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.
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
Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
|Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center & Museum
Bears Ears National Monument, Utah
|Friday, June 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
Edge of the Cedars Museum
660 W 400 N
|Saturday, June 18, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
San Juan High School Auditorium
311 North Bronco Blvd
Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, Idaho
|June 23, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
BLM Boise District Office
3948 Development Ave.
|June 24, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Kuna Performing Arts Center
637 E Deer Flat Road
Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River, Oregon
June 27, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
|June 28, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
PGE Pelton Park Campground
3300 NE Pelton Dam Rd.
King Range National Conservation Area, California
|July 2, 2022, 11:00 a.m.
King Range National Conservation Area
768 Shelter Cove Road
|July 4, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
Mal Coombs Park
1176 Lower Pacific Drive
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico
|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.