2020-2021 Cultural Arts Series

Clovis Community College to Kickoff Cultural Arts Series


For Immediate Release

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Kolby Rains, Director of Institutional Advancement

Clovis Community College

417 Schepps Blvd.

Clovis, NM 88101

www.clovis.edu

Clovis Community College to Kickoff Cultural Arts Series

The month of November will be the kickoff for the annual Cultural Arts Series at Clovis Community College.  All performances for the “19 ½” season will be held in virtual format due to COVID-19 regulations and restrictions. 

The first performance of the series will be held on November 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM, MST with New Mexico native, Dilbert Anderson of D’DAT Indigenous Performance Productions. D’DAT will also be presenting an educational  outreach to local 5th graders from Clovis Municipal Schools.

Delbert Anderson was born on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, NM. He was introduced to music at an early age by his aunt and uncle in church. In fourth grade, Anderson chose the trumpet after being inspired by a jazz combo that demonstrated jazz and improvisation. After graduating high school, Anderson attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. Anderson moved back to Farmington, NM in 2010 and started a trio called the Delbert Anderson Trio. The trio researched Navajo Spinning songs and created music that was inspired by the Diné melodies. The trio also added their own personal inspirations such as jazz improvisation, Latin & Funk beats, and Jam Bands. The Navajo Spinning songs help create their first album “Manitou.” In 2015, the trio performed an improvised a set with Christopher Mike-Bidtah aka Def-I,also from the Diné tribe. Def-i started listening to hip hop at an early age and was in the hip hop culture early on breakdancing and free styling. Free styling lead to poetry and creative writing. Def-i focuses on the problems and barriers he faced as a young Diné boy living on the reservation. Def-i has made a named for himself as an MC, rapper, educator, activist, and writer. After performing together, the trio and Def-i combined making D’DAT. D’DAT fuses Diné inspired melodies with funk, hip hop, and improvisation to give a sound that is original and distinct. With the music having such a cultural tie, the music is known as Diné Jazz Rap - Indigenous Contemporary Music.

Tickets for the virtual performance can be purchased by contacting the Clovis Community College Cashier’s Windows or by calling 575.769.4031.  Additional tentative performance dates and times for the “19 1/2” Series are being negotiated for the following performances: Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol, TAKE3, and more.  Please visit clovisarts.org for more details.

Clovis Community College (CCC) provides high-quality education and training improves the lives of all students and ignites economic vitality in the Eastern New Mexico Region.  CCC offers over 66 asso­ciate degree and certificate programs, community development, and customized business training and adult education in face-to-face or online format. Whether the courses on campus or online, they are taught by dedicated and qualified faculty.

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