MONTROSE – R. Carlos Nakai, the world's premier performer of the Native American flute, will perform on Thursday, August 26, at 7 p.m., at the Montrose Pavilion. He will be joined by Will Clipman, a master of a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments.
Nakai, of Navajo-Ute heritage, is an adventurer and risk taker, always giving his musical imagination free rein. While cognizant of the traditional use of the flute as a solo instrument, Nakai has also found new settings for it, especially in the genres of jazz and classical. He founded the ethnic jazz ensemble, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, to explore the intersection of ethnic and jazz idioms. He also brought the flute into the concert hall, performing with over 15 orchestras, and has sought opportunities for cross-cultural collaborations.
Since 1983 Nakai has released 38 albums with Canyon Records plus additional albums and guest appearances with other labels. Nakai has sold over four million albums in the course of his career, and earned two gold records (500,000 units sold) for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit. He has received eight Grammy® nominations and won eight Native American Music Awards. Clipman, too, is a five-time Grammy® nominee and a two-time Native American Music Award winner.
The concert is a benefit for Western Colorado Congress and its Montrose-based community group, the Uncompahgre Valley Association. Tickets, $15 for general admission and $35 for limited VIP seating, are available at the Coffee Trader in Montrose, Cimarron Books in Ridgway and Traders Coffee & Tea in Grand Junction.
For more information on the artists, visit R. Carlos Nakai's website and Will Clipman's website.
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