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November 20, 2021

Symphony Orchestra: American Indian Voices

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Weill Hall
7:30 PM


Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Chokfi’ 

Louis Ballard, Scenes from Indian Life 

Franklin Piland, DDAT Suite (collaboration with DDAT) 

Franklin Piland, IKTOMI (world premiere)  (collaboration with DDAT)

Please join the Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra for this historic program featuring music written by American Indian composers.  

The concert opens with Chokfi', a humorous and energetic romp for strings and percussion by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a citizen of the Chicasaw Nation of Oklahoma and one of the most prolific composers of American Indian classical music. Next on the program is a rarely-performed work for orchestra by Louis Ballard, often referred to as the father of American Indian classical composition. 

The second half of the program features two works - including a world premiere - performed in collaboration with DDAT, a ground-breaking quartet that combines hip hop, jazz, funk, and soul with their original southwestern feel, DDAT creates a unique sound that has been described as “funky,” “poetic,” “forward thinking,” and “outside the box.”






"Forward Thinking" 

"Outside the Box" 

"Bad Mothers" 

Having been featured on NPR, Yahoo,, SiriusXM, TED Talks and more, D’DAT has been described in the aforementioned terms for good reason. Combining the inspirational and heartfelt lyrics of James Pakootas with the hard- driving instrumental fire of award-winning trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of international touring artist and drummer Nicholas Lucero, and the intellectually explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass, D’DAT has carved its own path with high desert-forged influences and world-class musicianship. 

DDAT is just at home in an intimate venue as it is on a festival stage, as the past several years have proven. The group has burned up smaller clubs, but it also has taken part in such memorable international collaborations as its concert with Mongolian master throat singer Baatarjav Erdene Tsogt. It has played beautiful theaters throughout the U.S. and Canada, while performing in high- profile outdoor settings such as the Taos Vortex Festival, the Ridgecrest Petroglyph Festival,  Globalquerque!. DDAT also has been featured at TED X and performed its trademark "DDAT Suite" with a full wind symphony at Eastern New Mexico State University. Regardless of the setting, DDAT consistently delivers memorable performances with literally no boundaries.


Health and Safety for the 2021-22 Season

Beginning September 20, 2021, we will be implementing the following safety procedures for the 2021-22 Season. 

  • Masks are required when indoors for everyone. 
  • All audience members will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, for indoor seating at the Green Music Center. 

This includes audience members of all ages. For more information about our health and safety guidelines visit: 

*All in-person performances are subject to change if necessary. Notice will be given if a change occurs.



$12.00 includes parking, SSU Students free with ID

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