Genre: Southern Drum, Powwow, Dance Troupe
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Members: Kevin Tarrant, Larenia Felix, Lance Richmond,
Murielle Borst (Artistic Director), Preston Tone-Pah-Hote Jr.,
Melanie Tone-Pah-Hote, Jason Cummings , Joy Tone-Pah-Hote,
Tim Ramsey, Judy Tarrant Fields, Okawaho Washniwatok,
Donald Tarrant, Durwood Vanderhoop, Carson Funmaker,
Silver Cloud Singers and Dance Troupe bio, discography, reviews, interviews, native american music CDs for sale. Buy Silver Cloud Singers music CDs below.
The Silver Cloud Dancers & Singers are an intertribal Native American singing & dance troupe weaving traditional with the contemporary Native song & dance. Silver Cloud has been honored to perform at the commemoration ceremonies for the Year of the Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, The Public Theater, The Apollo, Roseland, and many other New York venues.
Kevin Tarrant is an enrolled member of both the Ho Chunk Tribe of Nebraska and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. He was brought up in the traditional way and has been dancing since the age of 2 and singing since the age of 10, with the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers.
For the past 10 years he has been the lead singer of the Silvercloud Singers, which was formed in 1991 with his brother Michael Tarrant, and friends Randy Whitehead and Lance Richmond.
Kevin Tarrant has performed most of his life, both nationally and internationally, trying to keep native culture alive through song and dance.
Lance Richmond is Mohawk - Akwesasne. Lance is a founding member of the SilverCloud Singers. He is also a member of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Richmond has toured internationally, including performances in Japan, Brazil, at the Lincoln Center, the Apollo, and the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Jason Cumming is a member of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina. He has been singing since the age of 16 and has had the privilege of singing with several well-known southern singers and drum groups. Jason has traveled to powwows all along the east coast and has also made trips to powwows in the midwest and on the west coast.
Tim Ramsey is originally from El Reno, Oklahoma and is of the Choctaw and Southern Cheyenne Nations, and also part Irish.
George Stonefish is Delaware/Chippewa/Ottawa/Potowatamie/Miami. George is a life long resident of New York City, and known as a native singer, dancer, activist and speaker. He is also active in theater and perfomance venues in the New York area. Most recently he spoke at the United Nations. He has worked at the American Indian Community House since 1997.
Silver Cloud Singers Discography and Awards:
Visions from the City is their latest recording, which contains 14 original tracks.
Song from the Clouds was recorded in 1997 in New York City. This CD showcases the unique southern sound that is SilverCloud. There are 10 tracks, 3 originals, that include war dance songs and a round dance song.
Silvercloud Singers was recorded live at the 3rd Annual Temple University Pow Wow.
World's Best Round Dance Songs is a compilation of the best round dance songs of 17 drums, including Silver Cloud.
Music for the Native Americans is the outstanding soundtrack to the Ted Turner television production of The Native Americans, and includes the Silver Cloud Singers.
Critical reviews of Silver Cloud Singers:
The TBS documentary "the Native Americans" was gorgeous, unsettling, provocative. So is Robertson's music for it. With the Band, Robertson created one of the most extraordinary canons in modern pop; a kind of alternative Americana, his songs were honky-tonk fables of heroes and villains set to tunes of a wondrous carnival spirit...Heading the Red Road Ensemble Priscilla and Rita Coolidge, the Silver Cloud Singers, Ulali and Douglas Spotted Eagle among its members Robertson combines the heartbeat percussion and keening vocals of indigenous music with pop and classical elements. Like Ennio Morricone, he has a gift for sound that's both stately and hip, primal and intricate. A shuddering sadness underlies such pieces as "Ghost Dance" and "Twisted Hair," and that's proper this is primarily a chronicle of profound loss. But in the Native American poetry and the fused strength of guitar, strings, natural elements and found sound, there is celebration a ritual summoning of a spirit that lives yet.
~Rolling Stone Magazine (on the Music for the Native Americans Soundtrack).
Silver Cloud Singers comment on their music:
"I was raised around Indian culture and especially visual arts such as beadwork, leather and buckskin work, jewelry making and metal working, featherwork, and quilting," said Tim Ramsey. "Although I am also half Irish, and look very non-Indian, I always wanted to be involved in whatever activities were happening in the Native community."
"I learned to dance at a young age but didn't really start dancing until I was a teenager and my family required me to make every part of my regalia myself. My great-grandmother was one of the most skilled moccasin and regalia makers known in Oklahoma at that time. She had great patience in teaching me what I should know and because of that I have had many rewarding experiences."
This article was published on Friday 20 June, 2008.
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