Chef Marko

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Chef Marko has been reinventing his culinary innovation for over thirty five years to the delight of audiences and noted celebrities. As an enthusiastic instructor, plant based chef, performance artist, cookbook author and television personality, Marko has been asked to guest chef everywhere from London to Baranoff Island in Southeast Alaska. He is currently a public event specialist for Word of Mouth and is focused on launching a virtual cooking platform to promote health and wellness. His adventures range from cooking for Dr. Oz and his family, to hosting a kid’s cooking show on PBS, to being featured at The Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Chef Marko’s passionate teaching style allows guests to become more autonomous in their own kitchens. Marko encourages participants to go beyond following a recipe. He empowers students to explore formulas of why things work, to fully comprehend flavor profiles, culinary methods, and more.

Donations to the Chef for this class: here


Brian Joseph

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MASTER CLASS, 2-3pm, Sunday:

Self-taught artist, poet, author and motivational speaker, Brian created his own style based on the fictitious Bydee People, and thus he is called the Bydeeman. Bydee is an acronym that means Bringing You Delightful Entertaining Experiences. His paintings are as colorful as they are happy. His art focuses on education, promotes diversity and positivity in general. He is an artist, poet and a motivational speaker. His paintings and murals adorn the walls of many schools, homes and businesses in Austin, and around the country. He has a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Tougaloo College and a MA in Urban Studies from Trinity University.

Brian is a board member of the Pecan Street Association.

Brian can be contacted at 512-507-7877 or

Mural at Cunningham Elementary, Austin ISD

Lucas Quintana

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MASTER CLASS: CUBAN MONTUNO & TUMBAO – Chachachá, Bolero, Son, Salsa and Merengue Piano

Lucas is a Cuban-American pianist, composer, producer and actor.  By fusing Caribbean and jazz styles with elements of classic pop, funk and old school hip hop, Lucas has created his own style of Latin fusion/hip hop.   

He studied jazz piano and Caribbean music at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico.  Lucas teaches piano at the Armstrong Community Music School and just released his album, “500 Grados,” which can be found on Spotify or Apple Music

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Oliver Rajamani

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Rajamani studied tabla at an early age, most recently studying under guru Pandit “Aloke Dutta”. He took western classical voice lessons and performed in many choirs and orchestras (notably The New Found Sound – directed by Shirley Gutmann). He trained under Snighdha Mishra for Hindustani and Bamathi Sudharshan for Karnatic classical vocal music of India.

He started painting early in childhood, with guidance from his mother as they painted on Indian sarees.

Rajamani worked in the United Nations Romani Congress under Hungarian Roma “Shandor Balogh” in guidance of Romani Scholar and Romani UN Ambassador Dr. Ian Hancock. Rajamani lived in Greece and Israel working on Romani and Dom community situations while taking time to learn Middle Eastern music with the nomadic Bedouins in the Negev desert. While in Greece, he studied the origins of Buddhist art which sprang from the Ghandara and Taxila Indian art schools, created by Greek artists living in ancient India during the era of Alexander the Great.

Rajamani’s experience in flamenco comes from years of performing and spending time around Flamencos (notably Arturo Martinez).

He attended the “Kodaikanal International School” in South India, where the international staff and student body widened Rajamani’s musical horizons. He studied Western classical music, performed in many jazz ensembles, rock bands, and choir and toured in southern India as a rock drummer playing with Canadians John and Sandra Holmes in their group “Giant John and The Texas Bull Frogs. During his tenure at Friends World College in NY, Rajamani traveled the globe working with professional musicians, human rights activists, environmentalists, sociologists, and spiritualists.  

His paintings have been exhibited in Texas and New York.