Cedar Dreams – American Indian Solo Flute

Grammy nominated American Indian flute virtuoso John Two-Hawks offers up a rare collection of his incredible flute solos. Considered by some to be one of the greatest Native flute players of all time, this musical offering…

Grammy nominated American Indian flute virtuoso John Two-Hawks offers up a rare collection of his incredible flute solos. Considered by some to be one of the greatest Native flute players of all time, this musical offering showcases the effortless mastery with which Two-Hawks plays these ancient instruments. More importantly, these flute renditions are powerful spiritual expressions from the soul of a man who possesses not only great technical skill, but a deep connection with the amazing cedar flute.

I am always honored and humbled to be able to play these flutes. All of my flutes are very special to me. I know them so well and so intimately that they are almost like family. The American Indian flute has been around for countless centuries. Many Indigenous Nations have wonderfully long histories with the wooden flute. Some did not have flutes. In the Lakota language, the word used to describe the flute is ‘Hokagapi’, which means ‘to make a voice. ‘ After years of experience with these beautiful instruments, I can tell you that the flute is indeed, a voice. It gives a voice to the longing in our hearts. It reaches out beyond words and speaks to our wounded souls with a healing touch that fills the empty spaces in us with good medicine. A debt of gratitude goes to those Indian ancestors who persevered and continued making wooden flutes, even in the hardest of times. Without them, we may have never known the sweet sound of a cedar flute. These flutes are more than wood. They carry with them the hope for the mending of the sacred hoop of the world. To all who have heard this call in the voice of the flute, I am honored to share these songs.

John Two-Hawks is a GRAMMY and Emmy nominated, Platinum Award winning musician whose music has been featured by Fox Searchlight, HBO, The History Channel, National Public Radio, NativeRadio. com, American Indian Radio on Satellite, Gathering of Nations Radio, and countless other worldwide media outlets. His numerous best-selling CDs, prestigious awards and ground-breaking achievements have earned him a distinguished reputation as one of the world’s premier Native American musicians. Two-Hawks is a bona fide music visionary and pioneer who was among the first to introduce the Indigenous Flute to the world decades ago. From the beginning, he demanded the highest standards of excellence. As a result, John Two-Hawks has taken his signature brand of Native Flute music into places it has never been, brought it to millions who had never heard it before, and elevated it to a place of equal billing and respect in the world of music.

Two-Hawks is most known for his effortless virtuosity with the Native American Flute, and yet the Native Flute is only one among a myriad of musical instruments John Two-Hawks plays and includes in his signature brand of music. Some of the instruments JTH employs in his music are : beautiful vocals, guitars, keys-synth-pianos, percussion-drums-rattles, mandolins, dulcimers, and the Finnish kantele, just for starters! The tasteful musical mosaic of all these instruments masterfully weaved together in harmonious compositional arrangements is part of what has contributed to the worldwide popularity of Two-Hawks’ music.

Even with the enormous amount of success he has experienced, John Two-Hawks remains true to his Lakota ethnic and cultural heritage, and has always continued to be fiercely committed to Indigenous human and civil rights and social justice. He is a kind, gentle and humble soul, as well as a brilliant musician, composer and performer, and this all comes through in his emotionally stirring and evocative, one-of-a-kind music.

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