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Taloa: An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers

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Join composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate for an adventure in American Indian and Māori music. TALOA — which takes its name from the Chickasaw word for song — is a series exploring fascinating connections in the music of contemporary Māori and American Indian composers. This week (except Thursday) at 8pm.

The creator of major symphonic and choral works heard at The Kennedy Center and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, Tate is our guide as we discover powerful and evocative music by a diverse range of American Indian composers. Along the way, Tate leads us on an unforgettable journey to New Zealand, where we listen in to his on-the-ground musical encounters with leading Māori composers and performers.

During this series of four sound-and-music-rich 2-hour programs, we’ll hear performances by Kiri Te Kanawa, Hilary Hahn, and the San Francisco Symphony. A collaboration between the WFMT Radio Network and Radio New Zealand Concert, TALOA is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and produced by David Schulman, creator of the award-winning “Musicians in their own words” series.

Please note: Throughout the series, the term “American Indian” is used rather than "Native American." This reflects the preference of a majority of American Indians (as shown in a national survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor), and the usage of perhaps the most prominent institution of American Indian culture — the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. Our guidance to on air staff is to avoid using the word "Indian" on its own, and instead use the term "American Indian" or refer to a person's specific tribal affiliation. Also, the host may be identified with his full name “Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate” — or, simply as "Jerod Tate" or "Chicakasaw composer Jerod Tate."

Information about the composers and performers featured in Taloa.

Daniel Gilliam is Program Director for LPM Classical. Email Daniel at dgilliam@lpm.org.

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