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R. Carlos Nakai - Traditional Flute

R. Carlos Nakai - Traditional Flute

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Nakai’s first album, Changes, was released by Canyon Records in 1983, and since then he has released thirty-seven albums with Canyon plus additional albums and guest appearances on other labels. In addition to his educational workshops and residencies, Nakai has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan, and worked with Grammy® winning flutist Paul Horn, guitarist/luthier William Eaton, composer James DeMars, two-time Grammy® winning producer Billy Williams, among many others. The famed American choreographer Martha Graham used Nakai's second album, Cycles, in her last work, Night Chant. Nakai contributed music to the major motion pictures New World (New Line) and Geronimo (Columbia). He also founded the ethnic jazz ensemble, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, to explore the intersection of ethnic and jazz idioms. Nakai brought the flute into the concert hall, performing with over fifteen symphony and chamber orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was a featured soloist on the Philip Glass composition, “Piano Concerto No. 2: After Lewis & Clark”, premiered by the Omaha Symphony, and a lead soloist along with tenor Robert Breault and mezzo-soprano Isola Jones, in the premiere of Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Roses, an opera by James DeMars. Nakai has also sought opportunities for cross-cultural collaborations. He performed extensively with theWind Travelin’ Band, a traditional Japanese ensemble from Kyoto which resulted in an album, Island of Bows. Additional recordings with ethnic artists include In A Distant Place with Tibetan flutist and chanter Nawang Khechog, and Our Beloved Land with famed Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer Keola Beamer. Recently, Nakai released Voyagers with Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David which blends Native American melodies with Jewish and Arabic songs. Nakai has received two gold records (500,000 units sold) for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit which are the first (and only) Native American recordings to earn this recognition. He has sold over four million albums in the course of his career. Grammy® nominations include Ancestral Voices (1994 Best Traditional Folk Album), Inner Voices and Inside Monument Valley (both for 2000 Best New Age Album), In A Distant Place (2001 Best New Age Album), Fourth World (2002 Best New Age Album), Sanctuary (2003 Best Native American Album),People of Peace (2004 Best New Age Album), and Reconnections (2007 Best Native American Album). He has received eight Native American Music Awards. A Navy veteran, Nakai earned a Master’s Degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. He was awarded the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in 1992, and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University in 1994. In 2005 Nakai was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame. Nakai has also authored a book, The Art of the Native American Flute, a guide to performing the traditional cedar flute.

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R. Carlos Nakai - Mythic Dreamer (CR-608)

R. Carlos Nakai - Mythic Dreamer (CR-608)

This collection of traditional and new melodies for solo Native American flute continues R. Carlos Nakai's exploration of this expressive instrument. Returning to traditional roots, he presents eleven arrangements of Zuni, Lakota, Kiowa and Cheyenne melodies along with seven original compositions and a work by composer by James DeMars. Nakai beautifully demonstrates the haunting simplicity and evocative magic of the traditional flute.

R. Carlos Nakai - Emergence (CR-609)

R. Carlos Nakai - Emergence (CR-609)

The best representation of R. Carlos Nakai's concert performance for the solo cedar flute beginning with renditions of traditional melodies from the Plains and Nakai's own works in the traditional style. Closes with an ethereal rendition of "Amazing Grace."

R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Trilogy (CR-610)

R. Carlos Nakai - Canyon Trilogy (CR-610)

Using digital technology, R. Carlos Nakai creates the sound of the cedar flute echoing in the canyons and valleys of the vast Southwest. His seventeen free flowing compositions soothe the spirit and carry the listener to the far realms of the imagination. Awarded a certified Gold Records in 1998 ~ the first ever awarded for a Native American music album.

R. Carlos Nakai - Earth Spirit (CR-612)

R. Carlos Nakai - Earth Spirit (CR-612)

This album best captures the timeless serenity of the solo Native American flute. R. Carlos Nakai's music speaks to the spirit with a simplicity that transcends place and time. Includes original compositions, traditional Athabascan and Omaha melodies.

R. Carlos Nakai - Journeys (CR-613)

R. Carlos Nakai - Journeys (CR-613)

Journeys is one of the first albums released by R. Carlos Nakai in his celebrated 25 year career and demonstrates Nakai's early mastery of the Native American flute and his special ability to bring peace and tranquility to the mind and spirit.

R. Carlos Nakai - Cycles (CR-614)

R. Carlos Nakai - Cycles (CR-614)

Evocative music capturing the vastness and sweep of the American West and the feelings of Native Americans for their traditions and land. Eight songs for Native American flute with synthesizer accompaniment.

R. Carlos Nakai - Changes (CR-615)

R. Carlos Nakai - Changes (CR-615)

R. Carlos Nakai's first recording and still a favorite. Fifteen solo songs of pure, soothing Native American flute music including renditions of Zuni, Blood and Lakota melodies along with Nakai's own impressionistic melodies inspired by his travels throughout North America.

R. Carlos Nakai - Sanctuary (CR-7060)

R. Carlos Nakai - Sanctuary (CR-7060)

Mountain vistas interspersed with alpine parks, stands of Aspen and conifer forests interlaced with rivulets and creeks of cool, clear run-off emanating from winter's glacial snows far about the tree line... this is the alpine homeland of Colorado's native tribal peoples. Today, the remnants of their summer encampments, in these secluded rocky Mountain fastnesses, are ideal places of spiritual refuge and unencumbered solitude. The nurturing atmosphere offers a brief respite from the cares of the world and within this sacred domain this music was created. The solo Native American flute speaks to the heart with an eloquence unmatched by any other instrument. This collection includes selections featuring the richness of the bass cedar flute in addition to the grace of the standard flute performed by the multi-Grammy nominee, R. Carlos Nakai.

R. Carlos Nakai - Talisman (CR-7084)

R. Carlos Nakai - Talisman (CR-7084)

Talisman celebrates the twenty-fifth anniversary of R. Carlos Nakai's first release, Changes, and returns to the pure, haunting sound of the Native American flute unaccompanied by other instruments. Talisman is a continuous soundscape as Nakai alternates songs for one flute and songs for two flutes in a rich tapestry of music so soothing, it unwrinkles mind and soul...

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