Native American Inspirations:

From Spillville to Pine Ridge

An unprecedented 125-year overview of music inspired by the Native American experience.

October 1- 21, 2019

Our topic is the controversial relationship between Native America and American identity — then and now.  

Our participants include:

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, the most prominent contemporary Native American composer

The Lakota Music Project of the South Dakota Symphony, in its first trip east.

— Two eminent Native American performers from the Pine Ridge reservation: flutist Bryan Akipa and singer Emmanuel Black Bear, and also tribal elder Chris Eagle Hawk.

We also exhume the “Indianists” movement in music — an attempt to use Native American music and lore to fashion a musical signature for all Americans.

Its practitioners included the great Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, who in Spillville, Iowa, spent a month with Native American musicians; and Arthur Farwell, who as the leading Indianist undertook astounding explorations of Native American culture in parallel Bartok’s excavations of folk culture in Hungary.

PCE’s Joe Horowitz describes Native American Inspirations: From Spillville to Pine Ridge:

To hear Arthur Farwell’s amazing “Pawnree Horses” for 16-part unaccompanied chorus:

Main Event

Other Events

Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7;30 pm /
National Cathedral (The Great Nave)

Musicians from the Lakota Music Project (South Dakota)
Cathedra conducted by Michael McCarthy
Bryan Akipa, Dakota flute
Emmanuel Black Bear, singer
William Sharp, baritone
Netanel Draiblate, violin
Emanuele Arciuli, piano
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Native American music and dance
Antonin Dvorák: Larghetto from Violin Sonatina
Ferruccio Busoni: Indian Notebook No. 2 for solo piano
Arthur Farwell: 16-part a cappella choral pieces, songs, piano works
Curt Cacioppo: North American Indigenous Songs for chorus (DC premiere)
Jerod Tate: Shakamaxon for string orchestra (DC premiere)
Jerod Tate: “Resolution” from Standing Bear (DC premiere)

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2 pm /
Museum of the American Indian:

The Lakota Music Project

Free admission

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 pm /
Center for Contemporary Political Art:

“Pine Ridge: Then and Now”
Performances by Bryan Akipa and Emannuel Black Bear
Discussion with ethnomusicologist Ronnie Thiesz, composers
Jerod Tate and Curt Cacioppo, Lakota elder Chris Eagle Hawk, and others

Free admission

Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 pm /
National Cathedral (Bethlehem Chapel)

The Lakota Music Project

Arthur Farwell: Haku String Quartet
Curt Cacioppo: Kinaalda String Quartet
Jeffrey Paul: Pentatonic Fantasy for Dakota flute and chamber orchestra
Jerod Tate: Guide Me for Emanuel Black Bear and strings
Jerod Tate: Pisachi for string quartet

Arthur Farwell’s historic Haku String Quartet (1920), plus contemporary chamber music by Jerod Tate, Jeffrey Paul, and Curt Cacioppo (including Native American musicians.)

Festival funders include

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