An Introduction to American Indian Music, based on my recently published book, Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow (University of Oklahoma Press, May 2016). Defying stereotypes, this hour-long program combines video, archival audio recordings, informative discussion, and collective music-making to create a soundscape spanning from the "heartbeat" of powwow drums and the “warble” of wooden flutes to the electrifying sounds of Native infused rock, jazz, reggae, country music, blues, hip-hip, and electronic dance music.
There is considerable interest in Indigenous culture and this program will undoubtedly draw a large, diverse audience.
Driven by a passion for music, percussionist/educator Craig Harris (Drum Away the Blues), author of The New Folk Music, The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music, and Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music has covered the roots music scene for newspapers, magazines, and music-oriented websites for more than four decades. A skilled hand drummer, he's appeared in concert and/or on recordings with Rod MacDonald, C.J. Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Zydeco Band, Jonathan Edwards, Greg Brown, Don White, Melanie, and the late Rick Danko (The Band) and Merl Saunders, and is currently a member of the Standing Bear Jam Band and the Gaea Star Band (with whom he cohosts the weekly Gaea Crystal Radio Hour). Applehead/SONY released their CD, Who We Are in November 2015. Possessing a Master’s in education, Harris taught music in public and charter schools for a quarter of a century before launching his multicultural, participatory, and fun-for-all-ages Drum Away the Blues program in 2009