Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cochiti Pueblo: Jir Project Band wins image award

The Jir Project Band Wins the North American Indigenous Image Award (NAIIA) for Outstanding Blues/Jazz Album

Press release date: May 17th 2011
Sometimes music can shed some light on our roots. With “Sun Child,” the debut album of The Jir Project Band, songwriter and guitarist Dennis “Jir” Anderson, Jr. (Cochiti Pueblo, NM) juxtaposes blistering guitar leads with heartfelt lyrics inspired by his family and by positive values growing up on an Indian reservation. “Sun Child” was recently awarded the NAIIA for Outstanding Blues/Jazz Album.
Held on Friday April 29th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Isleta, NM, The NAIIA Show drew guests, including nominees, sponsors, tribal leaders, community members, Native American advocates, performers and fans, from across North America. The event catered to entertainment celebrities, young professionals, managers, actors, musicians, models, filmmakers, comedians, media and designers.
Jir & his band feels honored to have won the award, especially considering the competing nominees, Gary Farmer & The Troublemakers and Gabriel Ayala. The trio has supported the release of the Sun Child album with performances spanning the US, with plans to continue recording and touring. As Jir explains, “The award is an honor and a blessing, but we’re not ready to get comfortable just yet. We hope the national recognition will help propel us to bigger and better.”
With youthful exuberance and exhilaration, the native brother continues, “We have a passion for playing music and entertaining our audiences. These urban moccasins are leading us on an awesome journey. Come join the ride!”
Contact: Jir Anderson 505-710-5494 jirstreet@hotmail.com

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