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Delbert Anderson selected for apap board of directors

January 14, 2024

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Anderson becomes recipient of cma's pcj grant

December 21, 2023

New York, NY—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, has announced the distribution of $550,395 through three of six grant programs to support the work of 42 ensembles and presenters across the contemporary and traditional jazz, classical, and folkloric genres. 

The 2024 grantees, reflecting a broad spectrum of sounds and stages, were selected after an adjudication process by independent peer panels in December 2023. Individual awards, from $8,580 to $20,000, will be used to support projects in communities across 15 cities in 10 states.

“CMA’s first round of 2024 grantees encompass a wide range of performance styles, cultural traditions, and new musical innovations,” said CMA’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Kwan Loucks, “I am thrilled to see these new projects develop with CMA’s support.”

The grant programs— Artistic Projects, supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation; and Ensemble Forward, supported by the New York Community Trust, Presenters Consortium for Jazz supported by The Doris Duke Foundation; —and grantees, are outlined below. 

D'DAT Releases Kindred Spirits Album

March 8, 2023 | 12:00 AM

Kindred Spirits “A Navajo – South African Story” is an ambitious and unique Indigenous cross-cultural collaboration between two continents, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. The project was given its platform at the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival in South Africa in 2022, when D’DAT travelled to Johannesburg to perform and participate in a cultural exchange with South African artists; the conceptualization and sharing of ideas began several months before in a series of interactive zooms between D’DAT and the South African producers Dan Chiorboli and John Lindemann.  

Anderson Featured in the New York Times

February 24, 2023 | 12:00 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. — To drive the high desert roads of northern New Mexico is to navigate mountain passes, red rock mesas and dry river washes, and to spot the hogans, hamlets and sheep herds of the vast and remote Navajo nation.

Fiddling with the dial on the car radio during my time there usually generates only static. Except one day came the sound of a silken and soulful trumpet, as a station played a haunting ballad, “Narbona,” with unmistakable Navajo phrasing.

The song was the handiwork of the Delbert Anderson Trio, and it felt as if it had arisen from the folds of this land.

The Delbert Anderson Trio receives Jazz Road Grant from South Arts

February 20, 2023 | 8:00 AM EST

Twelve jazz artists and groups receive grants up to $15,000 from South Arts’ national initiative to tour their work across the United States.

Atlanta —February 20, 2023— Today, South Arts is pleased to announce the Winter 2023 Jazz Road Artists—12 artists and ensembles receiving funding from the Jazz Road Tours initiative to promote and tour their artistry around the nation.

Relaunched in 2022 by South Arts with funding from Doris Duke Foundation and the Mellon Foundation, Jazz Road Tours annually supports approximately 50 jazz artists with grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to cover a portion of tour expenses and tighten the pay gap between artists and presenters. Some of these expenses include venue and travel fees, equitable pay for the artists, or costs of management, coordination, and promotion.



Anderson selected to compose film score for New Mexico film COYO.

February 1, 2023 | 10:08 AM MST

A tribal cop once on top of his game. Now down on his luck. And he keeps waking up in places not knowing how he got there?
Anna. Carmen Valdez 
A big City detective from New York who accepted the job in New Mexico. To escape her past. First day on the job she is thrust into a murder investigation. Where are the victims seem to be missing their tongue!
Chief of Police. Ernie Stevens Jr 
A native man who has been on the force 25 years and ready to retire. Seems like the whole town is coming down on him. Because he has not solved the murderers. As the body stack up!
Sherry. Monique Candelaria 
A stripper at the local gentlemen's club. Finds her sister murdered in their apartment. She reaches out to coyo for help.
Amelia.  Candice Neu 
Is a local TV news personality. Trying to solve the mystery. And she will not stop at anything to get her story. She also has a sorted past with coyo. 
Officer Duncan Frankee Romero 
The youngest officer on the force. Seems like it's all he can do to keep the office running. Do his job at the same time.
Sam. Ricky Lee 
A kind of mysterious native man. Who everyone in town is pointing their finger at as being the murderer! skinwalker?

We're very excited about Tracy Bone and Delbert Anderson collaboration on the soundtrack. And the Coyo music video!

Anderson selected for First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital Fellow

January 25, 2023 | 8:01 MST

Farmington, New Mexico - First Peoples Fund, the oldest national Native-led organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous artists, has selected 12 individuals from across the country as recipients of the 2023 Cultural Capital Fellowship.

Local artist Delbert Anderson (Diné) was named as one of the fellows. An artist whose art forms include performance, education, composition and mentorship. Anderson will receive a $10,000 project grant, technical support and professional training over the year.

First Peoples Fund President Lori Pourier (Oglala Lakota) said, “We deeply believe in the transformative power of artists and culture bearers to strengthen and uplift communities. No matter their medium, each artist shares a story reflecting the incredible range of Indigenous cultures across the United States. Whether growing their entrepreneurial spirit or revitalizing, reconnecting and reclaiming ancient Indigenous practices, their work illuminates what is possible and inspires others. Their success creates a ripple effect that impacts their community and beyond.”

Awarded annually, the Cultural Capital Fellowship program aims to increase artists’ capacity to succeed and impact their communities by supporting individuals whose work focuses on passing down ancestral knowledge.

"The 2023 fellowship cohort is an exciting and empowering mix of artists and culture bearers who are ensuring cultural and ancestral knowledge continues to be practiced in their communities.” said First Peoples Fund Fellowships Program Manager, Rachael Nez (Diné).


Anderson Selected for Institution of American Indian Arts 2023 AiR Program

December 2, 2022 | IAIA Residency March 8 - April 20, 2023

December 2, 2023 Anderson made the announcement of being selected for the IAIA AiR 2023 program. Anderson will be a resident to Santa Fe, New Mexico from March 8 to April 20. During theses times, Anderson will work on research, composing, workshops and performing. Anderson's goal is to bring his vision not only to IAIA but the Santa Fe community. For research, Anderson is currently looking into Indigeneous Boarding School Bands and Jacob C. Morgan. It is Anderson's hope to translate some of the music the bands and Morgan use to play during those times. The music will be blended with the sounds of Indigenous melodies and improvisation. These composition will then be premiered at IAIA included other venues in Santa Fe. Anderson seeks to bring back the old collaborations of Comedy and Jazz. Many of the performances will be opened by a comedian in tribute to the days of Nina Simone and Richard Pryor. Another performance which connects Anderson to the Santa Fe scene of musicians and jazz is his Jazz Jams. Anderson started Jazz Jams in Farmington, NM and during his residency, he will start a weekly jazz jam in Santa Fe. In addition to Anderson's research, he will be conducting workshops in music, history and the art of collaboration.  In the end, Anderson hopes to have made an impact on IAIA and the Santa Fe community.