September 22, 2000

Native American Flutist Robert Mirabal to Perform at Middlebury College on Oct. 9

Performance to Feature Native American Dances

"My tradition has nothing to do with my music. But at the same time it has everything to do with my music … You look at me now and I’m native Taos Pueblo Indian, but I speak in English. I mean, I grew up listening to Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Theolonius Monk, Charlie Parker, all those homies. But I also grew up listening to round dance songs, grandpa singing, my culture singing: spring songs, rice songs, winter songs, deer dance songs, buffalo dance songs."

---Robert Mirabal

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Native American flutist and composer Robert Mirabal will perform his brand of music—one that embraces the artist’s tribal roots and integrates rock, New Age, and other contemporary genres—on Monday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. at Middlebury College’s McCullough Hall on Old Chapel Road off Route 30. Mirabal’s performance, titled "A Musical Journey of the Native American Experience from the Ancient to the Modern," will also feature Native American dances. From 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., an open discussion with the musician and his fellow artists will be held prior to the concert in the same location. The concert and the discussion are free and open to the public.

Mirabal has toured the world playing his music in tribute to his tribe, the Taos Pueblo of northern New Mexico. His compositions combine traditional and contemporary sounds featuring his flute playing alongside strings, keyboard, percussion, and vocals in his native Tiwa language. Calling his compositions alter-Native, Mirabal continues to explore music from around the globe and incorporate it into his own performances. reviewers have described his music as inspiring, haunting, soothing, and upbeat.

Mirabal’s recording label, Silver Wave, hails him as a "Native American Renaissance man," noting his talents as musician, composer, craftsman, painter, poet, actor, and screenwriter. His handmade wooden flutes have been displayed in the Smithsonian. He’s written a collection of poetry and short stories based on his native culture and he’s worked on several educational and documentary films. Mirabal has received a National Endowment for the Arts award and a New York Dance and Performer’s award for composition.

Regardless of his venue, Silver Wave says, Mirabal’s work "always stays true to his roots," telling stories about his homeland of Taos Pueblo, N.M. For more information about his talk and performance, call the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 802-433-6433.

-- end --