Issa is an internationally recognized specialist in Middle Eastern, Arabic, and North African percussion. He has performed nationally and internationally at venues as noteworthy as the Kennedy Center and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and taught as a guest instructor at Yale and the Chicago School of Music.
Issa is knowledgeable in an array of percussion styles from around the world and is ever expanding into new territory and understandings through both study and travel.
A natural teacher, Issa has instructed and inspired all levels of drummers.
Please join us!
Saturday, November 19th at 2:00pm
Light snacks provided.
Or stay after for potluck and inspired conversation
Hypnotically interweaving storytelling, laughter, exotic instruments and his distinctive voice, Granger’s unique sound and energy have been featured in film, at National Monuments, Sundance Film Festival, International Native American and World Flute Festival, Santa Fe Indian Market and The Gathering of Nations. He has collaborated with R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman, and Peter Phippen. His music can be heard on Music from the Hearts of Space, Sirius, other stations worldwide. NPR’s All Things Considered profiled Granger and his rare Hang in a feature called Like Water Over Bells, and New Mexico Magazine calls Granger’s music, “Richly layered with the sounds of a variety of flutes and percussion instruments…[offering] more depth than some flute solo recordings you might find.”
A Las Cruces resident, Granger has composed for multi-media art shows and the NMSU Dance Department. Awards include the Indian Summer Music Award, New Mexico Music Industry Awards and two Native American Music Awards nominations. A 2012 project, Strong Medicine: Love in Cancer, reflects his ongoing commitment to providing soothing music to hospice patients.
Join us on a spirit renewing magical journey with Randy Granger when award winning composer and recording artist Randy Granger returns to UUWC Sunday, July 26th at 11am.
CDs will be available and/or donations gratefully accepted.
Holy Water and Whiskey Music Service – that All May Be Well.
Join us for Spirit lifting harmonies and humor. Holy Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque vocal trio that plays acoustic traditional, folk, cowboy, bluegrass, gospel, etc and some select “whiskey” tunes. The group bases it’s arrangements on solid and straightforward instrumental playing with a special focus on the vocal harmonies found in the songs that they play. They also enjoy having fun interacting with their audience in the genuine belief that music and laughter are universally healing.
Award winning composer and recording artist Randy Granger returns to UUWC Sunday, April 27th at 11am.
Donations gratefully accepted
Randy Granger, a Southwest World and contemporary Native American musician, is an innovative, award-winning singer-songwriter, composer, recording artist, performer and educator. A native of New Mexico, he’s been featured on NPR’sAll Things Considered, PBS Television, numerous radio, TV, live appearances, Hearts of Space, SIRIUS Mystic Soundscapes, Pandora Radio, NativeRadio.com, satellite and terrestrial stations around the World. The New Mexico Music Commission produced a segment on Granger’s Music for broadcast and Youtube.
Granger’s acoustic-based music blends Native American & World flutes, ethereal instruments like the PANArt Hang, emotive, “Josh Grobin” like vocals, world percussion. A dynamic solo performer Granger and multi-instrumentalist, he headlines many festivals and concerts around the US. Often he performs with other musicians easily. Granger is a lifelong musician, performer and teacher having played professionally with Jazz combos, sang with opera companies as the lead, worked as a Mariachi and Cowboy singer, paid soloist and in bands. His story telling, engaging delivery and entertaining performance brings many a return engagement. Many fans report a mystical, almost spiritual experience during his shows and concerts.
Venues like the Gathering of Nations, Sundance Film festival, the Rothko Chapel, Native Rhythms, Santa Fe Indian Market, White Sands National Monument, Yoga studios, Churces and community concert series along with workshop/concerts combinations are Granger’s regular rotation of touring with more being added each year. He’s performed with Grammy winners like R. Carlos Nakai, Coyote Oldman and the top recording artists and performers in the genre.
Granger’s music is recognized by music programmers in a Lifestyle Award for broadcast as well as consistently appearing in the top 15-25 chart placements according to Zone music and NewAgeMagazine. He’s an ISMA winner, NAMMY nominee as well as winner of multiple music awards for songwriting and recording.
Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation is a diverse group of seekers bound by our Covenant to encourage personal and spiritual growth in a supportive atmosphere. You needn’t believe in any particular creed to be welcome here.