Sacred Wind: Native American Flute
Reyes, Jessita; Gomez, Alice; Blanchett, Madalyn
This new album features Native American flute with the sounds of birds, wind, thunder, and rain, played solo, in duets, or with instrumental accompaniments. The songs on this release are haunting and meditative, making the album feel spiritual and relaxing. Alice Gomez has been one of the most consistent Native American flute artists over the past three decades. With more than ten albums released, she has pioneered the use of Native American flute together with other instruments. Drawing upon her multicultural heritage to create her unique recordings, she also plays guitar, synthesizer, percussion and vocal chants. Gomez is composer-in-residence with the San Antonio Symphony, for whom she has composed a number of orchestral and chamber works rooted in the Southwest’s Latino/Indian heritage. Ever since her debut release in the early 1990s, “Deer Dancer,” Jessita Reyes has been known to fans of contemporary Native American flute music for her soulful performances. She is particularly known in the “healing community,” because of earlier releases such as “Healers of the Flute.” Primarily focusing on the solo Native American flute, Reyes has also used the flute with a variety of Asian instruments.