Spirit Horses (Concerto for Native American Flute and Chamber Orchestra)

Spirit Horses (Concerto for Native American Flute and Chamber Orchestra)

by R. Carlos NakaiR. Carlos Nakai


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Just when you think you've pigeonholed Carlos Nakai as the quintessential interpreter of traditional Native American flute music, he appears with an entirely different expression of his musical gifts. Spirit Horses may catch many of you off guard. As a collaborative exploration of contemporary music in the classical vein, it is unlike anything he has attempted before. Impressionistic and diffuse at first, it slowly begins to take shape, like physical forms emerging from gossamer veils of mist. The concerto was commissioned especially for Nakai and spotlights him in his most challenging setting to date. This recording has much to offer, from its multi-cultural rhythmic structures provided by master drummer Mark Sunkett, to the quirky avant-garde feel of Michael Hester's alto sax work. Composer/conductor James De Mars has created an unexpected and unusual blend of musical elements as a backdrop for Nakai's flute. In fact, certain passages feel like they could have been written for The Kronos Quartet. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/1993
Label: Canyon Records
UPC: 0729337701427
catalogNumber: 7014
Rank: 106062

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Carlos Nakai   Primary Artist,Flute,Native American Flute
Michael Hester   Alto Saxophone
Mark Sunkett   Bongos,Gong,Tom-Tom,African Percussion,Suspended Cymbals
James DeMars   Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor
Eric Hoover   Flute
Allen Ames   Violin
Susan Ung   Viola
Dan Swaim   Bass
Kevin Fuhrman   Gong,Suspended Cymbals
Sharon Stolper   Violin
Linda Lambie   Violin
Phyllis Skoldberg   Violin
Takayori Atsumi   Cello
Suzanne Tamblyn   Viola
James Guy   Cello
Eugene Lombardi   Violin,Concert Master
Xiaozhong "Alex" Zheng   Cello
Robert Kaplan   Synthesizer

Technical Credits

Peter Kater   Composer
R. Carlos Nakai   Composer
Robert Doyle   Liner Notes
James DeMars   Composer,Producer
Jack Miller   Engineer
Wallace Rave   Liner Notes

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