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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, Rovi
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peteformaz
We do not play the flute, it is that we pray through the flute
bob55148
Love the dignity that moves from your soul through breath creating beautiful authentic music that touches my soul's embrace of all humanity
GOOD MUSIC
It is true that a woman cannot resist the sound of a flute
suzan_philli p s
It is almost overwhelming to me, my heart, to hear your flute playing along with full accompanimen t . I have always adored you but this is superb, my great master!
So peaceful
jeaniem61
i love this music, very relaxing!!!
alyinaz
Love
Very beautiful music my fav
I love this music
such a soothing sound for any time of the day
Great yoga music (: nothing better. Namaste
msmirabilis
i listen to your music all the time in the evenings and the mornings and anytime i need to be brought back to nature and my center. thank you
jrmeacham
When I listen to Mr Nakai I remember the time I lived as a younger man in the Black Hills of South Dakota. So calming. So spiritual. Thank you for taking me there again.
Wooow
Beautiful piece
tallen761
Incredible music that I have listened to for over 15 years it seems!
I play the flute as well; just not this good! I am still learning .
Gunalcheesh RCN!
Awesome music, I just purchased some of his work. Bill
I heard this years ago on a soundtrack for a Phoenix Heard Museum film. Gorgeous!
kendra_coole y h e a d
So amazing,fini s h i n g my homework in peace. I seriously think this music helps my brain. Lol
elbrendo910
Beautiful, spiritual, brings my mind to another world full of peace, nature, & all things of joyous beauty...mys t i c a l , m a g i c k a l
This is so very beautiful i love hearing this song it takes me to a place of wounder
bbcomeaux
So peaceful music it puts me to sleep during the day
kd472001
This so beautiful and peaceful. Makes me want to go back to Sedona
tracyleenash
I love R. Carlos Nakai's music; deep, meditative, spiritual. I named my son Nakai as well
tracyleenash
I love R. Carlos Nakai's work; see deep, meanignful and spiritual. I names my son Nakai as well
I love this music alot
My fave local resource! Sometimes as I hike through the Santa Rita Mts, South of Tucson, or high atop Mt. Lemmon to the North, I can hear RCN in the rocks and trees, like being back 500 years ago! I love his work with another local Tucsonan, Will Clipman, and William Eaton and that of Tibetan flutist, Nawang Khechog. Like Red Wind and In a Distant Place. Takes me to places where I have never been, but are so familiar!
sooooooo relaxing! I play flute myself so I wanted some tips but this is so complex!It's very beautiful and makes you feel like you're on vacation! Luv it!
I agree jeanener6!!! This is absolutely tranquil, perfect for connecting the inner spirit with positive thoughts.. Meditation is the key to accomplishin g this connection with source energy, and once you do you will unlock consciousnes s within you... Now you are in a state of allowing the stream of well being to flow through you... When you reach this point, you've just opened a new world of feeling love,joy,and bliss take over your life!!!Until next time Live Happy, Love Always,and Laugh Often..
jeanener6
This music is one of my favorites to meditate with. It is so transcending and allows me to dig deep inside myself and find peace and harmony. I can deal with the rest of the day now. Thank you, bless you Nakai!
He deserves to live bless him
dianafriedli n e
Thanks to Mr. Nakai for this blessed and inspired music. It is truly transcendent and deeply peaceful. I have never heard his music before, but will now search it out, so thanks, also to Pandora for offering it. Happy Thanksgiving !
Transporting . . . . .
creils
Wonderful peaceful music. I love Carlos's music w Peter Kater too
rickyvacca
Carlos, Have been a fan for 20 years First knew of your gift from Don Cardinal of the Cree Nation. May his soul be at peace. He was a pipe bearer/man of great truth and held many a sweat lodge and walk with me. . Love your work. The symphony behind your flute is wonderful. But I love your gift of solo flute. It touches my spirit deeper than the full music songs. The simplicity of just your gift in one flute is a true blessing to my walk in life. God Bless you, Ricky
I am going to the SouthWest tonight...be a u t i f u l . . . t h i s leaves me open and ready,
silkee_00
This music is so serene! I love it, because it helps me to concentrate.
I live in the SW, so I can really visualize these places.
DITTO!
When I listen to Carlos Nakai I am taken away to a place of trees, grass, mountains, and water. He fills my soul with peace.
When I listen to Carlos Nakai I am taken away to a place of trees, grass, mountains, and water. He fills my soul with peace.
Very relaxing...c a l m i n g . . . I think better than melatonin ��
Oh my goodness, this is soo beautiful
I agree relaxing and the right thing to listen to before going to sleep especially when u are having trouble going to sleep to begin with
Relaxing and perfect to listen to right before falling asleep.
When your music is playing, all the chaos of the world just disappears. I have been playing your music since 1990, I love it all. Thank you for being one of the most blessed for your precious music.
alison959
Reminds me to exhale and relax once in a while....tha n k you!
love the sound of his music, thank you for the relaxation music you produce.
love the music he can play he is among many that is Blessed
amader1019
SWEET SLEEP
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