ODE TO JOE

 

(6:00) SATB Chorus, Native America Wood Flute. Copyright Fee: Chorus Score and flute part. Music and Lyrics Copyright 2008, Brent Michael Davids.

 

ODE TO JOE is a new work for SATB chorus and Native American flute about a man named “Joe” Two Trees of the Wappinger people (Siwanoy/Algonquin), and Joe’s passing of his traditional knowledge to a young boy scout in the still wild Pelham Bay Park, now the largest public park in New York City. Two Trees, nicknamed "Indian Joe," was part of a wampummaking tribe from Snakapins along the Bronx River. The Wappingers dispersed from their traditional land. Only a boy when they left however, Joe had no idea where his people had gone. After failing to find them, Two Trees spent his last days back in the wilds of Pelham Bay Park, his birthplace. "Ode To Joe" is designed as a calming journey of memory and admiration for the original people of the northeastern US using an original “ode” especially written as lyrics. Along with wood flute, "Ode" includes the celebratory “lulu” vocalizations of indigenous people, but in a more hushed and musical way rather than the characteristic high-pitched call.

 

"Ode To Joe" was commissioned by West Virginia University-Parkersburg for the WVU-Parkersburg College Chorale, and is dedicated to the lone Wappinger man “Joe” Two Trees, to the young boy scout Ted Kazimiroff, to his son and author Ted Kazimiroff, Jr., and to the author’s book "The Last Algonquin."