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At the Alaska Flute Circle, we often reminisce of our encounters and ever-widening experiences with the Native American Flute. Back in the late 80's I was touring with a World Beat band in Logan, Utah.  After the show, a wild looking mountain man introduced himself as Crazy Coyote and said he had something special he wanted me to see.  We walked to a tiny, dimly lit apartment, and he handed me what looked like a broken stick.  On closer examination, it proved itself to be a Native American flute, broken off at one end.  He asked me to play it for him-the instrument jumped in my hands!  To this date, I do not think I have ever played any instrument with such a subtly responsive gorgeous tone.  I went about my musical life, but the breath of Crazy Coyote's Native American Flute has always sung in the back of my memory.  15 years later, my friend Neal Martin-also known as Crazy Neal due to his vast growing and flowing collection of Native American Flutes-came by and gave me a Charles Littleleaf flame juniper flute.  We sat by the fire in the Alaskan springtime twilight, played flutes and marveled at the sudden profusion of singing birds that gathered around us. My approach to playing the Native American Flute developed quite differently than the other instruments I had learned over the years.  As I explored the instrument like a child through improvisation in the Alaskan outdoors, I allowed it to reveal its secrets to me.  I accepted and explored uses for every rich tone, whisper, warble, and squawk I could find, regardless of traditional western conceptions of “tone.” Many of the free improvisation ideas I had learned through the years, especially at the New England Conservatory of Music, took hold and sank deep roots into my Native American Flute experience.  Neal introduced me to the Alaska Flute Circle.  The constant seeking and musical growth among that beautiful group inspires me constantly.  I witnessed how the Flute could inspire those with little musical training or background to transform themselves into profoundly expressive composers and performers. Flute song drifted down the spine of the Rockies as we made our way down from Alaska to Missouri.  My new home in the rolling Ozark hills, warm moonlit summer nights full of cricket, owl, frog, coyote, and lowing herds now echo to my ever new Flutesong.
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