Our vision is to bring together the Native American and Jewish communities by exploring the commonalities between these two cultures through musical expressions. This recording takes you on an aural tour of the exotic sounds of Native American chants, Jewish prayers, and Israeli songs, including one that calls for the pioneers to settle in the desert. Listen as the Native American flute and the cello invite you to join these brothers as they travel through their native lands, and exchanging musical dialogues on the desert that unites us all.
The last performance of these artists at the SCLC in September 2005 was a
sold out event. Please act fast to reserve a seat for yourself and your
loved ones! For more information call SCLC at 282-9300 or the JCSVV at
CD Release Party
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley (JCSVV) will host the CD Release Party and Reception on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 pm at 100 Meadowlark Drive in the Chapel area of Sedona, for Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist and President of Intercultural Journeys Udi Bar-David. You will hear the Artists in dialogues, meet them in person, have your purchased CDs signed, plus hear them perform in a full-length concert. They will give you a sneak preview of the CD, and discuss the purpose of the project - bringing together the Native American and Jewish communities by exploring commonalities between the two cultures through musical expressions. We urge you to take advantage of this special package. Don't miss this double opportunity to experience the talents of such stellar musicians. A special price of $23 includes both the March 7 CD release party, and the March 8 Concert at SCLC. For more info visit www.jcsvv.net
R. Carlos Nakai
R. Carlos Nakai, a Native American flutist of Navajo and Ute heritage, was born in 1946 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Although he was involved in the culture of his people from his early youth, his musical studies began with the trumpet and classical music at Northern Arizona University. For more information visit www.rcarlosnakai.com or www.interculturaljourneys.com/artists/artists.htm,
Nakai became interested in the Native American flute during the late 1960s while doing research on Native American music. By the early 1970s, he learned to play the Native American flute. He released his first album of flute music, Changes, on the Canyon Records label in 1983. Nakai has now recorded a total of 33 albums as a solo artist or in collaboration with other musicians. Nakai’s music is rooted in the traditions of Native American cultures and is influenced by his surroundings in the Southwestern United States. Nakai works to find new ways to use the cedar flute. Although he honors the traditions from which Native American flute playing comes, he prefers to look ahead rather than present the cedar flute as a museum piece trapped in its cultural past. His flute works include Cycles for flute and synthesizer. Cycles was commissioned for a multi-media event at the Heard Museum of Native American Art in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nakai has collaborated with guitarist William Eaton, with the jazz ensemble Jackalope, with a traditional Japanese ensemble, and with other musicians throughout the world. His collaboration with composer James DeMars resulted in a concerto for flute and orchestra called Spirit Horses and the Two World Symphony. Nakai has also written and performed music for the National Park Service, Fox Television, the Discovery Channel, IMAX, the National Geographic Society, and various film and television productions.
Nakai has been a Grammy Award finalist and has received many other awards for his work. In 1992, he received the Governor of Arizona Arts Award. In 1994, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Northern Arizona University for his "exceptional achievements and contributions to humankind." Today Nakai continues to perform throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Carlos Nakai has summarized his knowledge and experience in a book entitled
The Art of the Native American Flute. In addition to advice for flute
players, the book includes the history of the flute, information about how
flutes are made, and some transcriptions of Nakai’s music. Learn
more about Native American music and musicians by reading these articles, also
on this Web site:
Native American Music;
Native American Musical Instruments;
Native American Dance;
Robert Tree Cody; and
Udi Bar-David began his cello studies at the age of seven with Uzi Wiesel in Tel-Aviv, through funding of the American Israel Cultural foundation. He continued his studies at The Juilliard School with Leonard Rose, and later studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music with Max Rudolph. For more information about Udi Bar-David visit www.interculturaljourneys.org.
Mr. Bar-David is an acclaimed soloist in Israel having performed with Israel's leading orchestras, recorded at the Jerusalem Music center founded by Pablo Casals, and toured the country as a member of the Israeli Army Quartet. In 1976, he won the International Villa Lobos Competition in Brazil. He has been Principal Cellist in the International Youth Orchestra, at Juilliard, in the National Orchestra of New York, and with the American Ballet Theatre. In addition, he has served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. Winner of the 1984 WFLN Young Instrumentalist Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the Philly Pops under Peter Nero.
Mr. Bar-David was a member of the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and
became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987. He has been affiliated
with Astral Artistic Services and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity.
He was featured in solo recitals of Spain and California, in a string quartet
appearance on the TODAY show, and radio broadcasts with Network For New Music.
Mr. Bar-David is a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors, and
was the Artistic Coordinator for the Hear O Israel concert at the Core States
Center. He has recently developed the Arab Jewish Musical Dialogue which brings
artists of both cultures together on the same stage. He is also the founder of
"Intercultural Journeys", a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia which
is committed to producing performances, masterclasses, lectures, and other
interactions that provide opportunities for musical dialogue and understanding
among a variety of cultural traditions.
A drummer since the age of three, Will Clipman has mastered a pan-global palette of indigenous instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. In a career that has spanned nearly every known musical genre, Will has recorded over fifty albums, including twenty-one for Canyon Records, the world’s leading Native American music label, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. A veteran of more bands than can be listed here, Will currently records and performs with the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, the William Eaton Ensemble, the Wilde Boys (Nakai, Eaton & Clipman), Gentle Thunder, Ananeah, Quiet Fire, Sacred Clay, and the Conrads. Will’s music has been honored with two GRAMMY Nominations for Best New Age Album; a NAMA Award for Best Instrumental Album; and a TAMMIE Award for Best Drummer. For more information visit www.willclipman.com.
A poet since the age of six, Will has published a book, Dog Light; has been included in anthologies such as Dog Music, Tumblewords, The University of Arizona Poetry Center 1960-1985, the National Poetry Competition Winners Anthology, and the Ellensburg Anthology; and has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ironwood, Greenfield Review, Amaranth Review, Stone Drum, Louisville Review, Syracuse Review, Heron Dance, Southern Poetry Review, Rhetoric Review, and Protea Poetry Journal. His writing has been honored with the Whiffen Poetry Prize, the Academy of American Poets Margaret Sterling Award, the Tucson/Pima Arts Council Poetry Fellowship, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts Award of Merit for Poetry. His poem “The Quiet Power” is the official Dedicatory Poem of the Tucson Main Library.
Will is also an accomplished maskmaker and storyteller. His solo performance,
Myths & Masks, magically integrates his original mask art, mythopoetic
storytelling, and multicultural music. Working both freelance and as an
Artist-in-Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Will provides
hands-on interdisciplinary workshops, lecture-demonstrations, and full-length
residencies to elementary, middle, and high schools, community colleges, art
galleries, libraries, adult prisons, juvenile detention facilities, senior
centers, parks and recreation programs, and hospitals. His service to the
community as an arts educator has been honored with the ACA Decade of
Distinguished Service Award and a Governor’s Arts Award Nomination. Will holds a
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts
Degree from the University of Arizona.
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