Native American musicians to appear at Old Town Cottonwood
Native American recording label, Canyon Records, will sponsor two upcoming concerts at Old Town Center for the Arts in February and March to showcase three of the leading Native American musicians in Arizona and the world.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Canyon Records brings together guitarist Aaron White and flutist Anthony Wakeman, who will be joined by percussionist Andy Gonzales.
On March 13 and 14, Canyon Records will feature the premier Native American flutist in the world, R. Carlos Nakai, who will be joined by harp guitarist William Eaton and percussionist Will Clipman for a special CD release event.
The 'Noveau Southwest' collaboration of Aaron White, Anthony Wakeman and Andy Gonzales brings diverse talent and musical exploration to form a synthesis of tradition and modern music.
White is a singer, songwriter, composer, musician, and a man of contrasts. His music has found expression in many forms-in the bands he has lead, such as Burning Sky, Skychasers, and Super Chief, in solo performances and in recorded media. His heritage and his flutes tether to the ancient Navajo and Ute cultures, but he grew up in urban California so he plays a mean guitar. He has played everywhere from a presidential inaugural ball to a benefit concert at Arizona's San Francisco Peaks.
Anthony Wakeman, of the Gunlake Band of Pottawatomi/Oglala Lakota, has been playing the Native American flute for 12 years. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Anthony moved to Phoenix in 1994 and began an apprenticeship with his uncle David A. Montour, noted artist, musician and flutemaker.
Andy Gonzales is an all around musician. While he plays percussion instruments in the White, Wakeman, Gonzales ensemble, he is perhaps most well known for his bass playing and Latino Band work in the Phoenix area. Since the early 70s when he was working with Chuy Castro in the La Raza band, he has played with the best.
Doors open for this special Canyon Records presentation at 7, show begins at 7:30 p.m. A multi-media slide presentation will compliment the live performance, featuring ruin sites, cliff dwellings, Monument Valley and more.
Tickets for the show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $12 for seniors. Tickets are available online at www.oldtowncenter.org or call Elena at 928-634-0940.