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episode 374: 18374 Winter Moons

Chickasaw composer and U.S. Cultural Ambassador Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate releases a new album, Winter Moons. Winter Moons is a ballet in four movements based upon American Indian legends from the Northern Plains and the Rocky Mountains, performed with a live storyteller to guide the audience. The title of the ballet is derived from the ancient idea that American Indian stories – some serious historical narratives, and others lighthearted bedtime stories for children, but all usually carrying a moral – are best told during the full moons of the wintertime. Winter Moons was Tate’s very first composition, commissioned by and dedicated to his mother, choreographer Dr. Patricia Tate. Spirit Chief Names the Animal People was part of the original version of Winter Moons and is now performed as a separate work with a narrator.

Winter Moons Tracklist

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate – Winter Moons (1992)

     1. Introduction (The Four Moons) - Winter Moon - Puberty Blessing Songs [13:11]

     2. The Indian Spirit at Mesa Falls [9:36]

     3. Red Plume and The Medicine Wheel - The Origin of Bitterroot [11:34]

     4. She Runs With the Wind - Finale [6:30] 

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate – Spirit Chief Names the Animal People

     5. Coyote [2:16]

     6. Bear [2:18]

     7. Salmon [1:57]

     8. Eagle [3:27]

     9. Coyote (reprise) [1:51] 

Winter Moons Orchestra

Frank J. Toth, Conductor

Recorded at Kulas Hall Cleveland Institute of Music

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