This musical feast of cultural diversity brings together the talents of Native American vocalist and Indie Award Winner Radmilla Cody (www.radmillacody.net), Tibetan flutist/chanter/composer and Grammy Nominee Nawang Khechog (www.nawangkhechog.com), award winning percussionist and improviser Will Clipman (www.willclipman.com), and Cellist for the Philadelphia Orchestra and Founder of Intercultural Journeys Udi Bar David (www.interculturaljourneys.org). Come and experience this multicultural musical performance Wednesday, May 24th, from 7 to 9 pm in the Great Room at Sedona Creative Life Center. Tickets are $18 and are available at Crystal Magic and the Golden Word Book Centre in Sedona.
This Concert is Presented by
seeks to promote understanding among people of diverse cultures through dialogue
and the presentation of world-class performances in music, poetry and other art
forms. Intercultural Journeys explores and celebrates the commonalities
and unique elements of each heritage, which, in turn, creates an opportunity for
dialogue. It is the belief of Intercultural Journeys that beautiful
performances done for the purpose of bringing people together, who might
otherwise be in conflict, gives them the opportunity to play a small part in
contributing to world peace. They are well traveled and have observed
cultures of the East, West, and Middle East. They have also studied
African American, Native American and Buddhist art forms. Their powerful
and original performances and dialogues have been attracting audiences with
specific ties to the featured cultures, as well as art lovers and the general
With an angelic voice of bluebirds singing, Radmilla Cody, a Canyon Records recording artist, Indie Award Winner and two-time Native American Award Nominee continues to maintain Navajo culture by recording music that children sing with pride and lyrics the Dinй elders can be proud of. Radmilla is a biracial woman who continues to touch the lives and heal the hearts of her supporters. Miss Cody is of the Tla’a’schi’i’(Red-Orche-on-Cheek) clan and is born for the African-Americans. Radmilla is the 46th Miss Navajo Nation from 1997-98. For more information about Radmilla Cody visit www.radmillacody.net.
Born and raised in the beautiful and picturesque plateaus of the Navajo Nation, Radmilla Cody’s childhood consisted of herding sheep on foot and horseback, carding and spinning wool, and searching late into the night with her grandmother for lost sheep and their lambs. The highlight of her sheep herding days was standing on the sheep corral singing at the top of her lungs with the sheep and goats as her audience. “All that mattered at that time was the moment of living a dream,” says Radmilla about her early life, which today has become a reality for the young musician. A survivor of domestic violence, Radmilla uses her personal experiences to advocate strongly against the epidemic of violence. It is an issue she has become very passionate about. As a biracial person she attempts to communicate positive messages about her dual identity as children who are biracial or multiracial still bear the brunt of prejudice. Today, Radmilla is grounded on a renewed foundation.
Nawang Khechog is a Grammy nominee and one of Tibet's foremost world music composers and musicians. He is also one of the first Tibetan musicians to be able to break into international world music scene with his original and authentic musical compositions. His music springs out of his feeling and life experience as a world traveling, Tibetan nomad. He plays a veritable United Nations of native instruments - including Tibetan long horn, South American Mayan Ocarinas, Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo, and Tibetan and Native American flutes - as well as more familiar African drums, and other cymbals and bells. Nawang brings the beauty of his and other countries' ancient ritual sounds to a modern audience with original compositions created with an ear towards uniting old and new in an all-encompassing whole. Having spent more than thirty years in India as a Tibetan refugee, Nawang now seeks strength and tranquility in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Living in a town, at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, he looks to the splendor of nature as a continual source of inspiration. Nawang's experiences shape and permeate his music. For more information visit www.nawangkhechog.com.
Nawang was a monk for 11 years and studied Buddhist philosophy and meditation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and many other Tibetan masters. He also lived as hermit, meditating in the Himalayan foothills for several years under the guidance of His Holiness. He aims to utilize music as a means to inspire non-violence, compassion and spirituality and for the freedom of Tibetan people. In the last few years, there has been some signs of interest from PRC government for the future of Tibet by inviting the delegations of HH Dalai Lama and Tibetan Government in Exile in Tibet and China. "I hope", says Nawang, "this is a genuine sign of PRC government's interest in resolving the tragedy and suffering of Tibet. It is hard to trust but it will reveal its true face by year 2010. If this is genuine, negotiation and dialog is best for both sides interests."
Nawang has produced three albums by himself and co- produced two albums with Kitaro and Peter Kater-'Karuna'; a solo album, and 'The Dance of Innocents ' with Peter Kater on piano, ' Wind of Devotion' with R. Carlos Nakai (the most prominent Native American Flutist) ' In a Distant place ' with R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton (one of the world's great designer and builders of unique guitars ) Will Clipman (a leading percussionist. This album , they not only received the Grammy nomination but they also got three prestigious nominations from the 'Nammy Awards' (the Native American music awards) 'the Record of the Year',' the Best Instrumental Recording ' and 'the Best Duo or Group of the Year'.
Nawang has performed at Carnegie Hall, Universal Amphitheater, Radio City
Music Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, The Pentagon, World Peace Festivals, numerous
schools, Art Galleries and RFK Stadium, just to mention a few. Nawang also
supports and participated many times with Peacejam Programs, an organization
with twelve Nobel Peace Laureates on their Board of Advisors dedicated to youth
education and greater human values.
A drummer since the age of three, Will Clipman has mastered a pan-global palette of indigenous instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. In a career that has spanned nearly every known musical genre, Will has recorded over fifty albums, including twenty-one for Canyon Records, the world’s leading Native American music label, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. A veteran of more bands than can be listed here, Will currently records and performs with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, the William Eaton Ensemble, the Wilde Boys (Nakai, Eaton & Clipman), Gentle Thunder, Ananeah, Quiet Fire, Sacred Clay, and the Conrads. Will’s music has been honored with two GRAMMY Nominations for Best New Age Album; a NAMA Award for Best Instrumental Album; and a TAMMIE Award for Best Drummer. For more information visit www.willclipman.com.
A poet since the age of six, Will has published a book, Dog Light; has been included in anthologies such as Dog Music, Tumblewords, The University of Arizona Poetry Center 1960-1985, the National Poetry Competition Winners Anthology, and the Ellensburg Anthology; and has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ironwood, Greenfield Review, Amaranth Review, Stone Drum, Louisville Review, Syracuse Review, Heron Dance, Southern Poetry Review, Rhetoric Review, and Protea Poetry Journal. His writing has been honored with the Whiffen Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Margaret Sterling Award, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Poetry Fellowship, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award of Merit for Poetry. His poem “The Quiet Power” is the official Dedicatory Poem of the Tucson Main Library.
Will is also an accomplished maskmaker and storyteller. His solo performance,
Myths & Masks, magically integrates his original mask art, mythopoetic
storytelling, and multicultural music. Working both freelance and as an
Artist-in-Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Will provides
hands-on interdisciplinary workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and full-length
residencies to elementary, middle, and high schools, community colleges, art
galleries, libraries, adult prisons, juvenile detention facilities, senior
centers, parks and recreation programs, and hospitals. His service to the
community as an arts educator has been honored with the ACA Decade of
Distinguished Service Award and a Governor’s Arts Award Nomination. Will holds a
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts
Degree from the University of Arizona.
Udi Bar-David began his cello studies at the age of seven with Uzi Wiesel in Tel-Aviv, through funding of the American Israel Cultural foundation. He continued his studies at The Juilliard School with Leonard Rose, and later studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music with Max Rudolph. For more information about Udi Bar-David visit www.interculturaljourneys.org.
Mr. Bar-David is an acclaimed soloist in Israel having performed with Israel's leading orchestras, recorded at the Jerusalem Music center founded by Pablo Casals, and toured the country as a member of the Israeli Army Quartet. In 1976, he won the International Villa Lobos Competition in Brazil. He has been Principal Cellist in the International Youth Orchestra, at Juilliard, in the National Orchestra of New York, and with the American Ballet Theatre. In addition, he has served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. Winner of the 1984 WFLN Young Instrumentalist Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the Philly Pops under Peter Nero.
Mr. Bar-David was a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987. He has been affiliated with Astral Artistic Services and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. He was featured in solo recitals of Spain and California, in a string quartet appearance on the TODAY show, and radio broadcasts with Network For New Music. Mr. Bar-David is a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors, and was the Artistic Coordinator for the Hear O Israel concert at the Core States Center. He has recently developed the Arab Jewish Musical Dialogue which brings artists of both cultures together on the same stage. He is also the founder of "Intercultural Journeys", a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia which is committed to producing performances, masterclasses, lectures, and other interactions that provide opportunities for musical dialogue and understanding among a variety of cultural traditions.
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