Cameron University to present free Native American flute concert and lecture

The Cameron University School of Liberal Arts will present a free Native American flute concert and lecture  featuring Tim Nevaquaya and Calvert Nevaquaya, noted Comanche flute artists, and Dr. Paula Conlon, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma. The event takes place on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall and is open to the public at no charge.

Conlon will present a lecture/performance on her research on the history and contexts of Native American flute playing. In addition to performing a number of songs on the Native American flute, Tim Nevaquaya and Calvert Nevaquaya will talk about how they learned to play the instrument from their late father, Doc Tate Nevaquaya, one of the most renowned contemporary Native American flautists.

Prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance, Conlon will present a workshop in learning to play the Native American flute. The workshop starts at 5 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall; seating is limited and requires reservations. The workshop is free of charge and does not require participants to have a flute or to have prior experience with Native American flute. To reserve a seat for the workshop only, call 581-2491.

Conlon has been studying indigenous music and dance of North America since the 1980s. A member of the OU faculty since 1996, she teaches Native American and world music classes at OU’s School of Music and Native American Studies Program. She also leads experiential seminars in the Native American flute and its music.

Tim Nevaquaya and Calvert Nevaquaya are sons of prominent Indian artist Doc Tate Nevaquaya, who was instrumental in the rejuvenation of traditional Native American flute playing in the 1960s. Both are accomplished visual artists in addition to performing and recording artists and flute makers. Last fall, they played Carnegie Hall in a Jazz/ Native American music fusion event with the Chucho Valdez Quintet.

This event is made possible by a grant from the Clodus and Pauline (Chaat) Smith Endowed Lectureship in American Indian Studies.


April 18, 2013