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Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road heading to Kuwait and Kosovo on American Music Abroad tour

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Kyle Dillingham. Photo provided
Kyle Dillingham. Photo provided

Americana fiddle maestro Kyle Dillingham is embarking Sunday through April 9 on the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad tour, venturing through Kuwait and the Republic of Kosovo. 

The globe-trotting Oklahoma musician was selected from a pool of more than 300 artists, and will be one of only 15 participants in the annual program, according to a news release. 

Dillingham, along with his bandmates and fellow Oklahoma musicians in Horseshoe Road, will again take his musical diplomacy overseas, raising the total number of international countries he's performed in to 39. The tour is organized by The Association of American Voices, and is sponsored by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

"Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I never imagined that I would ever have a chance to travel out of the country, but now I have these incredible opportunities to share my music and change lives all over the world - all while representing this great country we call The United States of America. What a humbling honor. This is now the second time I have been selected for AMA, and the sixth time I have officially represented the United States through government funded touring programs,” Dillingham said in a statement.

The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical history as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences. 

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, American Voices has arranged for Dillingham a series of two-week, multi-country cultural exchange programs in Kuwait and the Republic of Kosovo. This will include Dillingham giving public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews, according to the news release.

"Besides all of the important public cultural programming, I'm very excited to be providing entertainment for U.S. Embassy Kuwait's official U.S. Independence Day Celebration (happening in March because it's just too darn hot in July!). Also really looking forward to being a part of a concert in Kosovo celebrating International Roma Day. Believe it or not, but even 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' has been influenced by Roma culture and music," Dillingham said in a statement.

Photojournalist Luis Cáceres Álvarez recently recounted a meeting with Dillingham, while in Lima, Peru, in a recent feature for BBC News Mundo. (Click here to read.)

Dillingham "played for the first time Peruvian music between guitars, drawers, Czech and donkey jaw in La Catedral del Criollismo de Breña," Álvarez explained. The musician has not mastered Spanish, "but he spoke that universal language that is music," according to the photojournalist.

"I believe that music diplomacy is very important in our world today. And as I always say, we will be doing the best to do our part. Music changes lives; music changes everything; and it only takes a little," Dillingham said in a statement.

Kyle Dillingham On Tour:
MAR 24 - APR 01 - American Music Abroad Tour / Kuwait
APR 02 - APR 09 - American Music Abroad Tour / Kosovo
APR 10 - Church of the Servant / Oklahoma City, Okla.
APR 12 - Venue 102 / Edmond, Okla.
APR 14 - Choctaw Road Baptist Church / Choctaw, Okla.
APR 23 - Festival Of The Arts at Bicentennial Park / Oklahoma City, Okla.
APR 26 - Hilton Garden Inn / Edmond, Okla.
APR 27 - TBA / Nashville, Tenn.
MAY 04 - Edmond Arts Festival / Edmond, Okla.
MAY 12 - Lawrence High School with Lawrence Community Orchestra / Lawrence, Kansas
MAY 25 - Paseo Arts Festival at Paseo Arts District / Oklahoma City, Okla.
JUNE 5 - Tulsa Performing Arts Center / Tulsa, Okla.
JUNE 18 - Healthy Living OKC / Oklahoma City, Okla.
For the most up-to-date performance schedule, please click here.

About Kyle Dillingham
Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was 9 years old, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. He is now managed by legendary Tulsa-based music impresario Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. 

Dillingham has represented America internationally in 37 countries and is one of the youngest ever recipients of the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, earning the title of “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.” He's also performed for many governmental leaders, including the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors to the United States. Through his musical diplomacy, Dillingham has serenaded the King of Malaysia and the Princess of Thailand, and performed during Singapore's National Day Celebration. His performance at the Beijing Central Conservatory was broadcast on Chinese national television.

Dillingham has also been a soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Amici New York Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Orchestra, the University of Central Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.

-BAM 

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Kyle Dillingham. Photo provided

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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