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'International peacemaker' to present concert April 28

RELEASED: April 19, 2011

Frank Montano
Frank Montano

EAU CLAIRE — International performer and speaker Frank Montano (Anakwad) will present a concert at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center as part of the American Indian Studies/Music/Education Studies Speaker Series and English Festival.

Montano, 70, was born and lives on the Red Cliff Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. As a child, he mastered the ukulele, harmonica and guitar, which led to other instruments such as the accordion, mandolin, the six- and- twelve string guitars, banjo, fiddle, keyboard and drums. In his 30s, Montano started making and playing the traditional woodland flute. He also began recording his work.

"Mr. Montano is very innovative native songwriter and I'm looking forward to his performance of his original works," said Dr. Wendy Makoons, director of the American Indian Studies program. "This is an opportunity for the entire campus community to hear songs that are out of the repertoire of mainstream American popular songs, and that kind of diversity is extremely important for all of us to increase our own creativity."

Known as an international peacemaker, musician, storyteller and presenter regarding Native American traditions and spirituality, Montano has captivated audiences in the U.S., Croatia, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and Mexico.

Montano also will speak from 2-3:15 p.m. April 28 in Schneider 111 for the AIS/ENG 102: "Intro to American Indian Expressive Cultures" class. The public is welcome to attend.

The event is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Affirmative Action office, American Indian Studies program and education studies department.

Those interested in attending the April 28 concert or lecture are asked to RSVP by April 27 to Hannah Moen at moenhi@uwec.edu. For more information, contact Moen at moenhi@uwec.edu, or 715-836-4565.

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