17 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the most successful Native American release of all time—it went platinum in 2014—1989’s Canyon Trilogy was actually not very traditional . . . and it was entirely improvised. Nakai’s cedar flute meanders, seemingly unconcerned with structure, calling and responding to itself to create a peaceful, haunting sound that’s felt as much as it’s heard. Behind the scenes, engineers were hard at work, perfecting the reverb and delay effects that give the impression we’re hearing the music in its native habitat: a northern Arizona canyon.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As the most successful Native American release of all time—it went platinum in 2014—1989’s Canyon Trilogy was actually not very traditional . . . and it was entirely improvised. Nakai’s cedar flute meanders, seemingly unconcerned with structure, calling and responding to itself to create a peaceful, haunting sound that’s felt as much as it’s heard. Behind the scenes, engineers were hard at work, perfecting the reverb and delay effects that give the impression we’re hearing the music in its native habitat: a northern Arizona canyon.

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About R. Carlos Nakai

Tucson-based gold and platinum-selling multi-instrumentalist R. Carlos Nakai is a Native American musician and cultural anthropologist of Navajo-Ute descent. Though he received classical training on the trumpet, his numerous recordings consist primarily of resonant solo performances of Native American flute improvisations with a judicious use of synthesizers, chanting, and nature sounds. Nakai only occasionally features arrangements of traditional melodies from various tribes; instead, he is primarily concerned with creating original compositions that capture the essence of his heritage in highly personalized ways. In addition to his solo recordings, Nakai has had the opportunity to create new avenues of expression for the Native American flute through collaborations with various artists over the years, including Philip Glass, the ethnic jazz band Jackalope, slack key guitar master Keola Beamer, keyboardist Peter Kater, contemporary classical composer James DeMars, and multi-instrumentalist William Eaton. ~ Linda Kohanov

HOMETOWN
Flagstaff, AZ
GENRE
New Age
BORN
16 April 1946

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