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KSUT Sessions: R. Carlos Nakai


The Native American flute master played and talked about his diverse influences.

KSUT was honored to have Native American flute master R. Carlos Nakai play our studios. His interview and performance aired on both Four Corners Public Radio and Southern Ute Tribal Radio.

Nakai has been playing Native American flute since the early 1980s, following a formal education in classical trumpet and music theory.

Since 1983, he's released more than 50 albums, including the Platinum-selling Canyon Trilogy, and played throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan in both solo and collaboration settings.

He continues to play in the genres of Native American and classical, and also plays an ethnic-styled jazz with his R. Carlos Nakai Quartet.

R. Carlos Nakai is of Navajo-Ute heritage and holds a Master's Degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona.

Session notes:
R. Carlos Nakai recorded live on KSUT, July 9, 2015.
Interviewer: Jim Belcher
Live Mix Engineer: Mark Duggan
Post-Production Engineer: Mark Duggan

A technical note: KSUT Sessions were initially mixed for live broadcast and 'captured' by recording equipment. Post-production sometimes revealed deficiencies unique to the recording. Efforts were taken to reduce such deficiencies, but some are still audible.