Arnold Richardson, known by his Iroquois name as Tsanedos:e, is a gifted musician and sculptor, and he has recently been named a recipient of the North Carolina Heritage Award. His extraordinary gift of flute playing brought him immediate notoriety as a top American Indian flutist in the East, and the North Carolina Arts Council awarded him a Folk Arts Grant to produce his first professional recording, Roanoke, in the 1990s. Since then, he has recorded other CDs of his own; he also has been featured on a number of additional albums. All of his recordings are original compositions, and he plays percussions as well as all other instrumentation. Richardson will be honored at the North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony on May 20, and you can see him in the Museum of History’s intimate, 311-seat Daniels Auditorium for free!
Tsa’ne will be accompanied by vocalist/guitar Denyce Hall, Meherrin-Choanoke, and percussionist John Scott-Richardson, Haliwa-Saponi. Together, they will share melodies both traditional and contemporary.