2022 Painted Mountains Tour

BLM Artist-in-Residence Delbert Anderson and his ensemble D'DAT

Image of Delberr Anderson and three additional members of the group D'DAT standing outdoors, with some holding instruments including a trumpet, a stand-up bass, and drumsticks.

2022 Painted Mountains Tour

For the first time in Bureau history, the BLM Artist-in-Residence program will feature a multi-site tour, as Native American jazz trumpeter Delbert Anderson and his ensemble D’DAT visit six National Conservation Lands sites in June and July 2022.

Anderson and D’DAT will spend a day at each location researching Indigenous land stories and music, then a second day holding a workshop in which students will help compose two original pieces of music. They will conclude a final, third day with an outdoor public performance to celebrate America’s public lands.

About Anderson

Delbert Anderson and D’DAT combine jazz, funk, and hip hop yielding a unique and compelling sound appealing to people of all backgrounds. Anderson is a faculty member at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, and bases his music on traditional spinning songs from Native Americans. The resulting sound is rhythmic, multi-tonal, and rich in texture.

Historically, Navajo spinning songs have been a way for Diné to compose new pieces reflecting the present moment. Traditionally passed from generation to generation, spinning songs grew with the times and are still present today.

Anderson found a cassette tape of spinning songs and spoke with native elders to explore fusing spinning songs and today’s modern music. “They had songs for everything, love, war, ceremonies and healing," he said. "The spinning songs I was influenced by were those with messages to our youth about minding manners."

In its performances, D’DAT merges traditional and modern music structures to create an exciting new sound.

About the Artist-in-Residence program

The BLM Artist-in-Residence program provides artistic and educational opportunities to promote deeper understanding of, and dialogue about, the significance of natural, cultural, and historic resources on public lands managed by the BLM – including the National Landscape Conservation System.

The BLM Artist-in-Residence program is managed by a participating BLM field office or site, often in conjunction with one or more partner organizations. Through the program, artists are encouraged to use their observational skills in portraying the variety of cultural and natural resources on BLM lands such as historic structures, artifacts, cultural landscapes, geologic features, and plant and animal life. Learn more!

Schedule of Activities

As part of the 2022 BLM Artist-in-Residence Painted Mountains Tour, Anderson and D’DAT will hold workshops and then play in concert at the locations listed below.

Registration and ticketing for the workshops and concerts will be managed by the artist through Eventbrite, not the BLM. Please connect to Eventbrite for more information.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Workshop Concert

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. 
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum
27501 CO-184
Dolores, Colorado

Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum
27501 CO-184
Dolores, Colorado

 

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah

Workshop Concert
Friday, June 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m. 
Edge of the Cedars Museum
660 W 400 N
Blanding, Utah
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m. 
San Juan High School Auditorium
311 North Bronco Blvd
Blanding, Utah

 

Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Idaho

Workshop Concert
June 23, 2022, 11:00 a.m. 
BLM Boise District Office
3948 Development Ave.
Boise, Idaho
June 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m. 
Kuna Performing Arts Center
637 E Deer Flat Road
Kuna, Idaho

 

Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Oregon

Workshop Concert

June 27, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
PGE Pelton Park Campground
3300 NE Pelton Dam Rd.
Madras, Oregon

June 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
PGE Pelton Park Campground
3300 NE Pelton Dam Rd.
Madras, Oregon

 

King Range National Conservation Area, California

Workshop Concert
July 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m. 
King Range National Conservation Area
768 Shelter Cove Road
Whitethorn, California
July 4, 2022, 2:00 p.m. 
Mal Coombs Park
1176 Lower Pacific Drive
Whitethorn, California
 

 

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico

Workshop Concert
July 8, 2022, 11:00 a.m. 
Dripping Springs Natural Area
La Cueva Group Site

15000 Dripping Springs Rd.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
July 9, 2022, 7:00 p.m. 
Centennial High School
1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, New Mexico
 

All workshops and concerts will adhere to any local or state COVID-19 attendance or social distancing restrictions in effect on those days. Workshop participants must pre-register in advance via Eventbrite. Concert attendees can also obtain free tickets via Eventbrite. The artist will provide Eventbrite links in the coming weeks.