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.

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Music included in Let Freedom Sing:

Traditional – Steal Away
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Anon. – Come Join the Abolitionists
Deborah Anne Goss

Henry Russell – The Maniac
George Shirley, baritone; William Bolcom, piano

Jesse Hutchinson, Jr. – The Old Granite State
New Hutchinson Family Singers

Jesse Hutchinson, Jr. – Get off the Track
New Hutchinson Family Singers

Stephen Foster – Variations on Old Folks At Home
Noel Lester, piano

Stephen Foster – My Old Kentucky Home
George Shirley, baritone; William Bolcom, piano

Stephen Foster – My Old Kentucky Home arr. for Solo Flute
Paula Robison, Flute

Stephen Foster – Hard Times Come Again No More
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Jay Ungar violin; Molly Mason, bass; Tony Trishka, banjo; David Alpher, piano; Mark Rust & Garrison Keillor, background vocals

George F. Root – Where Home Is
The Harmoneion Singers: Peter Basquin, harmonium

George F. Root – Battle Cry of Freedom
John Cowan, vocals; Butch Baldassari, mandolin; Mark Combs, fiddle; Bryon House, bass; Jeffrey Taylor; accordion

George F. Root – Battle Cry of Freedom (reprise)
Mar Gardner, banjo; Rex Rideout, fiddle

Henry Clay Work – Kingdom Coming
Clifford Jackson, baritone; Joan Morris, mezzo-soprano; William Bolcom, piano; The Camerata Chorus Of Washington

Henry Clay Work – Who Shall Rule This American Nation?
Clifford Jackson, baritone; William Bolcom, piano; The Camerata Chorus Of Washington

Traditional – De Gospel Train (Get On Board)
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Jesse Hutchinson, Jr: – Get Off The Track
‘The Proper Ladies -Deborah Goss and Anabel Graetz