MoonStrike with Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate and Matthew Detrick — The Man Who Married The Moon

Crossover Media
2 min readOct 27, 2022

Houston Texas based ‘Apollo Chamber Players’ sixth studio recording; ‘Moonstrike.’ The Azica Records album is the 19th commission of Apollo’s 20 by 2020 multicultural initiative. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate has created music and narration depicting the very colorful American Indian legends around the subject of the moon. Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate is here with us to discuss Moonstrike, and is joined by Apollo Chamber Players founder and violinist Matthew Detrick. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST

The inspiration behind the Apollo players came from the work NASA has been doing over the decades. Apollo founder Matthew Detrick had worked for a long time on curating a space-themed program to honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

Scored for string quartet and narrator MoonStrike involves three diverse American Indian legends and includes traditional songs.

Section II. The Man Who Married the Moon (Isleta Pueblo) includes a Pueblo Lullaby, and the Choctaw Hymn 139.

Our narrator for the ‘Moonstrike’ piece is astronaut and member of the Chickasaw tribe: John Herrington. Mr. Herrington was selected as a Mission Specialist for NASA’s sixteenth Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Known as STS-113, the shuttle Endeavour was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in 2002, with a mission to deliver structural support for the Space Station’s radiators. During this mission John Herrington performed three spacewalks which are commemorated on the reverse of the 2019 Saca-gawea dollar coin.

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