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R. Carlos Nakai

fl, voc, *1946 US, Flagstaff, Arizona
Musician of World and Folk
A.k.a. Robert Carlos Nakai

R. Carlos Nakai is a Grammy Award nominated Native American flautist of Navajo/Ute heritage, born April 16, 1946 in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Nakai is classically trained in both trumpet and music theory. He also holds a Master’s Degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona. Nakai received a traditional cedar wood flute as a gift and was challenged to see what he could do with it. He released his first solo album in 1983 and has since recorded roughly 50 albums and received nine Grammy Award nominations, the most recent for his 2010 release "Dancing Into Silence". Two of his albums, "Canyon Trilogy" and "Earth Spirit" are certified gold records in the United States.

  • Flute
  • Vocals
  • Trumpet
  • Percussion
  • Didgeridoo
  • World
  • Folk
  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Ancestral Home on Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai
Song For the Morning Star on Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai
Inward Journey on Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai
Daybreak Vision on Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai
Inward Journey on Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai
Song of Darkness on Talisman by R. Carlos Nakai
Amazing Grace on Emergence by R. Carlos Nakai
Inner Voices on Mythic Dreamer by R. Carlos Nakai
Saguaro Sunset on Emergence by R. Carlos Nakai
Song for the Morning Star on Canyon Trilogy by R. Carlos Nakai

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Title Artist Year Type
VoyagersR. Carlos Nakai & Udi Bar-David2007Album
Piano Concerto No. 2, After Lewis And Clark Concerto For Harpsichord And OrchestraPhilip Glass - Paul Barnes, R. Carlos Nakai, Jillon Stoppels Dupree, The Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Ralf Gothóni2006Album
ReconnectionsR. Carlos Nakai, Cliff Sarde, William Eaton, Randy Wood2006Album
Our Beloved LandR. Carlos Nakai & Keola Beamer with Moanalani Beamer2005Album
Music As MedicineNawang Khechog With Special Guest Artist R. Carlos Nakai2004Album
The Best Of Nakai (In Beauty We Return)R. Carlos Nakai2004Compil.
Fourth WorldR. Carlos Nakai2002Album
Edge Of The CenturyR. Carlos Nakai & Amo Chip2001Album
Enter >> TribalR. Carlos Nakai & Cliff Sarde2000Album
Inner VoicesR. Carlos Nakai1999Album
Inside Monument ValleyPaul Horn & R. Carlos Nakai1999Album
Winds Of DevotionR. Carlos Nakai / Nawang Khechog1998Album
Mythic DreamerR. Carlos Nakai1998Album
Inside Canyon De ChellyPaul Horn & R. Carlos Nakai1997Album
Two World ConcertoR. Carlos Nakai, James DeMars1997Album
Kokopelli's CafeR. Carlos Nakai, The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet1996Album
Island Of BowsR. Carlos Nakai With Wind Travelin' Band, Shonosuke Okura, Oki1994Album
Native TapestryR. Carlos Nakai & James DeMars1993Album
Emergence: Songs Of The Rainbow World - Native American Flute MusicR. Carlos Nakai1992Album
Spirit Horses (Concerto For Native American Flute And Chamber Orchestra)James DeMars & R. Carlos Nakai1991Album
Canyon Trilogy (Native American Flute Music)R. Carlos Nakai1989Album
Sundance SeasonR. Carlos Nakai1988Album
Earth SpiritR. Carlos Nakai1987Album
Cycles - Native American Flute MusicR. Carlos Nakai1985Album
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