ADAM PAGE

Hailing from Adelaide South Australia, critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Adam Page has been performing his multi-instrumental looping show around the world since 2006.

I first met Adam at a Saturday craft market, where he tested out his first Harmony Flute. Watching him effortlessly create the outstanding and powerful melodies with this flute on the spot left me speechless. It took me a few months to craft a flute that I felt worthy of gifting to Adam. From there Adam travelled the world performing and recording live with his new flute, as well as being part of a very special international recording with composer John Psathas.

If you can’t find him in the skin search him out on YouTube, or go to Seek out Adam: http://www.adampage.com.au/

Emerging over 20 years ago, at the forefront of tribal music in the 1980′s, Sika polevaulted into the UK music scene and was immediately recognized as a gifted Didjeridoo player. Blending ancient and contemporary instruments, Sika’s music crosses the lines between world, ambient dance and acoustic trance, with a deep sense of reverence.

I’d heard of Sika, and listened to his music, and felt that one day when the time was right, we’d meet. It certainly took a few years, and then when our friendship circles intersected in Wellington, we finally connected. Since then it’s been a huge pleasure to see Sika play his collection of Southern Cross Flutes, in New Zealand, and hear them being played around the world.
http://sikamusic.com/sika/

Kokopelli is recognized as a mystic flautist, a cross-cultural bridge-maker, medicine person and humanitarian artist.
As a sacred world music producer, multi-instrumentalist and expert in Sound Medicine he offers his instruments as prayer tools and keys to initiate self-healing processes and expanded awareness.
Inspired by his uncountable ceremonies and studies with Indigenous Medicine People since age 17, Kailash facilitates prayer works and masters the Native American Prayer Flute as well as the mother of all flutes as one of the first european Didgeridoo players working with the healing effect of sound since 1988. Besides his spirit chants and overtone invocations he teaches Sacred Songdances for Peace and Healing Chi Movements known as KACHIMO or DragoYoga at the Sanctuary Mystery School of www.dragonrider.me in Sweden and all around the globe.

Within days of our learning that Kailash was in New Zealand, he was staying in our home and blessing us with his most wonderful and loving presence. For the weeks following I was so humbled to watch him play and pray with his new Swamp Kauri Southern Cross Flute.

Seek out Kailash: http://www.kailash-kokopelli.com or
http://www.reverbnation.com/kailashkokopelli

Swami Madhuram has been studying and teaching Yoga and Meditation under the guidance of H.H. Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, the creator of the Yoga in Daily Life system. His interest in “Nada Yoga”, the yogic path of sound, has led Swami Madhuram to apply his musical acumen to the bansuri (Indian bamboo flute) and to chanting, in his personal spiritual practice, as well for his his students and the wider interested audiences.

I first met Swami Madhuram as a member of our local community here in Raumati, where he was offering a Saturday night concert for the flute. I went along and was so completely gob-smacked to find, in our own neighborhood, one of the world’s finest bansuri flute players. Now, this is pretty special, and even more special because Madhuram is such a lovely person and friend! Swami plays a D minor Forest Flute crafted from Black Walnut, and features in his beautiful recordings. I now take bansuri lessons with Swami, and am enjoying more explorations with Nada Yoga under his expert guidance.

Seek out Swami: http://madhuram-music.com/music
Soundcloud Swami: https://soundcloud.com/madhuram

Rob Harding has been playing and growing with the Native American Style Flute since 2011. During that time Rob has performed live on numerous occasions, notably, over the years, at Futuna Chapel as part of the Colours of Futuna Concert Series. Creating narratives to share alongside playing his flutes, Rob has crafted a niche within the flute playing community in New Zealand with his enormous passion for sharing his skills and his song.

I first met Rob at a Saturday craft market (the same market at which I met Adam Page) in 2011. Rob purchased a flute thinking it would make a great ornament in his hallway. Well, Rob was a bit too curious and started playing this flute, and his massive enthusiasm led him to become a close friend and business mentor for Southern Cross Flutes.

Rob’s recordings can be heard within the Listening Post under Community Songs.

Jordi Cordwell first encountered the Native American Style Flute in 2012. After admiring the soothing sounds of the flute from afar, Jordi soon found that playing the flute could be an even more enjoyable experience. This came as quite a surprise to Jordi, having had very little musical-instrument playing experience previously. Soon Jordi was playing several of her favourite melodies, and she continues enjoys the peaceful space the Native American Style Flute brings to an otherwise busy life. Jordi says a key factor in her flute learning journey is the ongoing support of Southern Cross Flutes and the flute community, through learning resources, flute circles, and flute camp.

I remember the day Jordi and her husband Rowan came in to Frank Kitts Market (the same place I met Rob Harding and Adam Page). Jordi spent some time looking over the flutes, and a few days later came by my workshop to select her first flute. Since that day Jordi has continued to thrive with her flute, joining in our flute events, as well as being one of the solo flautist in the Colours Of Futuna Concert Series. You’ll see Jordi in many of the featured photos on this site and in other Southern Cross Flutes publications.

Chewy has been playing drums (Djembe) for about 15 years and has developed a huge passion for all music, especially world music. Because of this he was drawn towards Native American Style Flutes, which he finds to be the most magical of instruments. Chewy has been working with children and young adults for over 3 years using music as an interactive medium and says that flute-playing has been an amazing addition to his creativity, and has also helped grow his love and fascination for this beautiful instrument.

I recall the day Chewy got in touch with me, expressing his interest in the flute and his desire to own one. It took a while, but the day arrived when Chewy was driving down from Auckland and past our home, so we could meet in person, and Chewy could receive his new flute – crafted from Swamp Totara and with turquoise insets. Since then, Chewy’s love for the flute has exploded and I’ve enjoyed seeing him grow as a player and enthusiast for the Native American Style Flute. The latest addition to his collection is a Ancient Kauri low A flute.

Seek out Chewy: https://soundcloud.com/chewster

Premratna (Sarah Spence) is a singer/songwriter, kirtan artist and yoga teacher. A classically trained singer, her musical inspirations have included living and spending time at ashrams (residential yoga centres) in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India. Previously as a singer/songwriter, she used the name Sarah Marlowe.

Premratna translates as ‘jewel of unconditional love’. Sanskrit names are often given in yoga traditions with the intention of reminding the recipient of their highest potential.

On her debut album, she plays a Drone Flute in the key of A minor, crafted from Fijian Kauri.

Hear more of Premratna’s music at https://www.premratnamusic.com 

Photo by  Beverley Couper