Treasured Montana Artist
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch announced pianist Philip Aaberg, of Chester, as the next “Treasured” Montana Artist. McCulloch selected Aaberg from a competitive field of candidates for his ability to bring the landscape of the West to a global music audience.
“Phil Aaberg epitomizes what it means to be a treasured Montana artist,” said Secretary McCulloch. “Through his music, Phil brings Montana life, culture and traditions to the world.”
Aaberg is a classically trained pianist but celebrates many musical traditions by weaving strains of blues, bluegrass and rock into his music. He has performed with the Boston Pops and the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival. Aaberg has played with Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop, and the Doobie Brothers. He has had eight solo albums produced. One of his albums, Live from Montana, was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. Aaberg has also earned two Emmy nominations for his performance on PBS’s All-American Jazz and his soundtrack for Class C: The Only Game in Town.
“As a composer, I am inspired by our landscapes, from the Smith River Canyon to the Makoshika "badlands," from our Big Sky to our shortgrass prairie,” Aaberg said. “But the idea of my next CD, called the Big Open, contains our history and our culture, and they are a deep and un-ending well of inspiration for me: The mixed heritage culture of the Metis, the pow wow songs of the tribes, the African-American jazz musicians of the Ozark Club and Silver City Club, the high school bands and choruses, the classical tradition of our university system, the garage bands from little towns, the folksongs of the cowboys and the Butte miners. I am forever grateful for these and all the artistic treasures, historical and contemporary, of the Treasure State.”
Do you have what it takes to be a “Treasured” Artist?
Submit your artwork or a link to your website for consideration. Contact Katrina Schweitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.