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Native American Flute Concert - Under the Stars
Thu, June 22, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM MDT
In its 5th Year, the Solstice Flute School is delighted to share the talents of our internationlly renowned teachers in a concert for the public. Relax under the stars at the beautiful Homestead Resort and enjoy the talents of award-winning Flutist of the Year, Nammy winning & Grammy nominated recording artists: Suzanne Teng, Arvel Bird, Joseph Young, Kalani Das & Rona Yellow Robe.
Called a "brilliant flutist" by the Los Angeles Times, Suzanne is the winner of the Los Angeles Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards and two-time winner of the Independent Music Awards (Best New Age Artist).
Suzanne plays an array of flutes from the around the world and performs internationally with her husband and music partner Gilbert Levy and their world music band MYSTIC JOURNEY. As a recording artist, she can be heard on numerous feature film and television soundtracks and commercials. She has performed on the SURVIVOR (live) shows that were viewed by over 70 million people and has had her music featured on America’s Got Talent.
Suzanne started playing the flute at 10 and was teaching by 14. She has taught at universities, conservatories, conventions and camps across the country. A known and respected educator, she has been invited to serve on the panel for Music Education for the National Endowment for the Arts for the past three years. Suzanne received her Masters degree in Music Performance from Boston University and completed the coursework for the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. She is an endorsed artist for YAMAHA.. www.suzanneteng.com
Joe is a lifelong performer and gifted improvisational musician who happens to write and play some of the most innovative Native American flute music going. He exhibits a particular knack for unexpected melodies and dynamic arrangements that take his music far above and beyond the typical flute recording. Classically trained on saxophone since the age of 12, Joe composed his first song at age 11 and fell in love with the Native American flute some ten years later when he wrote his first flute song, Shaman’s Dream, before he even had a flute. Young's panache suggests a theatrical bent, as though many of his songs might have walked off the soundtrack of a movie. As an accomplished composer, recording artist, instructor of Native American and world flutes, and professional sound engineer, Joe has an incredibly broad musical perspective.
Joe brings to us his creative way of embracing the sounds and beauty of the Native American flute, his keen sense of rhythm and percussion, and his expertise in stagecraft and sound. He has a passion for inspiring creativity in his students by expanding their musical boundaries and building confidence through encouraging experimentation. www.josephlyoung.com
Arvel Bird, Southern Paiute, is a classically-trained violinist and multi-award winning recording artist in a variety of styles using the violin and Native American flute. Arvel owned and operated his own master recording studio in Nashville, TN for 13 years while also touring with some of country music's legends including Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price and others. Now in his 11th year of full-time touring,
Arvel has just released his 23rd CD. He is the recipient of 4 Nammys (Native American Music Awards) and was recently named as one of “Cowboys and Indians” magazine favorite performers, along with Buffy St. Marie & R. Carlos Nakai. www.arvelbird.com
Kalani Das is an internationally recognized musician, educator, and music therapist. He has performed with artists such as Yanni, Suzanne Ciani, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, and others. The author of over ten books, including Together in Rhythm and The Way of Music, Kalani presents workshops for educators across the US and internationally. He has published numerous educational videos and is the creator of the Developmental Community Music (DCM) approach to facilitation. Kalani is the author of "The Healing Flute Program," a self-study guide to healing through music. He is the director of Golden State Music Therapy, serving people with disabilities and challenges in the Los Angeles area. Find out more at kalanimusic.com and connect with Kalani on most social media @kalanimusic.
RONA YELLOW ROBE
2014, 2015 & 2016 Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Flutist of the Year, Rona Yellow Robe was born and raised in Havre, Montana and is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana.
Rona is known for her powerful vocal ability, Native American flute style, and heart-filled presence. She picked up her first flute in 2002 and has been on a Musical and Spiritual journey ever since. It is by playing the Native American flute, which she refers to as her "other voice,” that she has become comfortable sharing with all audiences many aspects of her life that are personal and meaningful to her.
Rona Yellow Robe and Bruce Witham have been creating music together since May, 2008. They have recorded three albums, “Voice of the Trees” (2009), “The Gathering” (2012) and, most recently a Christmas album entitled “Lighting Our Way” (2013). In 2010, Rona and Bruce received the Native American Music Awards nomination as Songwriters of the Year for their song, “Voice of the Trees.” Also, Rona and Bruce's album, "The Gathering" was Nominated for Record of the Year by the 2014 NAMA. http://www.ronayellowrobe.net/