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CD review: Michael Joseph O-glepi/Songs for Native American Flute and Guitar
Thursday, December 25 2008
 
Written by Jamison Mahto,
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cdmusicreview.jpgOn Michael Joseph's latest CD "O-glepi" the sub-title is "Songs for Native American Flute and Guitar" but the album also includes the use of several other instruments; spare use, minimal use of special
effects – sound-bytes in the background. The sun has begun to shine and the combination of guitar and flute begins to haunt me, a romantic notion of loves gone by, of win or lose, of beauty and the beast, of flute and guitar, these sounds won't leave me alone.

The Spanish tone of the song Redrock reminds me of the Spanish origin of the guitar and I wonder then if the Spanish conquistadores brought a guitar with them. They certainly brought horses with them.
The fourth song on the CD, Traditional, plays on the little I-pod shuffle that I listen to and I am transported to a place of peace and serenity as the medicine man plays a rattle over me and prays with
such spiritual fervor that a tear wells up in my eye. The song is performed on a Traditional five-hole flute.

"O-glepi is Lakota for shadow. It is a perfect title for music that profiles the harsh, yet honorable life that the Plains peoples embraced. Even today there is no stronger example of tradition than that of the Native American people. Michael Joseph has put history to music and he has done it well."

CD Review: Blues Nation
Tuesday, August 26 2008
 
Written by Jamison Mahto,
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cdreview.jpgThe Blues Nation’s self-titled CD features five seasoned and experienced players that are top notch. The band consists of Dusty Miller (Comanche Tribe) on Guitar & Slide, Terry Tsotigh (Kiowa Tribe) plays Drums & Harmonica, Obie Sullivan (Muskoke Creek Tribe) on Keyboards, Sonny Klinekole (Kiowa/Comanche/ Apache Tribe) plays the Bass, and Tom Ware (Kiowa/Comanche Tribe) who rounds out a wonderful Native blues band on Guitar & Vocals.

The first trac, “What Do You Think” is a smooth, slick shuffle groove, played like they were on the stage at the Cabooze. The vocal is reminiscent of Bobby Blue Bland or BB King with a guitar that reminds me of Albert/ Freddie King. The guitar player, Dusty Miller has phrasing that is extremely lyrical and romantic. He attacks the fret board like a man possessed and then goes to a tempo change and a slow 12 bar blues progression. 

This CD begins with a blistering blues solo riff over whole note rests and is as much an homage to that page of the homegrown blues manual of righteous notation gained not through books and lessons but the learning that life has to teach. 

Indian film festival debuts with 100 works
Friday, July 11 2008
 
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More than 100 films were shown during the inaugural Talking Stick Film Festival, which was held June 26 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The film festival included panels and workshops with notables like actor Wes Studi, director Chris Eyre – whose supernatural thriller “Imprint” was shown during the festival – and actor Gary Farmer.

The films were largely written, directed or produced by Indians from the U.S. and Canada, with some offerings from indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Samoa.

“I was surprised how much work is out there – and how much brilliant, really stunning, work is out there,” said festival director Karen Redhawk Dallett. She had envisioned finding only 20 to 30 good films for the festival.

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