An Indigenous History of Music in Colorado

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With multi-generation ancestral roots in both Pioneer and Native American cultures, Leon Joseph Littlebird inherited a passion for local history, storytelling and music. This passion inspired him to do years of research into the oral and recorded histories of his ancestors and the neighboring tribes. He is a guest speaker for Colorado Mountain College classes on both Colorado and Native History and his presentations are popular with historical societies and tour groups.

Littlebird delights his audiences with stories that weave the lives and talents of the earliest inhabitants of Colorado into a fascinating series of "how music was discovered". Using many types of ancient instruments he performs examples of how music came to be an integral part of life in the tribes from mountains to plains and the Southwest.

As the presentation progresses and the music unfolds, he includes stories from his Colorado Pioneer family that come to life in original songs. In addition to being a renowned storyteller, Leon is also an internationally recognized songwriter and recording artist who performs on world-class stages all over the country.

An evening with Leon Joseph Littlebird will delight and surprise you with a unique look at local history and wonderful entertainment.

Leon Joseph Littlebird is an internationally renowned musician, recording artist and performer. A third generation native of Colorado with ancestral roots in both Pioneer & Native American cultures his multi-instrumentalist style is called: “Native Colorado Music”. His deep sonorous singing voice and masterful Native Flute and guitar styles captivate audiences.

He performs on World-class stages all over the country and has recorded 10 albums in his lengthy career. His 2016 album “Circle of Dreams” is getting regular radio airplay in Europe.

Recently, he co-composed a concerto tor Classical string quartet and Indigenous instruments titled: “Anthem for the Ancestors” which he performs with Carpe Diem String Quartet.

Leon received a Wurlitzer Foundation music Fellowship in 2014 and has shared the stage with a broad range of highly acclaimed musicians in every genre from Classical to Folk, Indigenous to Celtic, Blues and Rock. In concert he plays numerous instruments from guitar to Native American flutes and percussion.

His songwriting, vocal and guitar styles have been compared to Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash and Eric Clapton.

Event Date
Monday, May 20, 2019
Event time
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost / donation
Free for HRHS Members, $2 for non-members
Contact
programs@thehrhs.org

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