ᎢᎪᎢᎪᏁᏦᎪ seeks international Performance Artists, Musicians and Singer-Songwriters

TALENT

This website was written in English but based on your IP address, it should have translated automatically into your local language. However, because English will be our "operational language," everyone needs to be able to effectively communicate with each other in English (as we learn each others' languages), so please be sure to respond on the form below IN ENGLISH. If your native language is different, GREAT, and let us know the languages in which you are fluent! Multilingualism adds to our diversity and strength, musically, culturally and otherwise,and yes, if you write lyrics in another language, we do NOT want you to sing in English on YOUR songs in order to help TATANKA and our audience learn and grow. If any page on this site has not translated, please click on the drop-down menu at the top-right of any page to select any of the 110 available translations:

TATANKA ISO Musicians, Singers, Performance Artists

All nationalities. All gender identities. All ethnicities. All ages. All sexual orientations. All physical abilities. All languages. All faiths. All political beliefs.

ALL-Diversity. ALL-Equality. ALL-Inclusive. ALL-Humanity.

TATANKA: Mission/Summary
Inclusivity Disclaimer*

As we begin our member search, potential issues between different groups or individuals could eventually arise, which is antithetic to our mission. Like any job, discrimination in any regard is unacceptable. For example, to paraphrase, the U.S. National Archives EEO Policy Statement asserts: I am committed to equal opportunity for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or transgender status), age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, et al. So, if any of the above give you pause, for any reason, please reconsider. We are to learn, support and grow together, period, so any obstruction to our shared objectives will be removed. For example, if you are from a country that has a conflict with a band mate’s nationality, don’t bother. Or if you believe your god is the only god, don’t bother. Or if you feel more patriotic or moral than others (I don’t care if you are “blue” or “red”), don’t bother. Together we will ensure that all band members and staff work and live in an environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We are adults and expected to behave accordingly. For clarification, all contracts will be “at-will” meaning anyone can be terminated for any reason at any time, if necessary. -JJ

Hey, you.

Yeah, YOU!

Are you looking?

We are!

We seek members from all places and walks of life.

We seek all types of musicians, vocalists and performance artists, but everyone needs to be able to play at least one instrument and sing well enough for performance. You also need to be open to learning and applying more musical skills. And you read and agree with the *Inclusivity Disclaimer above.

Question: What does an “Orchestra Americana,” aka TATANKA, sound like?

Answer: Listen to this YouTube Playlist

Question: There are over 700 songs in that playlist. Do you seriously expect me to watch/listen to all?

Answer: Yes. If you can’t spend the time to understand and appreciate the scope of music we propose, then we would not be a good match.

TATANKA is an Orchestra Americana, delivering diverse crowd-pleasers and one hell of a Performance Art stage/venue show!

Another Question: Why all the genres?

Answer: Our demographic is diverse, like TATANKA, so we will deliver a divergent multimedia production, one that will be memorable, dance-able, and worthy of return visits to subsequent shows.

Since we will begin covering other artists’ music, popular songs dating back to the 1920s through the 2020s, we will add and begin our own originals. Every member will have a mini digital recording studio in their living suite, and we will teach each other new instruments and songwriting techniques. Since we will write (and record) as a group, we also will encourage and support individuals’ work, and if “Pods” or groups of different members collaborate in writing and/or performance.

Everyone will be expected to not only sing and play their instrument(s), but write new material independently or in various collaborations. All original pieces, be they musical, performance art, multimedia, etc., will be democratically decided by The Council, aka Wisdom Circle, if they are to be added to the repertoire, for the good of TATANKA and to maximize HERD enjoyment and participation.

If the playlist does not resonate with you, then TATANKA is not for you.

At the end of the playlist above are a few of my older songs and below are more recent, mostly covers, but some originals as well as “collaborations” with AI. My songs just represent what I will bring to TATANKA, but again, the decisions to add ANY song to our setlist will be made by consensus. I might be the Band Leader, but we will democratically decide what stays, and what goes.

Read “PITCH” below in its entirety before responding!

It contains additional information including the 24/7 and episodic live streaming, the various plans for revenue, the mission, the location, details of the funding pitch, and more. Keep in mind that we are working on securing funding, so you are applying to be in the pool of potential members/staff.

Yes, part of the plan is all roles will be salaried to avoid anyone needing a “day job” so they can focus on TATANKA, which is a full-time job itself, but, we want everyone to understand that until we are funded, we cannot yet offer any contracts.

If you want to be part of the TATANKA family, let us know. If anything brings you pause, we are not a good match. Honesty and transparency are policies, for everyone, so please understand that expectation.

  • Ambitious? Yep.
  • Difficult? Hell, yes.
  • But if this defines YOU, and you can meet or exceed expectations, let’s talk!

Still interested? If so, read on!

  • After reviewing everything, please submit the form at the bottom of this page, being sure to share a video of you performing live or lip-syncing to your original music, or cover songs, but the music and vocals must be YOU.
    • All artists, regardless of craft, must be able to sing and ideally play an instrument.
  • For example, below is a truly awful video of a gig I played in Chicagoland in 1998 at a university fundraising event. The VHS camera was just ancient – it’s virtually black and white – the audio was recorded through the camera mono microphone. Also, the band, ΩHM, was hastily constructed just for that event. AND, it is neither my best nor proudest work, but I share it because the video shows me singing and playing (bass), so again, make sure yours does too.
  • If you don’t have a video, film yourself or have someone do it with a camera or phone, but we can’t remotely gauge how well you play and sing without a video.
    • No video = no consideration.

Thanks again,

JJ (TATANKA)

In search of talented musicians to join our diverse and inclusive music community. From vocalists to guitarists, bass players, drummers and keyboardists, we welcome musicians of all backgrounds and identities. Our goal is to create a rock orchestra that celebrates the richness of different global cultures and perspectives.

We are actively looking for singers who bring a unique voice and style to our music. Whether you identify as Indigenous, LGBTQ, a person of color, or belong to any race, nationality, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, or if you are disabled in any way whatsoever, we value you and your contribution to our musical ensemble. Embracing diversity is at the core of our mission, and we believe that every individual adds a distinct flavor to our sound and vision.

Regardless of your gender identity, transgender status, age, or disability, you are welcome to be a part of our music family. We encourage individuals with conservative, liberal, or independent views to come together and collaborate in harmony. Our commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion is unwavering, and we strive to create a safe and empowering space for all musicians, and our audience, aka the HERD.

Join us in promoting diverse talent and inclusive music. Our intersectional art aims to empower diversity and foster unity in music. Together, we can create a musical experience, a movement, that transcends boundaries and celebrates the beauty of differences. Let’s make music that reflects the tapestry of our global society and resonates with the spirit of TATANKA.

Before applying, be 110% sure that you agree with the following. We will discuss if we move forward together, but if anything whatsoever might be an issue, no matter how small, then TATANKA might not be for you, and vice versa.

As we begin our member search, potential issues between different groups or individuals could eventually arise, which is antithetic to our mission. Like any job, discrimination in any regard is unacceptable. For example, to paraphrase, the U.S. National Archives EEO Policy Statement asserts: I am committed to equal opportunity for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or transgender status), age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, et al.

May 25, 2024 Update: We paused the search for talent. We shifted our focus to securing funding, at which point we will be able to offer members and staff contracts. Feel free to submit your application below but please understand that as of now, eligible applicants have been and will be added to the TATANKA “Wish List” until we are ready to begin development.

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