Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai was in Canyon’s studio recently to work on a rehearsal recording for a new composition entitled, À Bec Quintet. Nakai commissioned Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw) to compose the thirty-minute work which will premiere in August in Santa Fe.
The recording, which won’t be commercially released, is to provide a [...]
Recently, Native American flutist Anthony Wakeman and synthesist Joe Jakob (aka Mr. Soon) were in the Canyon studios creating tracks for a forthcoming film Two Spirits.
The film tells the story of Fred Martinez who was nádleehí, someone who possesses the gift of both masculine and feminine traits according to his traditional Navajo culture. Fred [...]
One of the great things about working at Canyon is that many customers become our friends.
Such is the case with Laimdota from Latvia, a small country on the Baltic Sea between Estonia and Lithuania. Laimdota’s has been a loyal customer since 2005. Her tastes in Native American music range from traditional Apache songs to [...]
Another special note, this time from a teacher, about the therapeutic effect of R. Carlos Nakai’s artistry on the Native American flute. It is a deeply rewarding feeling to know that our music provides more than listening pleasure and profoundly alters people’s lives.
I am an educator in Ohio. The children I work with [...]
To be in the world of commerce is to face struggles that seem never-ending. The pleasure of music often becomes secondary to the process of selling “product”. But the frustrations and disappointments vanish whenever we hear how our artists’ music has profoundly affected someone’s life. This is an excerpt of a letter addressed to [...]