Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30Concert (online):
Music rooted in Native American traditions
With Jamie Fox, Joanne Shenandoah, and Robert Mirabal
Kicking off a week celebrating the culture of Native Americans (see in the FSGW calendar the Orpheus workshop with Ty Ellis on and the Grapevine storytelling event with Gayle Ross and Joseph Bruchac), FSGW presents a concert program featuring the Metis fiddling of Jamie Fox, the guitar and songs of Joanne Shenandoah, and the flutes and stories of Robert Mirabal. These musicians take their Native American traditions and combine them with American folk culture to produce unique and fascinating sounds.
Jamie Fox is a Métis fiddler of the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes. She grew up on the Fort Belknap Reservation of Northern Montana where she was immersed in a lively fiddle and dance tradition in the community. The tunes and dancing played there derive from a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures – local Saturday night dances were a positive bridge in the racial divide of what it meant to grow up on the reservation and be mixed blood. Métis means “mix race” – not only does Jamie have native and European heritage, but her fiddle music is a melding of cultures, as you will hear.
Joanne Shenandoah is one of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians. A Grammy Award winner with over 40 music awards for her 18 recordings, her music ranges from acapella to full symphony and has been heard on hundreds of documentaries, films and music videos. In 2014 she served as Co-Chair to the Attorney General’s Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. With a deep sense of passion and profound messages she is considered an Ambassador of Peace and has brought audiences together from all over the world, every race, religion and age.
"She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter's night," --Robbie Robertson.
Robert Mirabal is a Pueblo musician and Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. His flutes are world-renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian. An award-winning musician and leading proponent of world music, Mirabal performs worldwide, sharing flute songs, tribal rock, dance, and storytelling. Mirabal was twice named the Native American Music Awards’ Artist of the Year, and received the Songwriter of the Year award three times. He was featured in Grammy Award winning album, Sacred Ground: A Tribute to Mother Earth in 2006 for Best Native American Music Album. Mirabal also published a book of storytelling poetry and prose in 1994 entitled Skeletons of a Bridge and is currently writing a second book, Running Alone in Photographs. Aside from his artistic talents, Mirabal is a father and a farmer, living in Taos Pueblo and participating in the traditional ways and rituals of his people.
At the beginning of the evening (at approximately 7:25 pm), there will be a brief meeting of FSGW for the purpose of taking nominations from the floor (or, this year, from Zoom boxes) for folks who are willing to serve on the 2021–2022 FSGW Board, which guides the running and work of the society. All are welcome to attend, but only FSGW members may nominate or become candidates for the Board. (Suggestion: Renew your membership or join FSGW now so you can participate fully.)
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Cost to register: free; Suggested donation: $20 per listener. (If you feel generous and can afford it, a higher amount will help support the performers.)Donate to performers
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General information on the 2020/2021 Sunday evening concert series is on the Concerts page.