Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ep 38 - Song 1: "O Holy Night" by Jonny Lipford

"In a career that spans fourteen solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Jonny Lipford has made his mark as one of the most versatile musicians of ancient wooden flutes in the US. Since the beginning of his musical journey with Native-style flutes in 2002, Lipford has always been an enthusiastic trailblazer. His innate ability to uniquely carve a new path bridging cultures and marrying unexpected genres together has certainly been astonishing.

"As an instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, author, instructor and consistently memorable performer, Jonny Lipford is a true inspiration. He conducts himself in a way that makes others feel acknowledged, understood and motivated...

"For his newest musical pursuit, he is still exploring and expanding the boundaries of the Native-style flute, plunging headlong into a more vibrant jazz and pop crossover scene with an ancient instrument. As Lipford progresses and matures, audiences have noticed and awakening happening with both his music and his sentiments. His performances are a fusion of music and message. He utilizes the capacity of music to empower and inspire a diverse crowd.

“'Instrumental music is like abstract art for the ears. It’s timeless and limitless,' says Lipford. That couldn’t ring more true as a quick gaze into the audience reveals people of all creed and color, immersing themselves in the music and message."
- from his home page

"Jonny Lipford is a critically acclaimed and award winning instrumentalist who has taken the Native American flute “outside the box” and successfully branded himself as being the most ambitious flutist in the music industry. Lipford has blazed trails in only a short amount of time since starting his journey with the Native American flute at the age of 13. Gaining popularity worldwide, Lipford has profoundly become the most recognized for ear catching melodies and timeless songwriting."
- from his Facebook page

"When Jonny Lipford played his first native American flute, he didn’t realize the success he’d find.

"He’d discovered the flute while watching cartoons.

“'I saw this character playing a brown flute. It had a different sound than anything I’ve ever heard before ... A quality of sound and soulfulness that no other instrument can produce,' he said.

'Then on Christmas Day 2002, Lipford, 13, unwrapped his future. His first flute.

“'I fell in love,' he said.

"Fast-forward 13 years to find the now-26-year-old Florida-native with about 125 world flutes and a name already made for himself both locally and internationally as a native American flutist...

"All his songs are originals. Music is a way for him to “express what (he’s) feeling,” he said — a 'vessel' for his emotions. And, he said, the flute can be very therapeutic.

“'It’s relaxing and reaches people in different ways,' he said. 'You kind of capture them with the sound of this instrument, and they become infatuated. They get hooked.'"
- from a Cedar Rapids Gazette article by Liz Gabel

Jonny Lipford - flutes, keyboards, synthesizers

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