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MEREL & TONY – SATURDAY, 11/30/19 @ 1:00 PM

This year Tony received a grant from the city of Houston to develop a series of songs based on interviews with people who have been deported from the U.S. Merel and Tony will be performing selections from this project.

“A Record Of Deported Persons” is a collection of songs adapted from interviews with people who have been deported from the United States. A year in the making, “A Record” was created by Anthony Barilla in collaboration with Merel van Dijk, and will be performed with special guests. This is one of only two performances of these songs. The entire project – including the interview process, writing, recording and performance – is supported by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Houston Arts Alliance Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

“Merel and Tony make some of the most intriguing and interesting music coming out of our city today.”
– Free Press Houston

MEREL & TONY met in 2013 while working on an art installation in a small Dutch village. Since then, they have released several EPs of songs, written music for THIS AMERICAN LIFE and other podcasts, been commissioned to compose a musical for a Houston-based theater company, recorded an album of protest songs funded by a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, and toured Texas with their band, THE WOE WOE WOES. Merel & Tony divide their time between Rome and Houston.


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