A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. He began playing the guitar as a child. He earned a Master's Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although Gabriel truly enjoys being a teacher his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in masterclass settings.
Voices of Change
Voices of Change is the Southwest's premiere professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of music of our time. Now in its 36th year, Voices of Change fills a unique niche in the music world by performing small ensemble works by 20th and 21st century composers, encouraging and preserving the impulse of musical creativity and imagination.
Acclaimed as America's premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL boldly infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology. Formed in 1998, New York's high-octane ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers.
American dramatic mezzo-soprano Barbara McAlister, of Cherokee Indian heritage, began her operatic career as an apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera Company and Central City Opera Company. After Santa Fe and Central City, she has gone on to perform with the The Washington Opera Company, Cherokee Heritage Center, Arizona Opera, San Diego Opera, Tulsa Opera, Florentine Opera, New York Grand Opera and Opera New England.
Below are music samples from some of the artists that performed at the 2011 Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival.
Brent Greenwood, Chickasaw/Ponca, is a 1994 graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). His work is primarily in acrylics, representing subject matter from historical and current cultural events.
The vivid color and imagery of his works have been celebrated in the Kiva Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and most recently as the 2010 Native Oklahoma's Tourism Guide cover artist.
Brent's recent commissioned work, "Taloowa Ikbi" (Chickasaw words, meaning 'to make song') was unveiled at the "New Identities in Chickasaw Art" exhibit in Oklahoma City as commemorative artwork for the inaugural 2011 Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival at the McSwain Theater in Ada, Oklahoma.
The complete Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival schedule can be downloaded below.