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Native American Vocal Trio ULALI to Appear at Hamilton College

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Posted September 23, 1996
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The Hamilton Performing Arts Series presents the music of Ulali on Friday, January 23, 1998 at 8:00 pm in Wellin Hall, Shambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. Ulali features Pura Fe (Tuscarora), Soni (Mayan, Apache, Yacqui) and Jennifer (Tuscarora). These three women a cappella singers deliver a mystical and sweeping sound that evolves from blending a variety of traditional and contemporary indigenous music of the Americas.

Their songs, accompanied bydrums and rattles, draw on an eclectic mix of southeastern Native American musical styles such as stomp dance, Plains and northeastern Indian phrasing, Mexican Indian musical forms and tunes, as well as the vocal mixes and riffs from jazz, African-American gospel and blues.

American audiences got their taste of Ulali when they appeared on the sound track to the Turner documentary series "The Native Americans" and subsequently had two of their songs featured on an album by Robbie Robertson. Ulali has performed at the 1996 Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta, GA, the gala opening at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian in New York City, at the United Nation's 4th World Pre-Conference on Women at Woodstock 1994 as well as numerous cultural festivals, conferences and concert halls throughout the country and Europe. The group has appeared on NPR radio several times and made their national television debut when they performed with Robertson as featured guests on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Ulali helped kick off the Indigo Girls' "Honor the Earth Tour" in the summer of 1995 as one of their opening acts and contributed to the Honor the Earth album. They have shared the bill with Buffy Saint Marie, Floyd Westerman, John Trudell, The American Indian Dance Theatre, Sting, Richie Havens, The B-52's, Jackson Browne, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Cyril Neville.

Tickets for the Ulali concert at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. For more information, call the Hamilton College Performing Arts Ticket Office at (315) 859-4331.

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