Jerod Tate’s Music Featured on HBO’s “Westworld”

OKLAHOMA CITY – Classical music compositions by Chickasaw Indian composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate have been adapted for the June 10 episode of HBO’s Westworld.

Parts of two Tate original compositions – Shakamaxon and Oktibihah – are now included as underscoring for the episode titled Kiksuya (Remember).

HBO music executives paired Tate’s music with the Westworld composer Ramin Djawadi, whose body of work includes compositions for Game of Thrones, Person of Interest, and the movie Iron Man.

The show will air Sunday, June 10. Check local listings for times.

According to music supervisor Jennifer Reeve, the description of the episode is “Kiksuya Akecheta travels through Westworld, searching for his lost love and uncovering the truth of his existence.”

Music editor Christopher Kaller, told Tate, “This episode has a major American Indian theme. I cut your music into the show, and the producers loved it!” The two American Indian actors featured in this episode are Daniel TwoFeathers (Lakota/Wampanoag) and Geronimo Vela (Apache), great nephew of Geronimo.

The Emmy Award winning Oklahoma City composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, is honored his music was selected for the Westworld sound track.

“Known for its cultural variety, Westworld has been including an important American Indian element to the show. This particular episode is what drove the music editor to me,” Tate explained. “Some of my music was quoted directly and some used as inspiration.

“After Djawadi made a derivative work out of one composition, Westworld sent me an example of his result. Basically, it is paraphrasing my music using the sonic soundscape (the orchestration). It was really cool to hear what he did,” Tate said. “I am flattered. He was moved by a certain soundscape in my music and used it as a model for his orchestration.”

Such collaboration is common for television. Westworld has tapped works by artists such as the late Amy Winehouse, Radiohead and French composer Claude Debussy, who died in 1918.

This is not the first time national television has knocked on Tate’s door for assistance.

NBC contracted Tate to rework a tune for its live performance of Peter Pan in December 2014. Ugg-A-Wugg, a song featuring Peter Pan, Tiger Lily and her tribe, needed a facelift. “The song is widely considered to employ outdated stereotypes about American Indian language and culture, both musically and lyrically,” the online news site SALON reported in November 2014 when it interviewed Tate. Tate collaborated with Peter Pan executives to revamp the music and lyrics.

Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 movie of the same name starring Yul Brynner. Brynner portrays a robot in a modern amusement park set in the old west. Robots interact with human tourists, sometimes with horrifying consequences.

Shakamaxon, for string orchestra, was commissioned and debuted by the Philadelphia Classical Symphony in 2008. Shakamaxon is Tate’s historically accurate look at a Lenape Indian village that bordered Philadelphia centuries ago. It was there, under an old elm tree, Chief Tamanend signed the 1682 treaty between William Penn and his tribe. Tate dedicated the work to descendants of Chief Tamanend.

Oktibihah a chamber work for solo timpani, strings and piano, was commissioned by Carol Nelson and premiered in 1994. Oktibihah is a very ethereal work that treats an old Chickasaw legend about the formation of a lake that became the home of ancient Chickasaw spirits.

Jerod TateJerod Tate’s Music Featured on HBO’s “Westworld”

Jerod at the Hopi Reservation

April 29 – May 3, Jerod is teaching composition to high school students on the Hopi Indian Reservation. Hopi Junior Senior High School music teacher, Tom Irwin, invited Jerod to participate in their Hopi High Visiting Artis series to help students complete their original compositions, followed by a performance for their community at the high school Coffee Shop.



Jerod TateJerod at the Hopi Reservation

Tate’s “Oshta (Four)” released on “Four Strings Around the World”

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NEW YORK, NY – On April 27, 2018, Sono Luminus releases Four Strings Around the World [DSL-92221] an album featuring the acclaimed Romanian-born violinist Irina Muresanu in a program celebrating the diversity of cultures refracted through the unifying voice of solo violin. The recording includes two world premiere works: Vák by Indian-born Shirish Korde and Oshta (Four) by Chickasaw Nation composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (commissioned especially for this project and dedicated to Irina Muresanu), as well as the US recording premiere of George Enescu’s Airs in Romanian Folk Style. Other featured works include Dave Flynn’s Tar Éis an Caoineadh’; Caprice No. 24 by Niccolò Paganini; Fritz Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo, Op. 6; J.S. Bach’s Ciaccona from the Partita in D minor, BWV 1004; Reza Vali’s Calligraphy No. 5; The Stream Flows: II by Bright Sheng; Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Étude No. 3; and Mark O’Connor’s The Cricket Dance.

The idea for Four Strings Around the World grew out of the challenges Muresanu encountered as she was learning Mark O’Connor’s Cricket Dance (the final selection on the album). An experienced concert violinist, Muresanu was used to absorbing complex scores in a matter of weeks. She wondered why this work was proving so challenging. She writes, “Could it have been because it was written in a musical style completely different from my classical training? And if so, how many more different languages were there outside of the traditional/standard classical repertoire? Inspired by this question, I started my exploration of works reflecting the various ways the violin is employed in musical settings worldwide. What resulted is Four Strings Around the World… a project that immersed me in sounds and colors I didn’t even realize could be produced by my own instrument.”

The album, which is organized into two sections—Music from Western & Eastern Europe and Music from the Middle East, Asia, South and North America—opens with a work from Romania, George Enescu’s Airs in Romanian Folk Style. Muresanu writes, “I thought it fitting to start the journey in Romania, my native country.” Her journey led her to discover composers from Iran, Ireland, and China including Reza Vali, Dave Flynn, and Bright Sheng, all of whom drew inspiration from the music of their own nations. Finding compositions inspired by Indian music or Native American music proved more of a challenge, but it gave Muresanu the opportunity to add to the solo violin repertoire by commissioning works by Shirish Korde, (a composer of East Indian descent), and Chickasaw Nation composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, who wrote pieces inspired by, respectively, Indian ragas and a Native American hymn. Reflecting her classical training roots, Muresanu built the program around the two greatest masterworks of the violin repertoire: the Paganini 24th Caprice and the Bach Ciaccona. Also included is Kreisler’s Recitativo and Scherzo, which embodies (as she writes) “the inimitable Viennese spirit and was suggested to me by my beloved teacher, Michèle Auclair many years ago. I have been playing it ever since and it is my homage to her legacy.” The album ends with the piece that sparked her journey, Mark O’Connor’s Cricket Dance, and brings us back to the United States, where the violinist now lives, works and has a family.


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George Enescu (Romania)
Airs in Romanian Folk Style
1. I. Moderato (molto rubato) [2:59] 2. II. Allegro giusto [1:47] 3. III. Andante [2:12] 4. IV. Allegro giocoso [1:52] Dave Flynn (Ireland)
5. Tar Éis an Caoineadh’ [8:14] Niccolò Paganini (Ireland)
6. Caprice No. 24 [4:58] Fritz Kreisler (Austria)
7. Recitativo and Scherzo, Op. 6 [4:55] Johann Sebastian Bach (Germany)
8. Ciaccona from the Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 [14:08] Reza Vali (Iran)
9. Calligraphy No. 5 [6:36] Shirish Korde (India)
10. I. Alap [4:25] 11. II. Jor [2:23] 12. III. Jhalla [3:27] Bright Sheng (China)
13. The Stream Flows: II [4:23] Astor Piazzolla (Argentina)
14. Tango Étude No. 3 [3:39] Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw Nation)
15. Oshta (Four) [8:31] Mark O’Connor (United States)
16. The Cricket Dance [1:52]

Total Time: 76:10

Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her “irresistible,” (Boston Globe) exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Globe also praised her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist” and the Los Angeles Times has written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable”.
Muresanu is a laureate and top prize winner in Montreal International, Washington International, Pro Musicis International and Queen Elisabeth violin competitions. She has performed in renowned concert halls throughout North America, Europe and Asia. An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu is a member of the Boston Trio and actively performs with Mistral and Walden Chamber Players.

In 2013, Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project. Critic Keith Powers noticed the formidable virtuosic stamina and originality of this program in the Cape Cod Times:

“Four Strings Around the World” not only extends the superbly talented Muresanu in new directions, but offers a glimpse into variations of violin technique and approach that would only be gleaned by attending different concerts in various country fairs, Irish pubs, campfire gatherings and parlors.

Irina Muresanu has a substantial discography on BMOP, Avie Records, Albany Records, Centaur and AR RE-SE labels, most recently working closely with composers Thomas Oboe Lee, Elena Ruehr and William Bolcom.
Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty the University of Maryland and has taught at Boston Conservatory and in the Harvard and MIT Music Departments. She plays an 1849 Giuseppe Rocca violin and an Étienne Pajeot bow.

Jerod TateTate’s “Oshta (Four)” released on “Four Strings Around the World”

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras premiere Tate’s new work for string orchestra and percussion

Chokfi’ – Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion will premiere Sunday, May, 2018 at the Putnam City North High School Auditorium. Commissioned by Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, Chokfi’ features the OYO Sinfonieta with two faculty percussionists.

Tate said about the new work, “Chokfi’ (choke-fee) is the Chickasaw word for rabbit, who is an important trickster legend within Southeast American Indian cultures. Inspired by a commission for youth orchestra I decided to create a character sketch that would be both fun and challenging for the kids. Different string and percussion techniques and colors represent the complicated and diabolical personality of this rabbit person. In honor of my Muscogee Creek friends, I have incorporated a popular tribal church hymn as the melodic and musical base.”

Jerod TateOklahoma Youth Orchestras premiere Tate’s new work for string orchestra and percussion

Milton Academy in Boston welcomes Jerod Tate for residency with student chorus

February 4-8, 2018, the Milton Academy children’s chorus chorus performed a concert with classical composer Jerod Tate and baritone Grant Youngblood for our Middle School in the chapel. To prepare for their concert, students learned to sing in the Chickasaw and Creek languages, and they learned about the influence of language and culture in the creation and sharing of music.

Jerod TateMilton Academy in Boston welcomes Jerod Tate for residency with student chorus

Dallas Symphony to premiere Jerod Tate’s new bassoon concerto

Commissioned by Ted Soluri, Principal Bassoon of The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Tate’s new concerto for bassoon and orchestra will premiere during the Dallas Symphony 2019-20 subscription season at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.

About Ted Soluri:
Ted Soluri became the principal bassoonist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Prior to his appointment, he held the same position with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and the Santa Fe Opera for nine.

Mr. Soluri has made numerous solo appearances, including Mozart’s Concerto for Bassoon in Bb major, KV. 191; Carl Maria von Weber’s Bassoon Concerto in F major and Andante and Hungarian Rondo; Ferdinand David’s Concertino; Richard Strauss’ Duett-concertino for clarinet, bassoon, strings and harp; Michael Daugherty’s Dead Elvis, and Jurien Andriessen’s Concertino.

In November of 2014, Mr. Soluri performed Marc Neikrug’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra as part of a co-commission with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada.

He approached the speedy, highly ornamented outer movements from a high place. Soluri made this music sound like elegant, pleasant play, a celebration of the instrument’s possibilities, and never like a struggle.
-Tom Strini, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In 2006, Mr. Soluri performed two recitals to great acclaim at the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) conference in Muncie, Indiana at Ball State University. Both recitals included pieces not originally written for the bassoon, but rather for the voice, including several opera arias by Puccini and Donizetti as well as works by Gustav Mahler and Sergei Rachmaninoff. These recitals are the basis of an upcoming solo CD which he plans to record in 2016. Mr. Soluri has since played at IDRS conferences in Norman, OK and Tempe, AZ.

Throughout his career, Mr. Soluri has attended many music festivals, including the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. In 1994, he was privileged to work under Sir Georg Solti at Carnegie Hall as a member of the prestigious Solti Orchestral Project. In the summer of 2005, Mr. Soluri was invited to play as principal bassoonist for three weeks at The Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is also a regular performer with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Mr. Soluri has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Grant Park Music Festival Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he had the opportunity to tour with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2005.

While in Milwaukee, Mr. Soluri taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Additionally. Mr. Soluri has given master classes at The Florida State University, the Eastman School of Music, Ball State University, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lawrence University, and the Glickman-Popkin Bassoon Camp.

Mr. Soluri received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Florida State University and his Master of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. His teachers were John Hunt, Jeffrey Keesecker and David McGill. Besides his bassoon teachers, Mr. Soluri credits soprano Maria Callas as one of his greatest musical inspirations. He plays Fox bassoons and is a Fox Artist.

Jerod TateDallas Symphony to premiere Jerod Tate’s new bassoon concerto

Tate appointed Music Director for Toronto production “I Call Myself Princess.”

Paper Canoe Projects and Cahoots Theatre Company have joined forces to produce a new operetta by musician/playwright Jani Lauzon. The workshops begin January 8, 2018 and the final performance is slated for September 2018 in Toronto, Ontario. Along with a stellar production crew, Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate has been appointed as Music Director, Composer and Arranger for this highly anticipated production.

First developed during a Playwright Residency at Cahoots Theatre 2014/15 this 2 ACT Play with Opera is loosely based on the life of Tsianina Redfeather and Charles Wakefield Cadman with selections from the Opera Shanewis: The Robin Woman.

About Paper Canoe Projects:
Paper Canoe Projects was founded in 2013 to support the development and production of multidisciplinary projects in Theatre, Film and Music.

Influenced by the work of Yoshi Oida, Eugenio Barba, Richard Pochinko and David Smukler, Paper Canoe Projects seeks to explore the connection between body memory and creative expression in the development of new works.

About Cahoots Theatre Company:
Cahoots Theatre (formerly Cahoots Theatre Projects) was founded in 1986 by Beverly Yhap and registered as a charitable organization in 1987. Cahoots has the distinction of being the first professional company in Canada with a mandate to present culturally inclusive work, with a reputation for producing theatre of the highest artistic calibre at local, regional and national levels. Since 1986, Cahoots has programmed work that reflects the diversity of our country, and has enriched the artistic field by nurturing the skills and experiences of emerging and established theatre practitioners.

Jerod TateTate appointed Music Director for Toronto production “I Call Myself Princess.”

Verde Valley Sinfonietta welcomes Jerod Tate as Composer-in-Residence

On November 19 & 20, 2017 the Verde Valley Sinfonietta will present concerts featuring Composer-in-Residence Jerod Tate.

The first performance of the event is on Saturday evening, November 18, at 6 p.m., at the Phillip D. England Center for the Performing Arts on 210 Camp Lincoln Road in Camp Verde.
The second performance is on Sunday, November 19, at 2:30 p.m., at the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) located at the Sedona Red Rock High School on Upper Red Rock Loop Road.

Award-winning Chickasaw classical composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate will bring two of his works to the second half of the concert. One is a narrative work based on a Native American folk tale — “Spider Brings Fire” — designed for a family audience. Local actress/musician Shondra Jepperson will narrate the work. The other is entitled “The Indian Spirit at Mesa Falls” and clearly exemplifies Tate’s use of Native American musical influences in classical music.

During the week preceding the concerts, composer Tate will be visiting Sedona schools and the Yavapai/Apache Nation in Camp Verde to conduct music workshops. Students from the Hopi Nation will also travel to Camp Verde to work with him.

Jerod TateVerde Valley Sinfonietta welcomes Jerod Tate as Composer-in-Residence

Tate in Bellingham, WA

November 7-11, 2017 Futures Northwest invites Composer-in-Residence Jerod Tate to present master classes and presentations in the Bellingham community, including Western Washington College, Deming High School school and the Lumee Indian Reservation.

FuturesNW actively recruits students who are low-income, first-generation students from underserved communities. Our staff and volunteers works with students from the 8th – 9th grade transition through their first semester as a college freshmen. Our program helps families remove the barriers that prevent students from being successful by providing them with comprehensive academic support, leadership training, and financial and college advising to succeed in college and beyond.

Jerod TateTate in Bellingham, WA

Santa Fe Students Produce Classical Compositions with Nationally Known Chickasaw Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

Santa Fe Students Produce Classical Compositions with Nationally Known Chickasaw Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
Monday, October 30, 2017 | 11:45a.m.
El Camino Real Academy
2500 S. Meadows Road Santa Fe, NM 87507
Commons Area

For more information please contact: Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) Program Manager, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts or 505.428.5907

During the past week, five Santa Fe music students participated as apprentice composers in intensive workshops, culminating in the premier of five new classical compositions. The young students were coached by nationally known Chickasaw composer-in-residence Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, as part of his IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Social Engagement Art Residency. Students compositions will be performed by The UP Quartet (a professional string quartet comprised of musicians from the Santa Fe Symphony and Serenata of Santa Fe) at the El Camino Real Academy on Monday, October 30th at 11:45am. This event is free and open to the public.

About the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Residency:
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) is proud to announce that The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has funded $50,000 to MoCNA for its 2017-2018 Social Engagement Art Residency. MoCNA is breaking new ground in the Native American art field in developing this practice and understanding its potential within Indian Country. Through this residency and its many other programs, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is acknowledged as a leader and an innovator in cutting-edge art practice. For the past three years, MoCNA’s Social Engagement Art Residency was funded by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) through the Artist Leadership Program for Museums and Cultural Institutions. This partnership offered the flexibility to mold a program based on Native artist leadership that met the objectives of the Smithsonian while supporting MoCNA’s goals in terms of activating contemporary Native artist leadership, capacity and community building and the Native American Fine Art Movement. The first round of residents will meet in Santa Fe from October 22 – November 1.

Jerod TateSanta Fe Students Produce Classical Compositions with Nationally Known Chickasaw Composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate