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Heartbeat, Warble, And The Electric Powwow: American Indian Music

Oct 13, 2016 06:03AM ● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: this content was provided by Parker Memorial Public Library.)
Author Craig Harris, of Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music
(University of Oklahoma Press, May 2016), will speak at the Library on Saturday, October 29th from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm.

The volume celebrates in depth the vibrant soundscape of Native North America from the "heartbeat" of intertribal drums and "warble" of Native flutes to contemporary rock, hip-hop, and electronic music.

Drawing on more than one hundred interviews with musicians, producers, ethnographers, and record-label owners, author, photographer, and musician Craig Harris conjures an aural tapestry in which powwow drums and end-blown woodwinds resound alongside operatic and symphonic strains and Native infused rock, jazz, reggae, country music, blues, hip-hip, and electronic dance music.  

Also the author of The New Folk Music, The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, Harris has written music-oriented articles, reviews, and photographs for newspapers, magazines, and websites for more than four decades. A skilled percussionist, Harris has appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Rod MacDonald, C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Zydeco Band, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Don White, Melanie, Rick Danko (The Band), and Merl Saunders. He currently plays with the Gaea Star Band, with whom he co-hosts the weekly Gaea Crystal Radio Hour for the Dream Vision 7 Radio Network. Applehead/SONY released their CD, Who We Are in November 2015. 
Possessing a Master's in education, Harris taught music in public and charter schools for a quarter of a century before launching his multicultural, participatory, and fun-for-all-ages Drum Away the Blues program in 2009.

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