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Desert Dance
R. Carlos Nakai
Desert Dance
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age
 
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Desert Dance is R. Carlos Nakai's musical interpretation of his experiences in the sacred place of his ancestors, Colorado's San Luis Valley. Like his critically acclaimed 1988 release, Sundance Season, the Navajo-Ute m...  more »

      
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All Artists: R. Carlos Nakai
Title: Desert Dance
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Celestial Harmonies
Original Release Date: 1/1/1990
Re-Release Date: 1/23/1992
Genres: World Music, Jazz, New Age
Styles: North America, Native American, Jazz Fusion, Meditation
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 013711303322

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Desert Dance is R. Carlos Nakai's musical interpretation of his experiences in the sacred place of his ancestors, Colorado's San Luis Valley. Like his critically acclaimed 1988 release, Sundance Season, the Navajo-Ute musician's latest album was recorded in the Lindisfarne chapel, a uniquely resonant structure situated within this dramatic expanse of holy ground. Many tribes, from the early pueblo dwellers to the Kiowa, Arapaho, and Comanche, have inhabited this alpine valley over time. Near Alamosa, Colorado, where the Great Sand Dunes lie, is the site of the Navajo's eastern sacred mountain, Blanca Peak, and the center of the Ute world. Nakai weaves his improvisations on the native American wooden flute, nose flute, drums, rattle, and voice into poetic meditations on the land and its history. During Ancient Voices, he delicately plays a Southern Plains war dance drum with finger taps and brushes to reveal a hidden palette of sound, much like the whisper of spirits within the valley. The joyful spectacle of desert birds frolicking upon waves of transparent air currents is depicted on Turquoise Swallows Dance, while the wind's daily moods are choreographed in temperate summer breezes, dust devils, and cloud formations on Wind Dance. Other selections deftly combine the plaintive, yet, potent sounds of Nakai's heritage to explore the mystery and unique beauty of this sacred territory.

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Enter the Sacred
AmethystRosee | chicago, IL | 04/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In listening to this CD, I feel in a New Mexico canyon and hear the whispers of the ancestors beckoning. I love the mystical quality of this CD. The sacred chants and flute have a peaceful quality that transforms us to the dimension of the sacred. Good meditation/contemplation music. I have never heard less than excellent from Carlos Naki."
Sacred Valley
Joseph Sheader | Colorado Plateau | 01/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone who has lived within the sacred San Luis Valley of Coloraodo/New Mexico and treked thru the desert - alpine lands there, particularly around the Sacred Peak of Blanca and the Sangre's will hear the resonance of the land within the soul-full sound of Nakai's flute and chants."
Beautiful!
Neev | Woodinville, Washington | 02/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I own several CDs of Nakai's work and they are all wonderful, but this one is simply magic. It is a wordless poem to the beauty of the Southwest.

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