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Native American music has never been exceptionally successful from a commercial standpoint, but the rise in new age spirituality has seen artists like R. Carlos Nakai crossing over to the PBS crowd. By fusing ancient musical traditions with a variety of modern music forms, flutist/composer Douglas Spotted Eagle's accessible sound has broken through to a more mainstream audience, making him a leading figure on the Native American music scene. Here, he enlists the help of talented guests like bassist Michael Manring, percussionist Glen Velez, and ambient music pioneer Steve Roach to make Closer to Far Away a soothing cross-cultural collaboration.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s

Douglas Spotted Eagle is a Native American flute virtuoso and composer who, in addition to recording his own albums, has been involved in a variety of film and television projects. Raised in Valley Junction, Iowa, Spotted Eagle began playing the Native American flute at age 12, constructing his own; when his family moved to Salt Lake City, he formed a rock band that had a chance to open for ZZ Top. Having put aside music to raise his family, he began making home recordings featuring flute and synthesizer...
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