, Jeff Hanneman, Richie Havens, Donna Hightower, Faye Hunter, John Thomas "Jukebox" Jackson, George Jones, Allen Lanier, Ray Manzarek, Eve McArthur, Scott Miller, Jason Molina, Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, Junior Murvin, MusicMania, Claude Nobs, Michael Point, Ray Price, Shirley Ratisseau, Lou Reed, Storm Thorgerson, Bebo Valdés, Cedar Walton, Tiny Watkins, the Yellow Dogs..."

In Memoriam: Phyllis Slattery
Remembering the longtime director of Dance Umbrella
DAILY Arts  December 19, 2012, by Robert Faires
"..."Generous" is a word that comes up again and again when Slattery is described, and she is credited with being both a dear friend and an inspiration by many on the Austin scene, as well as many of the national artists she brought to town. And the roster of artists she saw to it came to Austin is staggering, a who's who of contemporary dance: Donald Byrd, Robert Moses, 33 Fainting Spells, Dah Teatar, Vincent Mantsoe, Tere O'Connor, Bridgman-Packer Dance, Wideman-Davis Dance, Maria Benitez Teatro Flamenco, Paula Hunter … the list could go on and on, as she hosted more than 80 residencies during her years at DU..."

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Kirk Lynn earns a $50K fellowship from United States Artists
DAILY Arts  December 5, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Only 50 artists a year score this prestigious fellowship, and this year Lynn joins playwrights Annie Baker and Octavio Solis, director Lee Breuer, choreographers Donald Byrd and Liz Lerman, and musician and former Austinite Sxip Shirey among that elite number receiving the honor. (Austin choreographer Deborah Hay and filmmaker Anne Lewis were 2010 Fellows.) For the full list, visit"

John Coltrane
Music Review  December 11, 2009, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...The session led by tuba player Ray Draper is particularly intriguing. Other top-shelf sidemen joining Coltrane on various dates are trumpeter Donald Byrd, sax men Hank Mobley and Jackie McLean, and Miles Davis Quintet rhythm section Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones..."

Compagnie Julie Dossavi/Trey McIntyre Project
World-class choreographers from Paris and Houston dance into Austin the same week
Arts Story  November 6, 2009, by Andrew Long
"...He is revered for his musicality and youthful approach to a dance form that is beginning to show its age. Similar to a Mark Morris or Donald Byrd, McIntyre is a smart choreographer who is fully aware of the audience's point of view and creates intricate dances with a full company of crossover technical dancers...."

'Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada' Reviewed
Music Story  June 13, 2008, by Austin Powell
"..."El Pescador" finds the middle ground between the two, melding Antibalas' urban sprawl with the Latin soul of Brownout's Homenaje through layers of samples, textured keyboard, and impressionistic flutes. "Gunpowder" crackles like an outtake from Marina Records' impeccable In-Kraut compilations right down to Quesada's fuzz-guitar sorcery, while the Vulcan jazz-funk of "Carino" recalls Blackbyrds-era Donald Byrd, and molten blues seep into the like-minded "Pelican." This alchemy is a universal solvent...."

ACL Fest Saturday Picks
Music Story  September 7, 2007
"...The Vulcan mind meld between Antibalas' Martín Perna and Grupo Fantasma's Adrian Quesada, Ocote Soul Sounds shares the love of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Susana Baca, and Donald Byrd, among others. Typically engorged by a full backing band onstage, the duo is set to release The Alchemist Manifesto on Thievery Corporation's ESL imprint this fall..."

John Coltrane
Gift Guide
Music Review  December 8, 2006, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Coltrane was one of the loveliest balladeers ever, and generous helpings of his already distinctive style highlight Fearless Leader. As was common on Prestige albums of the era, much of the material is done in a loose, "blowin' session" format with the likes of Dallas pianist Red Garland and trumpeter Donald Byrd stretching out on blues and standards..."

The Next Steps
Ballet Austin seeks out tomorrow's Balanchines with a new and unique choreographic showcase
Arts Story  February 17, 2006, by Robert Faires

Texas Titles in Toto
Music Story  November 28, 2003
"..."West of Pecos," Donald Byrd..."

Identifying the Impulse
Music Story  December 18, 1998, by Jeff Mccord
"...Quebec brought in Dexter Gordon, who blossomed on the label after 10 years of obscurity. Jackie McLean brought Tony Williams, Donald Byrd brought Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Dorham introduced Joe Henderson..."

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