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Aug. 29, 2001
 
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ACCLAIMED NATIVE AMERICAN PERFORMER
JOANNE SHENANDOAH TO PLAY AT SUNY OSWEGO
OSWEGO -- Joanne Shenandoah, one of the most acclaimed and honored Native American performers, will start this season's Artswego Performing Art Series at SUNY Oswego with an 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall.
Shenandoah also will give an admission-free informance -- discussing her work and inviting audience interaction -- at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in the Hewitt Union formal lounge.
Dubbed "the most critically acclaimed Native American singer of her time" by the Associated Press and "a new-age diva" by USA Today, Shenandoah is known for her blending native music with her own compositions, story-telling ability and celebrated voice.
Her previous album, "Peacemaker's Journey," which details the account of a prophet credited with uniting warring factions among the Iroquois people during the 1400s, earned her further recognition. The disc won the Indie Award for Best Native American Recording from the Association for Independent Music, Record of the Year honors from New Age Voice and Outstanding Musical Achievement from First Americans in the Arts. "Peacemaker's Journey" also received a 2001 Grammy nomination in the Best Native American Album category.
For Shenandoah -- who also earned numerous Native American Music Awards, including Best Female Artist of the Year in 1998 and 1999 -- it is important to produce music with a message. While her previous disc promoted peace, her soon-to-be-released album "Eagle Cries" blends the performer's passion for Native American culture with her affection for the natural world. This folk-rock record features guest artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Mary Youngblood, Bill Miller and Shenandoah's daughter Leah and sister Diane. Leah and Diane are scheduled to perform with Shenandoah at Oswego on Sept. 22.
While some of the tracks on "Eagle Cries" make pointed references to vital issues of today, Shenandoah said she avoids writing what she calls protest songs. "I believe we all have a responsibility on this earth," she said, "but I don't see violence as a rational alternative towards making a better world."
Tickets for the Saturday, Sept. 22, show cost $12 to $15 for general admission, $10 for students or seniors and $6 for SUNY Oswego students.
For more information or for those with a disability needing accommodations, call the Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.
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