In addition to being an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, Joanne Shenandoah has also created Grammy-winning albums, won numerous accolades for her musical and political activities, and co-founded Round Dance Productions, a non-profit dedicated to preserving Iroquois culture. It should come as no surprise that a woman of such ambition would tackle a musical project like SKYWOMAN: A SYMPHONIC ODYSSEY OF IROQUOIS LEGENDS, which finds the artist joined by the Syracuse Symphony. Shenandoah's repertoire here consists of songs that reflect Iroquois legends and history, and the orchestral backing gives these stories an appropriately majestic sweep and scope. Shenandoah's rich, resonant alto commands attention, bringing these compelling narratives to life, and the symphonic accompaniment--dramatic and absorbing--provides the perfect context.
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