Meet the Artists: Nakai and Clipman
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. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.
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 pueblogrande.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.
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.
Performers: R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: Doors Open 6 p.m.; Presentation Begins at 6:30 p.m.
Place: Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (Presentation will be moved indoors in the case of rain or extreme heat)
Tickets: Advanced - $15 (plus fees), Day of - $20; Fundraising Event NO REFUNDS
Sales End: If event is not sold out online by April 28, remaining tickets will be available for purchase in the Pueblo Grande Museum Store for $20 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. only. ALL TICKET SALES END AT 4:30 P.M. ON APRIL 29.
R. Carlos Nakai - Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the worlds premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it. Since he began playing the flute in the early 1980s he has released more than 50 albums with over 40 on the Canyon Records label. Nakai has sold more than 4.3 million albums for Canyon Records and earned two Gold Records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit with Canyon Trilogy earning a Platinum Record (over 1 million units sold).
Nakai has explored new musical settings for the traditional flute including new age, world-beat jazz, and classical. In addition to his solo appearances throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, pianist Peter Kater, composer James DeMars and performed with over 30 symphonies.
Nakais career has been shaped by a desire to communicate a sense of Native American culture and society that transcends the common stereotypes presented in mass media.
Will Clipman Began playing his fathers drums and his mothers piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. Will has received seven GRAMMY® Nominations, including one for his solo world music album Pathfinder. He is also a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner, and a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner, and has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. Will has recorded over sixty albums, including over thirty for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. An original member of the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Will has performed and recorded with Canyon label mate R. Carlos Nakai for a quarter-century through many iterations of the Nakai oeuvre, as well as with many other internationally-acclaimed artists and ensembles, and has toured throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Morocco and Russia. His solo Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop takes audiences of all ages on a world tour of rhythm and polyrhythm. Explore Wills creative world further at www.willclipman.com.
International Jazz Day - 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. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.
International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change.
International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars. More information at https://jazzday.com/
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