R. Carlos Nakai w/ Will Clipman
Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Grammy nominated, world-renowned Native American flautist

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March 29 8:00 pm

R. Carlos NakaiOf Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He has recorded more than 35 albums, earned eight Grammy nominations, collaborated with such artists as Phillip Glass, Martha Graham, Paul Horn, and Tibetan flautist Nawang Khechog, and sold over four million d albums. Percussionist Will Clipman plays more than a hundred instruments, including frame drum, rattles, cajon, berimbau, Tibetan bowls, Balinese anklun, and bongos, and has earned six Grammy nominations himself, including one for his solo album, Pathfinder. The music that these two make together is elemental, full of earth, sky, fire, and water. What does that mean? It means that the music sounds and feels like a direct connection to the natural world. No office buildings, no cubicles, no wall-to-wall carpet, no acoustic ceiling – just that earthly and ethereal flute roaming where it will, questioning, imploring, with an undercurrent of percussion entering the musical conversation now and then. Their latest collaboration, Awakening the Fire, “halts you in your tracks,” says the website World Music Central, “insisting that you listen and breathe in this glorious music.”

Carlos was born in Flagstaff, Arizona, and began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure. His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it. As an artist, he is an adventurer and risk taker, always giving his musical imagination free rein. “Our primary importance as musicians is trying to tell people that history can’t be changed, but the future can be,” he says. “Personally, I feel I should try to contribute something that would encourage people to change, to become more positive about our situation, to reorganize and reorient ourselves together instead of continuing to build walls.” Here’s how Billboard Magazine describes the collaboration of R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman: “Together they sculpt an impressionistic world chamber music, bathing in reverberating atmospheres. Like a Georgia O’Keefe painting, this is a fragile and introspective flower in the desert.” Sometimes you have to stop and smell the flower in the desert, listen to the flute and the drum. So stop. Listen. Breathe. Exult.

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