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

Performance to Feature Native American

“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.”


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

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.

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