The Nolumbeka Project presents: Joanne Shenandoah

Saturday, August 3, 7:30 pm
Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A
Featuring Special Guest Bryan Blanchette.
Tickets $20 Advance/$25 door. Seniors, students $15 Advance /$20 door.

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time”, Associated Press. She is a Grammy Award winner with 3 Nominations, over 40 music awards (including 14 Native American Music awards – Hall of Fame Inductee) with music ranging from solo to full symphony and 23 recordings.

“Joanne Shenandoah is one of the finest attributes to Native American Music and Culture.” – Neil Young

A member of The Wolf Clan of the Oneida Nation, Joanne Shenandoah was named "Tek-ya-wha-wha" at birth, which means “she sings” in the Oneida language. Growing up, Shenandoah studied voice, instrument, and tribal song, culminating in a lifelong relationship with music. Joanne Shenandoah draws upon a deep well of personal and historical knowledge of music to create rich and complex songs. Beyond being a highly decorated musician, she is a humanitarian, working as a peace advocate, earth and human rights speaker for justice and has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world She has received multiple awards and praise for her work to promote universal peace and understanding. She is a direct descendent of the famed “Chief Shenandoah” who is noted to have been given a “Peace Medal” by George Washington and established Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (The Oneida Academy).

Bryan Blanchette, who is opening for Joanne, is an Abenaki singer/songwriter, and Berklee College of Music alumni who has been singing on the North East Powwow drum circuit for over twenty years. In 2010 he, along with his drum group the Black Hawk Singers, started writing and performing new Abenaki language songs. In 2015 they released their second CD, “New Songs for the Abenaki”. Bryan is currently writing and performing contemporary Abenaki Language songs with plans for a contemporary Abenaki album release in 2019.

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