by Jarrett Hoffman
A swirl of CIM connections pervades the next program from the school’s New Music Ensemble, starting with the featured guest: Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate ’00, a composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma who is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition.
“Jerod has been on my list for quite some time,” New Music Ensemble director Keith Fitch said in an interview. “He’s a really interesting composer who’s carved a fascinating career, and who is representative of a community of musicians we don’t often hear from.”
Music from opposite ends of Tate’s career will bookend the program on Sunday, October 31 at 4:00 pm in Mixon Hall. Talowa’ Hiloha (Thunder Song) for solo timpani was written in 1997 when he was at CIM, while MoonStrike for string quartet and narrator was premiered in 2019. The role of narrator, who recounts three American Indian legends, will be played in this case by Tate himself.