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R. Carlos Nakai

Tucson-based 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 the ethnic jazz band Jackalope, keyboardist Peter Kater, contemporary classical composer James DeMars, and multi-instrumentalist William Eaton. ~ Linda Kohanov
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Reconnections

1. Connections

2. Dreaming Worlds

3. Crystal Radiance

4. Honor Your Love

5. Ethno-Dimensions

6. Two Warriors, Eyes Watering

7. Prairie Fires

8. Native Urban

9. Excursions Into Memory

10. Zona

11. Reconnections

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Track List: Best Of Nakai

1. Shaman's Call

2. Whippoorwill

3. Song For The Morning Star

4. Red Streaking Into Water

5. Carry The Gift

6. Eye Of The Wind

7. KAMUI

8. Feather, Stone And Light

9. Crow Canyon

10. My Wild Heart Sings

11. Lake That Speaks

12. Whippoorwill

13. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Fourth World

1. Fourth World, Rainbow World

2. Shaman's Call

3. Comes The Dawn

4. Sonoran Nights

5. Whippoorwill

6. Eye Of The Eagle

7. Garden Of Dreams

8. Into The Twilight

9. Under The Beautiful Sky

10. Little Dog

11. Meditations On Dinetah

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Track List: Inner Voices

1. Inner Voices

2. Canyon Reverie

3. Winter Solstice

4. 12/20/82 Song

5. Amazing Grace

6. Daybreak Vision

7. Kokopelli Wind

9. Catfish Muse

10. Woodsong C

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Track List: Big Medicine

1. Tsunami

2. Crow Canyon

3. Big Medicine

4. Go 'Round Mary

5. Makeda

6. Newfoundland

7. Schroeder

8. Montana Grass Dance

9. Prairie Dog

10. Chota Spirits

11. New Chant

12. Mitakuye Oyasin

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Track List: Emergence

1. Dreamer's Chant

2. Solstice Prayer

4. Whirlwinds Dancing

5. Red-Tailed Hawks

6. Coyote Rainbows

8. The Young Old Warrior

9. Red Streaking Into The Water

10. Willow People

15. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Canyon Trilogy

1. For Morning Star

2. Daybreak Vision

3. Ancestral Home

4. Echoes Of Time

5. Inward Journey

6. Creation Chant

7. Canyon People

8. Turquoise World

9. Cleft In The Sky

10. Spiral Passage

11. World Of Rainbows

12. Waking Song

13. The Sacred Reed

14. Kokopelli Wind

15. Departure

16. Into The Maze

17. Homage To The Ancient Ones

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Track List: Canyon Trilogy (Deluxe Platinum Edition)

1. Song For The Morning Star

2. Daybreak Vision

3. Ancestral Home

4. Echoes Of Time

5. Inward Journey

6. Creation Chant

7. Canyon People

8. Turquoise World

9. Cleft In The Sky

10. Spiral Passage

11. World Of Rainbows

12. Walking Song

13. The Sacred Reed

14. Kokopelli Wind

15. Departure

16. Into The Maze

17. Homage To The Ancient Ones

18. Within The Sacred

19. Mysteries Past

20. Images In Sound

21. Place Of Emergence - Sipo'phe

22. That Which Surrounds Me

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Track List: Earth Spirit

1. Shaman's Call

2. Canyon Reverie

3. In Media Res

4. Gateway

5. Athabascan Song

6. Coyote Animus

7. Song Of The Evening Star

8. Ancient Dreams

9. Catfish Muse

10. Star Chant

11. Aura Aurealis

12. Crystal Canyon

13. Omaha Song

14. Nemi

15. Earth Spirit

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Track List: Cycles

1. Cries

2. Elements

3. Origins

4. Shelter

5. Ritual

6. Creativity

7. Future/Past

8. Cycles

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My goodness! Such beautiful music! Thank you! It soothes my mind and drifts me to places to contemplate the World.
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Loved that Dan Fogelberg introduced me to Carlos at his concerts. He would have this music playing while people entered the arena where he would be performing. RIP Dan!
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sberryc211
I love the relaxing music. Its great to work by too. My dogs and I all enjoy it and it puts us all at ease to just meditate with it playing in the background. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with the world.
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Nice music man :)
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And probably ohjoy your kids will be 1/16 ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺
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karmarules
Namaste ��
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I've been enchanted by Native American music artists forever.. I feel very uplifted sometimes & other times I feel the pain of the people who suffered greatly and the music reminds me to embrace the rich culture of the people who first settled here & honored the earth, animals, Mother Nature & diverse nations of Native people.
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My great great great great grandfather (not sure exactly on how many greats) was Cherokee 'Chief' Wolfe (with an e). My mom was 1/4 so I guess I'm an 1/8
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Very interesting solo...
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❤️
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I like you
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tim92368
Sometimes it is nice to hear the depth of a good musical arrangement. Integrating the ancient forms with creative spirit can make some beautiful pieces. Thank you.
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I was lucky to get this very CD form this man for 3 dollars it is worth more like 20 dollars….I have just learned that native americans are the poorest group in out nation. They take lots of food stamps and snap form us tax payers….Hey I think I would love to help feed theses neighbors of mine…the poorest is in the Dakotas and Alaska . Just to think they could feed themselves 300 years a go now they need help. I do not trust our government in do this…we the people of the USA should do it.

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Very expressive.
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That's exactly why I listen to this type of music.
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I am not native American but this is great relaxing music,very peaceful
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wileccoyote
Nothing like sitting and listening to the peaceful music. It takes my mind away from today and brings me back to my roots which started in Tucson AZ. Late 40's Thank you
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rule34luna
For years I've grown up listening to Nakai, and I never grow tired. Thank-you, My Father. I shall not forget the Soul of my ancestors.
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rogan.brenda n
Very relaxing music.
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so beautiful ..
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carolhtenney
I've listened to Nakai's music for about 20 years - it has been so inspirationa l in my intuitive artwork, always bringing new visions to be expressed out into the world.
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peaceful & spell binding, while revisiting a past of my ancestors
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After a long days work I love to hear pleasant music that relaxes my mind and imagine waterfalls and the woods then I go to sleep and awaken refreshen thank you for such good music
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love this peaceful flute
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Creativity is haunting and beautiful. Comes full circle. This song was featured at the Heard museum
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This takes me where my ancestors once was, when there was no white man on this beautiful land, where the air was clean, the river's was pure, the land green, the trees grew tall, only toke what was use, they was no waste. Live off the land, did not destroy what was not our. Thank you my father, my creator. My mother the giver of life.
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I think his music is spiritual and beautiful to listen to. I have listened to his music since 1994 I believe. It takes me to a very peaceful place.
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His flute music is so inspirationa l and peaceful. Excellent meditation music
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He brings out the beauty in nature, such an inspiration ! ����
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He brings out the beauty in nature, such an inspiration! ����
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thank you carlos nakai for this lovely music
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MY GRANDFATHER OF THE SKY HELP US WE THE PEOPLE OF ALL NATIONS NEED COMPASSION IN ARE HEARTS FOR THE FALLEN OF THE PAST AND PRESENT GREAT SPIRITS GUIDE US THREW THIS JOURNEY OF THESE WICKED TIMES . .
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The music floats through my heart & mind! Beautiful and soothing!
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faithiecheer
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faithiecheer
Nicely done music
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very nice :)
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pattykosley
Thank you Grandfather for Carlos Nakai ~~~
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Love everything of his I've heard in person and on CD! Inspiring artist.
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deniseandj
Most enjoyable.
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relaxing :)
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warm, soothing, favorite artist..
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This music soothes my soul, and let's me find peace inside.
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Thank you Jesus for this good music
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Nothing but Peace I feel. Instagram.co m / D a n i e l S p e a k s
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sins that I will never be forgiven for ............
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It brings up the sins from my heart ...........
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suzannedooli t t l e 3
I've used his music to calm my classroom of 21 students as well as my grand babies from birth to 6 yrs old!
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I love this music
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rprieba
Moving Meditation ............ .
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beautyofnatu r e . l g
Creativity is my favorite and was featured in a Heard Museum video years ago. It has gone through my head ever since...glad to hear it on Pandora.
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