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Your Talented Solstice Flute School Staff

MICHAEL GRAHAM ALLEN – "Coyote Oldman"

Michael Graham Allen
Guest Instructor/Performer, Anasazi & Rim-Blown

Recording artist, flute maker, scholar, and musician, Michael Graham Allen has been researching and reintroducing New World flutes since the 1970s. He is a profound music pioneer, recording contemporary flute music well before the Native American flute took hold in the mainstream commercial recording industry. His recordings, Night Forest, Tear of the Moon, Landscape, and Thunder Chord, received much acclaim, marking them as pivotal recordings in the contemporary genre labeled by some as New Age and/or New Age Electronica, respectively. Michael lit a firestorm of innovative musical awareness. He introduced the Native American flute to numerous music markets all over the world, starting a revolution of interest in the instrument and in the culture from whence it originated. Michael is celebrated as an innovator, gifted musician, and a master craftsman, as he is credited with the reintroduction of the Anasazi, Mojave, and Hopi flutes, ancient rim-blown flutes of the New World. http://www.coyoteoldman.com/

 

SUZANNE TENG

Suzanne Teng
Instructor/Performer, Intermediate, Advanced & Masters Students

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. www.suzanneteng.com

 

JOSEPH L YOUNG

Joe Young
Instructor/Performer, Intermediate, Advanced & Masters Students

Joe composed his first song at age eleven, continued with classical training on saxophone through college, and fell in love with the Native American style flute when he composed his first flute song before he even owned the instrument.

His fourth self-produced album Ethereum is a Triple Silver Medal Winner for Outstanding Achievement in the Global Music Awards categories of Best Composition/Composer, Instrumentalist and Album, reached #1 on One World Music Radio’s Top 100 Chart and was nominated for Best New Age Album for 2016, and enjoyed six months on Zone Music Reporter’s Top 100 Chart where it debuted at #6 and qualified for Best Relaxation/Meditation Album of 2016.

As a versatile and gifted multi-instrumentalist, Joe embraces the belief that art should have no restrictions. He is known for his mastery on a wide variety of ethnic flutes from around the world -- Native American style flutes, the Pueblo/Anasazi flute, Irish pennywhistle, Chinese xiao, the modern mathematical Phi flute, South and Central American clay drone flute and others. Joe shares his musical passion and expertise through private lessons and group instruction at flute schools throughout the Country, with subjects ranging from beginning to advanced flute, to embellishment, improvisation, musical communication, stage craft, showmanship and inspiration. He is also a 2nd degree black belt in Chinese Shao-Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Having spent 14 years studying the martial arts discipline, he carries many of the philosophies of grounding, breathing, inner balance and training into his musical performances and teachings. Students of all abilities find Joe to be a patient, gracious, motivating and knowledgeable teacher. www.josephlyoung.com

 

ARVEL BIRD

Arvel
Instructor/Performer, Intermediate, Advanced & Masters Students

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. www.arvelbird.com

 

KALANI DAS

Kalani Das

Instructor/Performer, Beginner Students

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   www.kalanimusic.com

 

 

RONA YELLOW ROBE

Rona Yellow Robe

Instructor/Performer, Novice Students

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.  http://www.ronayellowrobe.net/

 

BRENT HAINES

Brent Haines

Creator of Woodsounds Flutes, Flute Making Class

Brent approached flute making as an engineering problem when he first started making Native Flutes. This method has proven to be an effective way of creating flutes with incredible voices that touch hearts and souls.

For over fifteen years, Native Flutes have provided a livelihood for Brent and his young family. Through this time, Brent has become recognized as one of the leading creators of Native American Flute.

Over the years, Brent has taught only a handful of people the secrets of making the Native Flute.

In the Flute Making Class, Brent teaches methods for voicing and tuning flutes. Additionally, the art of inlay is introduced.

“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

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 peopleJuanita 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.  


 

NANCY HAGA

Nancy Haga

School Director

Nancy began playing the Native flute about 10 years ago, after years of listening to the musical inspiration of R. Carlos Nakai. She has studied over the years with flute masters including Mary Youngblood, Clint Goss, Suzanne Teng, Joseph Young, Mark Holland, Jan-Michael Looking Wolf, Cornell Kinderknecht, Joseph Firecrow an Ann Licaster.


Nancy holds an M.Ed and has sent many years teaching deaf children, and children on the Pima Indian Reservation.  Her passion in working with Native peoples has taken her to volunteer with the elders on the Mescalero Apache reservation in New Mexico and the Adopt A Native Elder Program.  Nancy is also a volunteer for the hospice programs in Boise, Idaho where she offers comfort to terminal patients with her Native flute blessings.


As your volunteer Director of the Solstice Flute School, aka “Camp Mom,” Nancy feels that the combination of her years in education & her passion in sharing the magic of the Native flute with others, has allowed her to discover where her “Passion Meets Purpose.”