- Timothy Archambault
Timothy Archambault (also known as Tim Archambault; b. Willimantic,
Connecticut, United States, February 9, 1971) is an American Native American flutist, architect, and composer.
Archambault is a member of the
Kichesipirini AlgonquinFirst Nation, a people indigenous to the Ottawa Riverarea of eastern Ontarioand southern Quebec, Canada, and his ancestry also includes several other U.S. and Canadian tribes including the Métis Nation of Quebec. He graduated with two degrees (bachelor of architecture and bachelor of fine arts) from the Rhode Island School of Design, taking courses in music theoryat Brown Universityduring this time.
Archambault began playing the Native American flute in 1989 and has devoted intensive study to the earliest recordings of the instrument, dating back to the early 20th century. He has also studied informally with the Native American flutists
Kevin Locke( Lakota) and Edmund Wayne Nevaquaya( Comanche), and has collected songs of his Kichesipirini heritage, from elders in Canada as well as from archival wax cylinderrecordings made in the early 20th century.
In addition to performing in traditional styles, since the early 21st century he has achieved notoriety for being one of the few Native American flutists to perform
contemporary classical musicon the instrument. He is able to play complex chromatic music on the Native American flute, and is the first enrolled member of a North American indigenous nation to master this style. He has performed the music of Native American composers David Yeagley, George Quincy, and Raven Chacon. His recording of Yeagley's "Wessi vah-peh", for Native American flute and orchestra, performed with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice, will be released by Opus One Recordsin late 2008. He was the first person to use the old "warble" technique (in which a single flute tone "splits" into a multiphonicoscillation) within the context of contemporary classical music. [http://www.fnci.org/member.aspx?ID=10133]
Archambault is planning to record, in late 2008, a solo album of compositions by David Yeagley entitled "Suite Tragique" which is dedicated to the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation, as well as a collaborative composition utilizing traditional Anishinaabeg
musical notationwith the Navajo composer Raven Chacon. He recorded an orchestral work entitled "The Choctaw Diaries" by the Choctaw composer George Quincy, which was released by Lyrichord Classical on June 17, 2008. [http://www.georgequincy.com/] [http://www.lyrichord.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=314] In 2008, he joined an all-Native American orchestra called The Coast Orchestra. [http://www.myspace.com/thecoastorchestra]
As a composer, in the spring of 2007 he composed a work for solo cello for the
Mohawkcellist, as a part of her North American Indian Cello Project; [http://www.dawnavery.com/naicp/bios.php#Timothy_Archambault] [http://www.fnci.org/tabid/74/Default.aspx] this work will be released on CD in late 2008.
Archambault is a member of the
First Nations Composer Initiativeand performed at the National Museum of the American Indianin Washington, D.C.in November 2006. In August 2007 he recorded traditional Kichesipirini flute songs for the National Museum of the American Indian archives and in 2008 he was one of the First Nations Composer Initiative judge panelists who awarded several grants to American Indian musicians. [http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096417548]
Additionally, he performs as a volunteer musician for the
Bugles Across Americaorganization, playing " Taps" on the bugle for the funerals of veterans of the United States Armed Forces, due to the shortage of buglers in the employ of the United States Department of Defense. [http://www.buglesacrossamerica.org/volunteer.php?mode=full&state=NY]
Archambault lives in
Beijing, China, where he is a project manager at the Beijing office of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture; he is currently designing a large-scale architectural project in Southeast Asia. Before taking this position he worked as a Project Architect in Rotterdamand New York City, working on the designs for the PradaSoho Store, the Lehmann Maupin Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan(commissioned in 2001 and completed in 2002), [http://www.oma.eu/index.php?option=com_projects&view=portal&Itemid=10&id=660] and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at the Dallas Center for the Performing Artsin Dallas, Texas(commissioned in 2004 and scheduled to be completed in 2008). [http://www.oma.eu/index.php?option=com_projects&view=portal&Itemid=10&id=62] Prior to joining OMA in 1999, and helping to establish its New York office, he worked for Pasanella+Klein Stolzman+Berg Architects in New York on the Pratt Stabile Hall Dormitory, and for Frank O. Gehry and Associates in Los Angeles on the Samsung Museum of Contemporary Artand the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Archambault is a hereditary senator of the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation, and is active in tribal issues, keeping close ties with the nation, which is based in
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