Flutist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos will present “Remembering the Songs,” a concert and multimedia presentation, at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Vashon Center for the Arts.
The concert will include music, a lecture and a 30-minute documentary film about the musical traditions of Zuni, Navajo and Salish nations. Following the show, audience members can take part in a question and answer session, a reception and a viewing of Stroutsos’ one-of-a-kind, hand-made Native American traditional cedar wood flutes.
Originally trained as a jazz flutist by jazz master flutist and composer James Newton and Afro-Cuban flute master Danilo Lozano, Stroutsos is now known for his haunting work on the Native American flute and his commitment to the preservation of Indigenous music and culture. A man of Greek and Italian heritage, he has journeyed to many Indigenous cultures and communities of North America, and worked with Lakota, Mandan-Hidatsa, Navajo and Salish Kootenai elders to set their songs to his flute.
“Remembering the Songs,” which Stroutsos tours, was developed in 2011 at Salish Kootenai College, with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The project reflects time Stroutsos has spent with his Navajo flute maker Paul Thompson, Zuni song keeper Fernando Cecillion and Lucy Vandenburg, daughter of Jerome Vandenburg, a revered Salish man who made and played traditional flutes.
Tickets to the event are $10 for VCA members, $12 seniors, $14 general and free for students age 18 and younger.