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“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.”

–Rachel Carson

About Jack Loeffler

Jack LoefflerJack Loeffler is an aural historian, writer, radio producer and sound collage artist who was bo

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rn in Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1936. He grew up in Ohio and Connecticut, and studied music at Julius Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, and Westminster College Conservatory in Pennsylvania. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Loeffler was a jazz trumpeter who performed throughout the United States generally with jazz quintets. From 1956 to 1958, he served in the U.S. Army as a musician in the 433rd Army Band performing for military functions in southern California, or at atomic bomb tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds.

After moving to New Mexico in 1962, he spent several seasons as a fire lookout on Carracas Mesa overlooking the San Juan River watershed. In 1967, he took a curatorial position with the Museum of International Folk Art, and in 1968 with the Center for Arts of Indian America where he both curated the Navajo Traveling Exhibition throughout the Navajo Nation, and conducted field research among Huichol and Tarahumara Indians in the Sierra Madre Occidental of western Mexico.

In early 1970, he founded both the Central Clearing House and Black Mesa Defense Fund, environmental organizations committed to environment

al activism, and preservation of indigenous culture within the context of native habitat. He has continued his fieldwork with indigenous and traditional cultures throughout the American West, Mexico and the Cook Islands recording music

and lore. He has supported himself either with funding acquired through grants for his own projects, or by conducting projects for institutions including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, National Public Radio, the Museum of New Mexico, the University of New Mexico, the Western Folklife Center, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the Arizona Humanities Council, and others.

He has conducted field research among the Navajo, Hopi, Ute, Tewa, Keresan,

Zuni, Chiricahua Apache, Tohono O’odham, Nez Perce, Yaqui, Seri, Huichol, Tarahumara, Mayan, and California Indians; and Hispano, Basque, and Anglo-ranch cultures. He has conducted hundreds of field recording sessions of music, interviews, and the sounds of natural habitats throughout the southwestern quadrant of North America. His traditional music archive contains over 3,500 songs that he recorded on location to broadcast standards.

Loeffler has recorded hundreds of chamber music, orchestral, and choral concerts ranging in repertoires from medieval to modern times. He has conducted dozens of recording sessions that have resulted in LP record, cassette and CD albums. He has either produced or otherwise recorded, written and narrated over 50 soundtracks for documentary films, videos and museum exhibitions.

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3 Responses to “ About Jack Loeffler ”

  1. Lia Martin says:

    Hi Jack,
    Your RMAC Lecture Series article is in the Roswell Daily Record under my name, Lia Martin. It ran on Sunday. My night editor limited my words, which is usual. So, please excuse the lack of real coverage. I am thinking of a longer piece written for magazine publication.

    Lia Martin

  2. Joy Landdau says:

    Fabulous in total

  3. Michael O'Rourke says:

    What is his address? I want to send him a copy of my book.

    I'm an English professor at Tennessee Tech University, an Abbey fan, and I very much enjoyed ADVENTURES WITH ED.