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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

8. Songs For The Morningstar

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

3. Atoka, Atoka

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

11. Black World

12. Blue-Green World

13. Yellow-White World

14. Rainbow World

15. Amazing Grace

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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: 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: 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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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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90% of people marry their 7th grade love. Since u have read this, u will be told good news 2night. If u don't pass this on nine comments ur worst week starts now this isn't fake. Apparently if u copy and paste this one ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of ur life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out in the next 53 minutes someone will say I love u
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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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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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Please, keep creating, your music it is so beautiful!
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Please sill creating music! I'm looking foreword for it! Please keep continuing vibrating at your range and I will following you FOR EVER!
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I just say: LOVE NAKAI MUSIC! it is magical for my soul. ... Thank Nakai and Universe for this wonderful gift!
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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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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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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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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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