John-Carlos Perea /  San Francisco, California Urban American Indian creative improvised music
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John-Carlos Perea

Urban American Indian creative improvised music
San Francisco, California

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Urban American Indian creative improvised music

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Improvising Home — 03/13/2017

What does home sound like? Improvising Home is a multi-movement musical composition for Native American flute and large ensemble that utilizes creative improvised music to explore questions relating to identity and acoustic ecology in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work is grounded in urban American Indian lived experiences and cultural productions brought into dialogue with the intercultural musical lives of the Intertribal Ensemble members. Utilizing improvisation as a framework, an ensemble performance is not simply the presentation of an aesthetic object but a unique realtime discussion conducted in the moment through sound.

March 13, 2017
1:10 pm to 2 pm
Knuth Hall, SFSU Creative Arts Building
Admission Free and Open to the Public

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Prayer 2012...

Prayer 2012

John-Carlos Perea Sextet, live at the 15th Native Contemporary Arts Festival
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
June 17, 2012, San Francisco, CA
Prayer 2012 by John-Carlos Perea © 2012 Aerep Music, video by Stephen Kane

Perdenal...

Perdenal

"Perdenal" by John-Carlos Perea, © 2013 Aerep Music.

The John-Carlos Perea Trio is Jimmy Biala (drums and percussion), Karl Evangelista (electric guitar), and John-Carlos Perea (electric bass). Recorded live by Yuko Tamura at the Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA, on August 9, 2013. Thanks to our audience, Sandra Pacheco, and the staff and volunteers at the Red Poppy Art House.

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John-Carlos Perea /  San Francisco, California Urban American Indian creative improvised music

John-Carlos Perea is an ethnomusicologist and associate professor of American Indian Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. His research interests include the politics of noise, urban American Indian lived experiences and cultural productions, music technologies, recording and archiving practices, Native and African American jazz cultures, and the Creek and Kaw saxophonist Jim Pepper. Perea is the author of Intertribal Native American Music in the United States (2014, Oxford University Press). His most recent scholarly work is “Recording Technology, Traditioning, and Urban American Indian Powwow Performance” published in Music, Digital Media, Indigeneity (2017, University of Rochester Press).

In addition to his scholarly activities, Perea maintains an active career as a GRAMMY® Award winning multi-instrumentalist and recording artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has recorded on eighteen albums as a sideman and two as a leader, First Dance (2001) and Creation Story (2014). His most recently creative work is Improvising Home, a multi-movement work for Native American flute and large ensemble funded by grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at San Francisco State University.

Photo © 2016 by Genevieve Shiffrar

Lewis Jordan

alto saxophone

John-Carlos Perea

electric bass, Native American flute, powwow drum, vocals

Jimmy Biala

drums, percussion

Karl Evangelista

electric guitar

Masaru Koga

saxophones, flutes
Mar 13, 2017

premiere

Improvising Home

What does home sound like? Improvising Home is a multi-movement musical composition for Native American flute and large ensemble that utilizes creative improvised music to explore questions relating to identity and acoustic ecology in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work is grounded in urban American Indian lived experiences and cultural productions brought into dialogue with the intercultural musical lives of the Intertribal Ensemble members. Utilizing improvisation as a framework, an ensemble performance is not simply the presentation of an aesthetic object but a unique realtime discussion conducted in the moment through sound.

March 13, 2017
1:10 pm to 2 pm
Knuth Hall, SFSU Creative Arts Building
Admission Free and Open to the Public

Nov 21, 2016

appearance

Guest Artist Lecture-Presentation @ University of Washington

The School of Music and UW Department of Native American Studies co-sponsor “Recording Technology, Traditioning, and Urban American Indian Powwow Performance,” a presentation by Dr. John-Carlos Perea, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University.

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Mar 11, 2016

award

Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Grant Award

Perea was recently awarded a Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Individual Artist Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission to compose "Improvising Home" for cedar flute and large ensemble.

Dec 04, 2014

milestone

Native America Calling December Music Maker

As quoted from the Native America Calling website: "Thursday, December 4, 2014 - December Music Maker: John-Carlos Perea Native Americans have really made a splash on the contemporary music scene, including the world of jazz. For over a decade GRAMMY winning recording artist John-Carlos Perea (Mescalero Apache/Chicano) has created music that not only blends music styles but instruments and sounds from Native American culture like the cedar flute and powwow singing. We invite you to join our conversation about his new album, “Creation Story” on our December Music Maker edition of Native America Calling."

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Mar 04, 2014

milestone

Creation Story now available

Creation Story, John-Carlos Perea's second album as a leader, is available in physical and digital formats from Aerep Music via Bandcamp.

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Jun 25, 2013

milestone

John-Carlos Perea remembers Jim Pepper

Jim Pepper House blog post

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May 01, 2012

press quote

The Echoes Blog

"References to R. Carlos Nakai would be obvious, and Perea is one of the few Native flutists who can withstand the comparison."

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Feb 15, 2008

milestone

Music student adds kudos to his CV — a Grammy

Winning CD showcases American Indian singer-scholar

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Nov 21, 2001

press quote

Hear This: SF Weekly

"This young Bay Area bandleader pushes beyond the wanky self-indulgence of old-school fusion to forge a new kind of multiethnic groove."

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John-Carlos Perea

All Inquiries
Date Title Location Type Info
Apr 04, 2014 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: Native American Night San Francisco, CA Performance  
May 03, 2014 Joice Alley Celebration and Cameron Carnival San Francisco, CA Performance  
May 17, 2014 Asian Heritage Street Celebration San Francisco, CA Performance  
Aug 03, 2014 Francis Wong Unit @ Nihonmachi Street Fair San Francisco, CA Performance  
Sep 07, 2014 STRUGGLE FOR A NEW WORLD!: Fred Ho Memorial Tribute Oakland, CA Performance  
Sep 21, 2014 SF MUSIC Day San Francisco, CA Performance  
Feb 08, 2015 John-Carlos Perea Quintet @ Bird and Beckett San Francisco, CA Performance  
Mar 22, 2015 In The Spirit of Flying Eagle: A Jim Pepper Tribute Concert San Francisco, CA Performance  
Apr 20, 2015 Her Beckoning Hands/Creation Story San Francisco, CA Performance  
Apr 22, 2015 Lewis Jordan - only children San Francisco, CA Performance  
Apr 24, 2015 Talking Story: A Roundtable Discussion on Text, Music, and Narrative San Francisco, CA Other  
May 30, 2015 Francis Wong & Tatsu Aoki with Lenora Lee Wong Wei’s Gamble (World Premiere) San Francisco, CA Performance  
Aug 20, 2015 Francis Wong Unit @ The Hammer Museum Los Angeles, CA Performance  
Sep 20, 2015 Karl Evangelista's Taglish @ Bird and Beckett San Francisco, CA Performance  
Feb 06, 2016 Lewis Jordan's Music at Large @ Cafe Pink House Saratoga, CA Performance  
Mar 13, 2016 Lewis Jordan's Music at Large @ Bird and Beckett San Francisco, CA Performance  
Mar 14, 2016 Intertribal Ensemble @ SFSU San Francisco, CA Performance  
Mar 13, 2017 Improvising Home San Francisco, CA Performance  
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