Saturday, July 18
Showtime: 8:00 PM
$27.50 - $52.50 ($24.50 - $49.50 Concert Member)
After recording many successful solo projects, R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater began collaborating together in 1989 with their first recordings, “Natives” and “Migration.” Several million CD sales and 21 combined Grammy Award nominations later, the release of their recent “Ritual” recording has put them back on the road again performing their unique hybrid style of innovative contemporary instrumental music.
Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure. His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it.
Nakai’s first album, “Changes,” was released by Canyon Records in 1983, and since then he has released over forty albums with Canyon, plus additional albums and guest appearances on other labels with total sales of over 4 million CDs including his platinum selling CD, “Canyon Trilogy.”
Nakai brought the flute into the concert hall, performing with over fifteen symphony and chamber orchestras and in a cross-cultural foray, Nakai performed extensively with the Wind Travelin’ Band, a traditional Japanese ensemble from Kyoto which resulted in an album, “Island of Bows.”
Additional recordings with ethnic artists include “In A Distant Place” with Tibetan flutist and chanter Nawang Khechog, and “Our Beloved Land” with famed Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer Keola Beamer.
Recently, Nakai released “Voyagers” with Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David which blends Native American melodies with Jewish and Arabic songs. Nakai has received 11 Grammy Award nominations throughout his career.
10-time Grammy Award nominee, Peter Kater, is a multi-platinum selling pianist composer who has released over 60 recordings since his first album, “Spirit,” came out in 1983. He’s scored over 100 TV and film productions including 11 On and Off-Broadway dramatic plays and is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations.
Kater has performed all over the world including at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations. He’s scored music for the Olympics, major sporting events and world summits, has performed for many Presidents, luminaries and celebrities, and has collaborated with many of today’s leading and most talented musicians, actors and directors.
After studying classical piano from the age of seven and then moving into contemporary improvisation in his teens, the German-born pianist moved from New Jersey to Colorado and started playing improvisation in clubs throughout the Boulder/Denver area. Mr. Kater quickly became known as a leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music and for the quality, beauty and emotional depth of his work.