C&N Special Series: Taloa - An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers

Feb 17, 2016

Beginning Sunday evening, March 6th at 7pm, JPR's Classics & News Service presents TALOA - An Exploration of Music by American Indian and Māori Composers.

Host Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate will take listeners on 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. The creator of major symphonic and choral works heard at The Kennedy Center and recorded by the San Francisco Symphony, Tate is your guide as you discover powerful and evocative music by a diverse range of American Indian composers. Along the way, Tate will lead you on an unforgettable journey to New Zealand, where you'll hear his on-the-ground musical encounters with leading Māori composers and performers.

During this series of four programs, you’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.

TALOA airs Sunday evenings from 7pm-9pm on JPR's Classics & News Service beginning March 6th.

About the Host: Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. Tate has received honors from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Meet the Composer and Percussion Arts Society and was appointed Cultural Ambassador for the State of Oklahoma in 2008. Recipient of numerous commissions, Tate has had his works performed by some of the country’s most esteemed ensembles, including the National Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. In 2011, he was received a regional Emmy Award from the Heartland Division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work in the documentary, The Science of Composing.