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Gary Stroutsos: Remembering the Songs: Music of the Zuni, Navajo, and Salish Peoples

Date(s) - Saturday, November 11, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kalamazoo Nature Center

Gary Stroutsos at the Amerind Foundation Museum & grounds on February 10, 2013.

Gary Stroutsos creates odysseys of sound with the world of nature, performing world flute music drawn from many traditional cultures. Evoking a spirit of place and the voices of the land, his work includes internationally-acclaimed recordings at sacred sites, using the unique acoustics and history of each space as the starting point for exploration.

Stroutsos has become perhaps best known for his haunting work on the Native American Flute, and is acknowledged to have made a significant contribution to the preservation of American Indian music and culture. Lakota, Mandan-Hidatsa, Navajo and Salish Kootenai Elders have asked him to set their songs to his flute, which has been invaluable in the authenticity that his recordings embody.

Stroutsos has brought his music and his stories to audiences throughout North America, as well as in Japan and Korea. He can be heard on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery, which led to a command performance at the White House for President Bill Clinton. www.garystroutsos.com

“In his lifetime, Gary has played music from many cultures. His integrity, humanity and humor have opened doors into personal and private worlds.

The gift of songs and relationships with people from around the world has enriched Gary’s life. These are gifts that Gary honors and remembers.”

— Julie Cajune, Salish Montana educato

Carolyn Koebel

Carolyn Koebel has created music for silent film soundtracks and modern dance since 1999, most notably with Blue Dahlia. Since 2012, she has toured mainland China to teach and perform with renowned flutist Rhonda Larson & Ventus. She is noted for her work with Celtic-world music ensembles Fonn  Mor  and An Dro, as well as her spirited accompaniment in improvisational world music styles with guitarist/vocalist Elden Kelly, among other collaborators. She also performs with Michigan Hiryu Daiko and the Rhythm Life Collective. She has released over 25 recordings of diverse musical styles and is an adjunct professor of music therapy at Western Michigan University and Saint Mary of the Woods College, director of international percussion at Kalamazoo College, and a contractual music therapist working in both hospice and special needs settings. www.carolynkoebel.com.

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