It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kevin T. Tarrant, born January 14, 1969, in Belleville, NJ. He was Hųųczii Zi, Bear Clan of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and Taal'wip' hoya, Sky Clan of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona. A singer, arts manager, and community activist, he was a leader in the Native American community of New York City, serving as Board Chairman and Executive Director of the American Indian Community House. He was a founder and head singer of The SilverCloud Singers, an internationally known Native drum group. They are featured on the album Music for the Native Americans with Robbie Robertson and the Red Road Ensemble and performed at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Ritz, Roseland, La MaMa, Lincoln Center, The Public Theater and The Apollo Theater. SilverCloud also traveled to Brazil where they took part in the international percussion festival PERCPAN VI. As a solo performer, he performed with acapella First Nations group, Ulali, composer David Amram, choreographer Savion Glover, and Award-winning percussionist, Alessandra Belloni, and for the off-Broadway productions of Winterman and New York Theatre Workshop's The Rez Sisters.
In 2016, he founded, along with playwright and director, Murielle Borst-Tarrant, Safe Harbors NYC, an arts initiative that focuses on the development and production of Native Indigenous Theater and Performing Arts in New York City. Most recently he was the musical director and performed in the Safe Harbors production of Don't Feed the Indians - A Divine Comedy Pageant! at La MaMa. In 2019, he was the composer and percussionist for the Broadway production and national tour of Ajijack on Turtle Island.
He is survived by his loving wife Muriel, daughter Henu Josephine (Travis), father Sam. He will be deeply missed by his brothers Donald (Tina) and William; his sisters Judy, Margaret, Kathleen, and Patricia and by his uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and friends.
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