This Native American Heritage Month concert, entitled “Hopi Rhythms,” is presented by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. The concert will show the diversity of Hopi artists from traditional songs, to classical guitar, to contemporary music with reggae sounds. Proceeds with split between the Hopi Educational Endowment Fund and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center's capital campaign to preserve an ancestral Hopi pit house village dating to A.D. 650. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center (www.vvarchcenter.org) is a nonprofit educational organization preserving the sites, artifacts and stories of the Native Americans who have made the Sedona/Verde Valley area their home for over 12,000 years.
The concert will open with an exploration of Hopi cultural connections to the Grand Canyon through music and video by Canyon Records artist and Hopi Vice-Chairman Clark Tenakhongva singing traditional songs of the Grand Canyon. International World Flute and recording artist Gary Stroutsos, who has made a distinctive contribution to Native American music and culture for over 25 years, accompanies Clark on the Hopi Long Flute, the oldest known wind instrument in North America. Gary composed the music for the acclaimed PBS National film Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert.
A percussionist with complete the trio with earthen rhythms through a variety of drums. They will perform with a video backdrop of breathtaking footage from one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
The evening will close with the reggae sounds of Casper and the Mighty 602 Band. Casper Lomayesva is a man on a musical mission. This Hopi / Dine' native has spent the past years traveling throughout the country and abroad performing his unique reggae sound and exposing the realities of life on the reservation. He has performed at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival twice, the 2001 and 2009 American Indian Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. and at Madison Square Garden in New York City for Pete Seeger's 90th birthday celebration along side Bruce Springsteen. CASPER'S success lies in his unique musical vision, and it comes straight from the heart. His lyrics tell the stories of reservation life. It is front page news that's never been heard. The music is reggae with a blend of herbs and spices from a variety of musical influences.
International World Flute and Recording Artist Gary Stroutsos who has made a distinctive contribution to Native American music and culture for over 25 years.