A spoken word performance featuring poet Thomas LaBlanc (aka Strong Buffalo), with musical accompaniment by Jacqueline Ultan, cello and Dean "Dakota Blue" Peters, harmonica. The performance will include the first act of a play in progress, Tatanka, an intuitive historical drama through the eyes of one Dakota's life.
Tatanka Ohitika, (Strong Buffalo) is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota, and a decorated Vietnam veteran. He has been writing poetry before there was anything called Native poetry, starting last century. His words, translated in more than 17 languages, 3 published books, 6 CD’s, lectures and performances, contribute to a world where we use creativity and options other than war, racism, classism, and exploitation to solve the problems that we all share, by just being alive…
Jacqueline Ultan is a performing cellist, composer and improviser with a versatility that is reflected in the diversity of her artistic collaborations that include drum/cello quartet Jelloslave; Mirrorlands (Persian fusion), pop/rock band The Starfolk; improvising collective Sans le System/ iNMiGRATiON; Douglas Ewarts' Quasar; Siama’s Congo World Quartet; flute/cello duo J2J; and free improv ensemble Antigravity. Jacqueline has recorded and collaborated extensively with local and national theater, dance, pop, rock, and new music artists including Kill The Vultures, Roma di Luna, The Jayhawks, Dan Wilson, E. Carlos Sakai, Huun Hur Tu and Kevin Kling. Jacqueline has been recognized with several grants and awards including both MacPhail Artist and Commissioning Grants; MRAC Next Step Fund; McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship; MN State Arts Board Arts Tour MN (Jelloslave) and a Subito Grant from the American Composer’s Forum. In 2011, she was invited to be a featured artist for the inaugural 416 Club Commission Series with support from the Jerome Foundation, at The Cedar Cultural Center. Jacqueline has also composed music for and participated in TED TALKS! Conferences in Minneapolis and L.A. A dedicated teacher on faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music and Minneapolis’ Community and Technical College, Jacqueline holds a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from Yale University.