Native American performer to host residency
Native American singer, songwriter and visual artist Bill Miller will perform, tell stories and lead workshops during a residency starting on Sept. 14 at SUNY Oswego.
Miller’s appearance is one of many campus activities tying into this year’s Oswego Reading Initiative campus-wide book selection, Sherman Alexie’s “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.”
The book is a collection of short stories about struggling characters growing up on a modern Spokane Indian reservation.
“Bill Miller is an extraordinary storyteller, like his friend Sherman Alexie,” Artswego Coordinator Mary Avrakotos said. “While Alexie uses the short story to tell his tales, Bill uses songs. We think this residency will be very valuable to the campus and community.”
The headline event will be a concert with Miller, Jim Beer and drumming group Gathering Thunder at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Beer is a Native American recording artist who blends traditional and contemporary sounds into his music. Gathering Thunder is a 15-member traditional Anishinabek powwow, or big drum, group that has showcased their culture and skills across the United States and Canada.
Three workshops on Sept. 14 will feature Miller sharing his knowledge on diverse subjects. He will give advice on how to build a music career at 2:20 p.m. in Room 102 of Tyler Hall. Miller will address a “Business of Music” class, but the public is invited to attend this admission-free session.
Miller will also speak as part of the English writing arts Living Writers series at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Bell Auditorium, Room 213 of Hewitt Union. The public is invited to hear Miller discuss the creative process at this admission-free event.
For more information on Artswego events, visit the Oswego performing arts Web site at http://www.oswego.edu/arts.
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(Posted: Sep 01, 2004)