The Depot is pleased to host a free Pop-Up Concert by flute and guitar duo, Nuclear Okra, featuring Larry Hammett and Miranda Arana, at 7:00 pm on Sunday, March 1, 2020. The Duo will be surrounded in the gallery by the art of Miranda’s father, Jay Arnold. The art remains on gallery walls through Friday, March 6.
Nuclear Okra, an increasingly popular Norman duo, plays a musical fusion of Folk, Flamenco, Balkan, Jazz, Classical, Latin American, resulting in a unique musical tapestry with exciting improvisation and modern techniques. Larry and Miranda have performed as a duo and/or soloists in the U.S. Serbia, Spain, Armenia, Greece, Argentina, France, Mexico, and Turkey.
Professor Larry Hammett, director of guitar studies at The University of Oklahoma, is a recognized expert in both classical and jazz guitar and has been teaching guitar at the college level since 1982. Mr. Hammett’s albums include; Brazos Island, The Larry Hammett Quartet, Fantasias Felines, The Larry Hammett Quartet featuring Genie Jones, Musiques a voir and Live At The Grand House. They can be found on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, Digital Cable Radio, as well as a host of other licensing organizations. He has performed and given master-classes in France, Mexico, Argentina, Greece, Serbia, and throughout the United States.
Miranda Arana grew up in western New York and teaches world music at the University of Oklahoma. After receiving classical training at Eastman School of Music, she went on to discover her passion for improvisation and world music. She spent her early years traveling, working and performing in Southeast Asia. She studied traditional Vietnamese flute with master artists and became a member of the Phong Nguyen Ensemble, one of the premier traditional Vietnamese ensembles in the United States. She received a master's degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University in 1996. In addition to playing with Nuclear Okra, she has been a member of: Alma Latina, (a folkloric Latin American ensemble); Nur, (Oklahoma's premier Middle Eastern ensemble); Banish Misfortune, (one of Oklahoma's longest-lived Celtic music ensembles); and Arabesque. Miranda’s recordings can be found iTunes, CDbaby, and Bandcamp.
Jay Arnold (given name at birth: Arnold Jay Weinstein) was born on August 12, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York and studied at Pratt Institute, The Art Students League (of which he is a lifetime member) and Columbia University. In 1962 he began his tenured position at the State University of New York in Geneseo, NY, where he taught drawing, painting, and art history. He retired in the mid-1980s, and continued to draw and paint until he turned 89, after which time he retired from producing art. He has exhibited at The Art Students League; the Woodstock New York Art Gallery; Montclair State College in New Jersey; the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York; and at numerous faculty exhibits at SUNY Geneseo. View his art at https://jayarnoldart.com/. He now lives in Norman.
Events at The Depot are made possible in part, by Norman Parks and Recreation Department, grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and generous donations from individuals and corporations.