Awakening The Fire: R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman

Multiple GRAMMY® Nominees and Native American Music Award Winners R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman delve into a primal sonic odyssey on Awakening the Fire, their eleventh Canyon Records album together. 

Channeling a sound that grounds each of us in the center of our being, Nakai & Clipman guide the listener to a place where all cultures flow and merge into the river of human experience.

The intimate dialogue between the ancient call of Native American cedar flute and the subtle vibration of African, Native American, Polynesian and Asian rhythms connects us to our innermost essence and finely tunes the naturally awakening energies inside each of us, nourishing inner balance and harmony. Over their quarter-century as musical collaborators and multicultural explorers, Nakai & Clipman have honed a keen improvisational intuition that allows them to conjure a unique sonic atmosphere with every live performance, translating the essence of their rich recorded oeuvre into an unforgettable and unrepeatable sonic synergy that has never been heard before and will never be heard again: a one-of-a kind listening experience just for you!

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Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it.
Nakai began playing the traditional Native American flute in the early 1980’s and has released more than 50 albums in his career (with 40 on the Canyon Records label). Nakai has earned two gold records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit. In 2014, Canyon Trilogy reached Platinum status, (over 1 million units sold), the first ever for a Native American artist performing on a traditional instrument. In addition to solo appearances throughout the United States , Europe and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, pianist Peter Kater, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras.
While well grounded in the traditional uses of the flute, Nakai has explored new musical settings including new age, world beat, jazz and classical. His cross-cultural collaborations have included Tibetan flutist, Nawang Khechog and Hawaiian slack-key guitarist, Keola Beamer, as well as a Japanese folk group, Wind Travelin’ Band. He has recently begun working again with his world-beat jazz group, the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, including Will Clipman on percussion, Amo Chip Dabney on keyboards and saxophone, and Johnny Walker on bass.
R. Carlos has earned eleven Grammy nominations and 10 NAMA awards, a Governor’s Arts Award and an honorary doctorate from NAU.


Will Clipman began playing his father’s drums and his mother’s piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then mastered a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. Will has received seven GRAMMY® Nominations, including one for his solo world music album Pathfinder. He is also a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner, and a two-time TAMMIE Award Winner, and has been inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum for his contributions to the musical community in his hometown. Will has recorded over sixty albums, including over thirty for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist, and has toured throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, Morocco and Russia. His Planet of Percussion® performance and workshop takes audiences of all ages on a world tour of rhythm and polyrhythm. Explore Will’s creative world further at www.willclipman.com.

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