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Your Talented Solstice Flute School Staff

Suzanne Teng Arvel Joe Young Kalani Das Rona Yellowrobe Brent Haines Junita

SUZANNE TENG

Called a "brilliant flutist" by the Los Angeles Times, Suzanne is the winner of the Los Angeles Music Awards, International Acoustic Music Awards and two-time winner of the Independent Music Awards (Best New Age Artist).

Suzanne plays an array of flutes from the around the world and performs internationally with her husband and music partner Gilbert Levy and their world music band MYSTIC JOURNEY. As a recording artist, she can be heard on numerous feature film and television soundtracks and commercials. She has performed on the SURVIVOR (live) shows that were viewed by over 70 million people and has had her music featured on America’s Got Talent.

Suzanne started playing the flute at 10 and was teaching by 14. She has taught at universities, conservatories, conventions and camps across the country. A known and respected educator, she has been invited to serve on the panel for Music Education for the National Endowment for the Arts for the past three years. Suzanne received her Masters degree in Music Performance from Boston University and completed the coursework for the Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. She is an endorsed artist for YAMAHA..


ARVEL BIRD

Arvel Bird, Southern Paiute, is a classically-trained violinist and multi-award winning recording artist in a variety of styles using the violin and Native American flute. Arvel owned and operated his own master recording studio in Nashville, TN for 13 years while also touring with some of country music's legends including Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price and others. Now in his 11th year of full-time touring,

Arvel has just released his 23rd CD. He is the recipient of 4 Nammys (Native American Music Awards) and was recently named as one of “Cowboys and Indians” magazine favorite performers, along with Buffy St. Marie & R. Carlos Nakai.


JOE YOUNG

Joe is a lifelong performer and gifted improvisational musician who happens to write and play some of the most innovative Native American flute music going. He exhibits a particular knack for unexpected melodies and dynamic arrangements that take his music far above and beyond the typical flute recording. Classically trained on saxophone since the age of 12, Joe composed his first song at age 11 and fell in love with the Native American flute some ten years later when he wrote his first flute song, Shaman’s Dream, before he even had a flute. Young's panache suggests a theatrical bent, as though many of his songs might have walked off the soundtrack of a movie. As an accomplished composer, recording artist, instructor of Native American and world flutes, and professional sound engineer, Joe has an incredibly broad musical perspective.

Joe brings to us his creative way of embracing the sounds and beauty of the Native American flute, his keen sense of rhythm and percussion, and his expertise in stagecraft and sound. He has a passion for inspiring creativity in his students by expanding their musical boundaries and building confidence through encouraging experimentation.


KALANI DAS

Kalani Das is an internationally recognized musician, educator, and music therapist. He has performed with artists such as Yanni, Suzanne Ciani, Kenny Loggins, Barry Manilow, and others. The author of over ten books, including Together in Rhythm and The Way of Music, Kalani presents workshops for educators across the US and internationally. He has published numerous educational videos and is the creator of the Developmental Community Music (DCM) approach to facilitation. Kalani is the author of "The Healing Flute Program," a self-study guide to healing through music. He is the director of Golden State Music Therapy, serving people with disabilities and challenges in the Los Angeles area. Find out more at kalanimusic.com and connect with Kalani on most social media @kalanimusic.


RONA YELLOWROBE

2014, 2015 & 2016  Native American Music Awards (NAMA) Flutist of the Year, Rona Yellow Robe was born and raised in Havre, Montana and is an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana.
 
Rona is known for her powerful vocal ability, Native American flute style, and heart-filled presence. She picked up her first flute in 2002 and has been on a Musical and Spiritual journey ever since. It is by playing the Native American flute, which she refers to as her "other voice,” that she has become comfortable sharing with all audiences many aspects of her life that are personal and meaningful to her.

Rona Yellow Robe and Bruce Witham have been creating music together since May, 2008. They have recorded three albums, “Voice of the Trees” (2009), “The Gathering” (2012) and, most recently a Christmas album entitled “Lighting Our Way” (2013). In 2010, Rona and Bruce received the Native American Music Awards nomination as Songwriters of the Year for their song, “Voice of the Trees.”  Also, Rona and Bruce's album, "The Gathering" was Nominated for Record of the Year by the 2014 NAMA. 

www.ronayellowrobe.net

 

 


BRENT HAINES – Flutemaker/Flutemaking Class

Brent Haines is founder of Woodsounds Flutes, producer of some of the finest and most beautiful flutes in the world & favorites of numerous recording artists. As an engineer, Brent’s life is making peoples’ dreams into reality. As a flute maker, he creates wooden flutes that allow people turn their dreams and feelings into music magic. Over the years, Brent has helped hundreds of people begin playing the flute and have seen them create magical experiences.

“Brent Haines is not only one of my flute makers, but he's a friend who has encouraged, mentored, and lifted me in the world of the flute. I always feel confident when I play his flutes on stage because they have always played to my intentions, and as a musical artist that means the world to me.” Rona Yellowrobe


JUANITA RAMOS-CORUM - Resident Medicine Woman

Juanita is respectfully known also as "One-Eye Hawk Woman" and known as an "Indi-Pino". Her parents were of Asian Pacific Island, Spanish and Native heritage. Seven years ago, standing before a massive First Nations drum circle, she was given the blessing by the elders to practice their traditional Earth medicine on non-tribal people. She is only one of two medicine people in the country permitted to practice traditional Native Medicine on non-tribal people. Juanita is the carrier of an ancient medicine bag for 22 Native American nations, and is committed to sharing with others the benefits and wisdom of traditional Native American Earth medicine for the healing and blessing of Mother Earth and of all people, empowering others to be their own medicine bag, teaching getting back to and giving back to communities.