Gary Stroutsos will present “Remembering the Songs” on Saturday at VCA.

COURTESY PHOTO Gary Stroutsos will present “Remembering the Songs” on Saturday at VCA.

Remembering songs of indegenous culture

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:03pm
  • Arts

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.

More in Arts

Acclaimed dancers find a space to create on Vashon

Seattle Dance Collective will perform its debut program at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Music festival will bloom on Maury Island

The lineup, presented by Tip the Scales, will include award-winning musician Stephanie Anne Johnson.

Summer Arts Fest adds bells, big sculptures to the mix

Will include work by more than 100 local artists.

What’s Happening July 11 – 18

A benefit show at the Red Bike; a landscape architect takes on the Eiffel Tower; “Frozen” on stage.

What’s Happening June 27 – July 4

Sona Jobarteh, a glam production of “Tommy,” hip hop luminaries, Seattle Dance Collective, and more.

Legendary artist Coco Montoya will headline at Rotary’s blues festival this weekend

“If it feels good to us, we hope it feels good to the crowd.”

Up-and-coming country queen brings twang to an island show

Her recent album included assists from major players from Seattle and beyond.

What’s Happening June 20 – 27

Get out and journal with Darsie Beck; country singer Miller Campbell; beer and the Blues, and more.

‘Come Together’: a tribute to The Beatles

Island bands and musicians will perform songs from the Fab Four canon.

A garden tour offers up inspiration in living color

Vashon Center for the Arts hosts its annual affair of wine tasting, lectures and art this weekend.

Groundbreaking female Gambian musician comes to Vashon

The show will be a must-see island occasion.

Drama Dock attracts new talent for production of ‘Tommy’

In many ways, the show is about the quiet and long process of recovering from trauma.