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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Talisman

1. Song Of Darkness

2. Obsidian Talisman

3. Coyote Calling

4. Celestial Realm

5. Sun's House

6. Glimmering Dawn

7. Cedar Breeze

8. Happiness Carries Me

9. Tranquility

10. White Shell Talisman

11. Pollen Path

12. Wisdom's Edge

13. Sunrise Prayer, In Beauty

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Track List: Edge Of The Century

1. American Mystery

2. York

3. Queztalcoatl

4. Spirit Sharing

5. Sacagewea

6. Man/Woman

7. My Way Of Life

8. Apache Wind

9. Stomp Dance

10. The People

11. No Enemies

12. Edge Of The Century

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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

8. Feather, Stone And Light

9. Crow Canyon

11. Lake That Speaks

12. Whippoorwill

13. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Sanctuary

1. Alpine Dawn

2. Raven Dreams

3. Choke Cherry Season

4. Shining Mountains

5. Coyote Moon

6. A Song For Mrs. Bear

7. Munk, Munk

8. Elk Meadow

9. Swallows, Nighthawks, Hummingbirds

10. Afternoon In The Aspens

11. Spring Creek Journey

12. Cimarron Sunset

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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: Mythic Dreamer

1. Corn Grinding Song

2. The World How Fair

3. See The Rainbows

4. Fox Song

5. Elk Dreamer's Song

6. The Great Mystery Hears Me

7. Summer Solstice

8. Antelope Song

9. Begging Song

10. Victory Song

11. Eagle Flute Song

12. Eagles Gathering

13. Silver Salmon Bear

14. Rocks And Rills

15. Swallows And Night Hawks

16. Coyote Wind

17. Inner Voices

18. Lake That Speaks (Flute Solo)

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Track List: Native Tapestry

1. Crow Wing

2. Lake That Speak (Chamber version)

3. Spirit Call (Chamber Version)

4. Two World Symphony, Movement 1 - 'Doors Open on the Wind'

5. Two World Symphony, Movement 2 - 'Drought'

6. Two World Symphony, Movement 3 - 'Wandering Rains'

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Track List: Spirit Horses

1. Premonitions of Christopher Columbus

2. Tapestry V

3. Colors Fall

4. Spirit Horses

5. Shaman's Call

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Track List: Emergence

1. Dreamer's Chant

2. Solstice Prayer

4. Whirlwinds Dancing

5. Red-Tailed Hawks

6. Coyote Rainbows

7. Saguaro Sunsets

8. The Young Old Warrior

9. Red Streaking Into The Water

10. Willow People

14. Rainbow World

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: Desert Dance

1. Ancient Ground

2. Pollen Pathway

3. Ancient Voices

4. Spirit Valley

5. Sand Tapestry

6. Turquoise Swallows Dance

7. Abalone Wind

8. Wind Dance

9. Sacred Earth Call

10. Spiral Journey

11. Land Of Emergence

12. Mountain Blue Bird Calling

13. Mountain Call

14. Yellow Eagle-Feather Dance

15. Journey Of Yellow Wind

16. Medicine Keeper

17. Desert Dance

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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: Changes

1. Zuni Song

2. Whippoorwill

3. Wioste Olowan Toki Ya

4. 12/13/82 Song

5. December Snow

6. Winter Solstice

7. Wioste Olowan Inkpa Ta-Ya

8. 12/20/82 Song

9. 11/20/82 Song

10. 12/13/82 Song No. 2

11. 11/11/82 Song

12. Death Song - Lament

13. 10/18/82 Song

14. Blood Round Dance Song

15. Improvisational Melody - Impressions Of Atitlan, Guatemala

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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: Sundance Season

1. Voices

2. Mountain Chant

3. On Eagle's Wings

4. Anasazi Visions

5. Evensong

6. Water Bearer

7. White Shell Dreams

8. Light Waves

9. Shadow Dance

10. Ritual I

11. Ritual II

12. Continuum

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Track List: Journeys

1. Grendl's Tune

2. Children’s Song

3. Children's Dance

4. Rainy Nights In Taos

5. The Rez Bunnies

6. Life Is For Living

7. Improvisation No. 1 In G Minor

8. Improvisation No. 2 In G Minor

9. Improvisation No. 3 In E For Two Flutes

10. Improvisation No. 4 In A With Wind

11. Improvisation No. 5 In A With Vocal And Wind

12. Improvisation No. 6 In G Minor With Wind

13. Improvisation No. 7 In A With Seabirds And Ocean

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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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Es una belleza, apta para relajarse, gracias.
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So deep soothing of arizona's beauty of nature
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Thank you for sharing your spirit through your beautiful music. Peace and tranquility to you.
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I love ur music, started listening to it many yrs ago during massage when pregnant
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What is your favorite part about this music ��
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I am native Indian
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I love your track brother
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Desert Music
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jecpro.cope
Carlos, truly mystical, loving sounds from our Loving Sky Father!! Thank You My Brother!!!!
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Mental Therapy
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Shanti...... . .
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Part Cherokee
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I close my eyes and feel Mother Earth, the Great Sky, the water, the trees and plants, the animals, all humans....th e very air! Your deep connection with connection is heard and felt through my very being. This connection? LOVE. Thank you for sharing your amazing gifts and talents with your brothers and sisters.
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southernpeca n p i e 3 7
Soooo soothing and therapeutic. Just beautiful...
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I have cancer your music helps me sleep...ceci
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godblessu776
Beyond explanation. Too beautiful for words.
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cpelcman
beautiful,an d soothing.My students remain quiet and focused.
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You're seven years of listening to Indian music I I think this is the best one I've ever listen to in my life you really should be more appreciated really you should have only been alive for seven years not want to be like for 777 years like I know it says wake 777 just I'm not that'll I'm just seven years old
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The most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life to more than 500
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plindenthale r 2 0 0 4
Inner Voices sounds so sad, and yet peaceful at the same time. I love your music Mr Nakai. The best native American music I have ever heard.
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Carlos your music inspires me I love ur native flute music
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cohassetstev e
Very nice, I am happy to hear your story through your music. You are a gift to me from my great-grandm o t h e r . Thank you
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Love this music! can feel it in my soul, so peaceful & calming
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Thank you Carlos. Your music eases my pain and makes sleep possible.
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Goes straight to the very soul!
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Soul stirring music!! Great for meditation.
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Your music put me in a mystic place where everything is possible.
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joengineer
And I love his work keep up the good work and keep making this peaceful music!!!
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joengineer
I love his peaceful music it's so so... Calming!
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I so much enjoy this Man there is something about listening to Him blowing life though out my home which allows me to breathe it in and be okay. Aloha from Honolulu Hawaii.
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Thank you for your soulful music :)
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Ah-HO .
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thelynn777
groovy
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stsstern
Very beautiful. First I have heard of Nakai. Excellent music.
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His music touches my soul...amazi n g sound!
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My 2 youngest son's would got to sleep listening to your music. For the life of me I can not remember the cassette. It was around 1994-1995. I would like to have it again. Help plz. With the Name.
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I have been listening now for over 20 years. Used to put my daughter to sleep with it. I am playing it now at work because of it;s soothing qualities. Good stuff.
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Love the dignity of your music it transcends time space it speaks to the moment full of nature and wonder I can feel the dysidenc yet peace always prevails full of ancestral sorrows yet beauty and joy and humanity lives on
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An enchanting peaceful sound.
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Beautiful sound to wake up to.
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Such beautiful music. Every night before I sleep I listen to it helps me knock out!
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blue_eyes_af i r e
Great meditation music! I discovered his beautiful rendition of music 23 years ago at the tender age of ten. This is on my short list of Go To music when I'm striving to find my mental balance or simply be at peace with myself.
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oliviahamble y
I love the flute.��
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Your music makes me have such a good sleepy time��������
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I love how your music is calming and makes you feel like one with the nature around you.
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Such talent and beauty in his peaceful music. My soul has been healed.
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shayewils
OMG he's awesome on SO MANY LEVELS! Such beautiful music!!! He's got a gift
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Please Do not give a ...nothing to general opinions... YOU DO HAVE LISTENERS, EDUCATED ONES, that they can really appreciate your GIFT. I am mesmerized by your music. I am an artist too. Imaginary its my strong... I can not get enough from your music! Please keep on track!
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