Celebrate International Jazz Day with a special presentation by R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman on Sunday, April 29 at Pueblo Grande Museum. In a special one-hour event, Nakai and Clipman will perform music from their Grammy-nominated album, Awakening the Fire.
The soothing tones of the Native American flute and the rhythms of pan-global drums and percussion will create a sonic odyssey that awakens energy and inspires harmony. Experience the magic of traditional flute and ethnic drums as their sound reverberates off a thousand-year old Hohokam platform mound in an outdoor, twilight concert on the patio of the Museum.
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.
The improvisatory expressiveness of jazz has been a key technique of Nakais solo and ensemble performances of the Native American flute from the beginning of his career 35 years ago. The genre of jazz has been important to Nakai and, in 1995, Nakai and Clipman, with keyboardist AmoChip Dabney, formed the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, which recently released its fifth album, What Lies Beyond, with bassist Johnny Walker.
After the presentation, guests can meet the artists, take pictures with them, and purchase merchandise. Guests can also enjoy light refreshments provided by Julies Catering. Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com. Advanced tickets are $15 plus fees available online only, or $20 the day of, available at the Museum Store only from 1 to 4 p.m. NO REFUNDS
This Meet the Artist presentation, part of a Fall and Spring concert series, was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Canyon Records, a local independent record label, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. This partnership is a continuation of the recent One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records exhibition of photography, music and concerts from the artists of Canyon Records.
Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which supports the education, preservation, and interpretive mission of the Museum.