Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and San Francisco Symphony Release Tracing Mississippi

On April 28, Azica marks the first known collaboration between a major American symphony orchestra and an American Indian composer on an orchestral recording. The San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Symphony Chorus have joined forces to record works by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. Mr. Tate is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition, incorporating elements of Native American song and dance in his music.Maestro Edwin Outwater conducts both works on the disc, the first of which is Tracing Mississippi, a concerto for flute and orchestra. Flutist Christine Bailey Davis, who originally commissioned the work in 2001, appears as the soloist on this recording. On his inspiration for the piece, Tate remarked: “Mississippi was the original homeland of the Chickasaw Nation until our removal to Indian Territory (now called Oklahoma) in the 1830s. This removal is commonly called the Trail of Tears and involved numerous tribes from the Southeastern United States. Tracing Mississippi is a remembrance of the old country my family lived in and incorporates traditional songs and dance rhythms, along with American Indian percussion instruments.”

Iholba’, for flute, orchestra, and chorus, was originally commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra. Here, flutist Thomas Robertello and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus join the San Francisco Symphony to perform this full-scale symphonic and choral work. Iholba’ sets the text of a poem written by the composer in the native Chickasaw language and is based on a traditional Chickasaw “Garfish Dance Song.” Its two movements are Halbina’ (The Gift) and Iholba’ (The Vision).