Robert Mirabal has been described as an indigenous “Renaissance man”-- musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, horseman and farmer. His many honors include two-time Native American Artist of the Year and three-time Songwriter of the Year. Mirabal won a 2006 Grammy Award for “Sacred Ground,” Best Native American Album of the Year, and is the 2007 NAMMY “Best Male Artist” winner.
Mirabal’s 2001 PBS special “Music From a Painted Cave” remains a benchmark on Native American entertainment.
Living with his family at the foot of sacred Taos Mountain, Mirabal maintains a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people. But he has traveled all over the world with his music. He says that his travels, and being exposed to the rhythms of other cultures, have a profound effect on his own musical vision. He has studied West African drumming, voodoo rhythms from Haiti, and Celtic music, as well as emersing himself in rock, blues and hip-hop. “My music touches on all the music I have heard as I have traveled around the world.” Mirabal says.
Mirabal is joined by Patrick Shendo Mirabal, Paul Fowler and Larry Mitchell for the “In the Blood Tour.”
Patrick Mirabal, musician, composer and actor, is from the Jemez and Taos Pueblos. He draws from stories of his own life to write and perform music. He composed and performed the score for Southwest Repertory Theater’s acclaimed 2003 presentation of The Indolent Boys, written by Kiowa writer M. Scott Momaday.
Paul Fowler is a classically trained vocalist and composer, improvising pianist, and producer. His compositions have been performed at the Borealis Festival of Norway, Japan’s Suntory Hall, Belgium International Marimba Festival, The Kennedy Center and NYC’s MATA Festival. This year brought premiers by the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall and Taiwan’s Ju Percussion Group.
Larry Mitchell has been playing guitar since the age of nine. In 1996 he won the New York City Limelight Guitar Solo contest and the next year toured with Spanish/Italian artist Miguel Bose. Larry has also toured with Billy Squire and Tracy Chapman.
Produced and directed by cinematographer Bill Mitchell, and edited by Vanessa Vassar and Laurie Mitchell, the video “Spirit of the Blood” was produced specifically for the music of “In the Blood.” Mitchell has been shooting and making films since he was twelve and won an Academy Award while a student at Loyola Marymount for his experimental piece “Zebu.”
“We are so pleased to bring this spectacular blend of traditional and contemporary Native American full band experience to Norman.” says Marie Soleil, concert organizer. “This will be an experience not to be missed.”
Special thanks go to The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, The Jacobson House Native American Center, The Performing Arts Studio, the Chickasaw Nation, and The Jeweler’s Bench.
For additional information, call 485-9490.