R. Carlos Nakai, Canyon Trilogy – Native American Flute Music

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The wooden flute is one of the most evocative and lyrical of the Native American instruments, and Nakai is its undoubted master. Pieces like "Inward Journey" are lushly meditative, and Nakai's solo instrument captures the space of the plains and mesas in his playing. His compositions, like "Creation Chant" and "Waking Song," remain very true to the heart of his people, making music that's a balm to the soul, lovingly performed and crossing a bridge between cultures.