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The special, full-length evening concert kicks off a multi-year commitment by PRAx to presenting musicians who explore the Indigenous history threaded through jazz music. Headliner Delbert Anderson (Navajo/Diné) and his quartet have been celebrated by the New York Times for “putting the Indigenous sound back in jazz.” They are joined for a special appearance by vocalist Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), who will serve as artistic director at PRAx for an ongoing series showcasing contemporary Native jazz performers. The evening includes a performance of an extended work commissioned by PRAx, co-created by composer Franklin Piland, Delbert Anderson, and Julia Keefe. This special premiere will be presented with the OSU Jazz Ensemble and the OSU Chamber Choir.

Alexander Banks

April 12, 2024

"OSU’s new cultural hub throws a party"

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The opening house will feature a performance of the “Oregon Suite,” a newly commissioned work by Franklin Piland, Julia Keefe and the Delbert Anderson Quartet. A piece that explores indigenous history threaded through jazz music performed by the Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble and the OSU Chamber Choir.

Lukas Jolly, Contributor

April 04, 2024

"The Arts Extended: PRAx to open soon"

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Oregon State’s new performing arts center prepares to open April 6.


The opening house will feature a performance of the “Oregon Suite,” a newly commissioned work by Franklin Piland, Julia Keefe and the Delbert Anderson Quartet. A piece that explores indigenous history threaded through jazz music performed by the Oregon State University Jazz Ensemble and the OSU Chamber Choir.

Molly Rosbach

April 01, 2024

"Oregon State’s new creative arts center PRAx invites public for grand opening Saturday, April 6"

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The only opening day event to require tickets is the 5 p.m. headliner concert in Detrick Hall, a performance by Native jazz musicians the Delbert Anderson Quartet with special guests Julia Keefe and Franklin Piland. In the second act, the musicians will play a PRAx-commissioned work with the OSU jazz ensemble and chamber choir.

Dan Taylor

September 14, 2022

"DDAT trio brings unusual musical mix to Green Music Center"

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The concert will include two original pieces by Lakota Sioux composer Franklin Piland, developed in collaboration with DDAT: the “DDAT Suite” and the world premiere of Piland’s “IKTOMI.”


Composer Piland will join them for the residency activities and also will work with the university composition students. It’s all part of the band’s ongoing effort to expand the public’s understanding of Native American music and culture.

Francesca D’Annunzio

February 5, 2018

"Pakistani musicians and UT faculty will perform together at SXSW"

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Every year, artists of all genres travel from far and wide to perform at South by Southwest. One of these groups, Sangat!, is flying in from Karachi, Pakistan, where music is not taught in public schools and is banned on public transportation.

Sangat is a multicultural and transnational music ensemble comprised of members of the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan, and the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin. Sangat’s name is Sanskrit for “a coming together,” which is fitting given the transnational nature of the group.

Sangat’s compositions incorporate Pakistani raga-based music with folk elements from different regions of the country, such as Sindh and Balochistan, as well as instruments and qualities from other genres, such as blues, jazz, Sufi Qawwali and reggae. Comprised of both NAPA and UT faculty, the group resides in both Karachi and the Austin area.

“The overall message (of the music) is one of diversity and inclusion,” Seeman said. “This is really what music is about. It’s about bridging across religious differences.”

Eastern New Mexico University: Press Release

March 2016

"ENMU Presenting Concert on Mother's Day"

Eastern New Mexico University will present the Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band concert on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. in Buchanan Hall in the Music Building on the Portales campus.

The concert on Mother’s Day is free and open to the public.

It will feature a mix of standard and contemporary repertoire, including the world premiere of a work by ENMU alumnus Franklin Piland.

ENMU alumnus Van Ragsdale, one of the most well-respected music educators in the United States, will also participate as a guest conductor. He will offer guest lectures and clinics to students and regional band directors.

“The world premiere is titled Hymn, based on the English hymn Glorius Mother. The work was commissioned by the ENMU Symphonic Band and is lovingly dedicated to all mothers.

The music of Vaughan Williams, Ragsdale, Bryant, Arnold, Nelson, Marquez, Sudduth, Bernstein and Teike will also be featured on what promises to be an outstanding student showcase,” said Dustin Seifert, ENMU Wind and Symphonic Bands director.

The News – International

March 18, 2016

"Sangat brings two worlds together"

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Haneen Rafi: Pakistan Today

March 18, 2016

"NAPA, Texas varisty students' concert delights audience"

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“KARACHI: Shakespeare said it best – ‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ And the concert titled ‘Sangat’ took this thought forward at the Beach Luxury Hotel on Thursday where a stellar ensemble comprising musicians from across borders came together as one.”

The News – International

March 21, 2016

"Sangat sets the tone as NAPA's theatre, music festival commences"

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“The programme is bringing together musicians and faculty from across the world. For the shows, they have come up with original scores that have been very well received,” said Kamran, who is an anthropologist and director of the South Asia Institute at UT Austin.

The News – International

March 17, 2016

"US Consulate Karachi Organizes Concert Featuring Sangat"

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“The university partnership highlights our efforts to develop musical talent in Pakistan, while building people-to-people ties between our two nations,” said Consul General Heath. “This performance shows the power of music and culture to bring people together.”

Khyber News

"US Consulate Karachi Organizes Concert Featuring Sangat"

The partnership between NAPA and UT Austin, which began in 2013, is a three-year grant totaling nearly $1 million. The grant promotes ties between UT’s Butler School of Music and NAPA’s music program. The aim is to help Pakistanis with music composition, music theory, orchestration, piano, voice, string instruments, and conducting. It also promotes ties between music instructors and faculty at UT and NAPA.

Lee University Press

October 4, 2013

"Wind Ensemble to Present Fall Concert Wednesday"

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The concert will feature compositions from five composers. The ensemble will open the concert with Claude T. Smith’s “Festival Variations,” written in 1985 for the United States Air Force Band. Its technical passages coupled with romanticism ranks it as one of the monumental compositions of the 20th century for winds and percussion.

The ensemble will also present the Tennessee premiere of “Somnia Mortem,” composed by Franklin Piland, a 23-year-old student of Donald Grantham at the University of Texas. The piece was inspired by the poetry of Khalil Gibran.

A familiar name, but an unfamiliar work, takes center stage in the concert with Gustav Holst’s “Moorside Suite.” This three-movement work is a masterwork of Holst’s maturity. Written in 1928, six years before his death, it achieves a synthesis of his creative talent as a composer with the folk-song influences of 20 years earlier.

Betty Williamson

The Eastern New Mexico News (formerly the Portales News-Tribune)

November 14, 2012

"My turn - Local music composer demonstrates genius"

We have a young composer in our midst with a name to remember: Franklin Piland.

At the annual ENMU Pops Concert on Saturday night, Franklin conducted the premiere performance of a piece he wrote for the event, a rousing opener called “Flourishes and Mechanations.”

An enthusiastic ovation rewarded the 2008 graduate of Muleshoe High School who will receive his degree in music performance in May from Eastern New Mexico University.

Franklin is a prolific composer with a number of completed works and many more in progress.

“I believe somewhere deep down in my soul that I was meant to compose,” he says.

Even as he applies to graduate schools in other states, he remains profoundly grateful that ENMU music department chair Dustin Seifert recruited him to the Portales campus five years ago.

The two met when Franklin was tuba player in the Clovis Community Band that Seifert conducted.

“He is the largest part of why I have been successful in anything at Eastern, whether it is tuba, composition, or academics,” Franklin said. “I cannot find the words that adequately describe his sacrifice and support. I am so tremendously thankful our paths crossed.”Can a world-class composer get his start on the High Plains?For Franklin Piland, the answer may well turn out to be “yes.”

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