Peter Kater & R. Carlos Nakai

If you've never heard pianist/composer Peter Kater and Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai's unique hybrid style of innovative contemporary instrumental music, do yourself a favor and head over to Boulder's Chautauqua Auditorium this Saturday night, July 18th. As fans across the world know, these two accomplished musicians will transport you to unexplored melodic worlds, ancient and modern.

Left to right: Peter Kater
and R. Carlos Nakai
After recording several successful solo projects, R. Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater began collaborating together in 1989 with their first recordings, Natives and Migration. Several million CD sales and 21 Grammy Award nominations later they're back on the road again.

Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure. His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it. Nakai’s first album, Changes, was released by Canyon Records in 1983, and since then he has released over thirty-five albums with Canyon plus additional albums and guest appearances on other labels with total sales of over 4 million CDs.

Nakai brought the flute into the concert hall, performing with over fifteen symphony and chamber orchestras and in a cross-cultural foray, Nakai performed extensively with the Wind Travelin’ Band, a traditional Japanese ensemble from Kyoto which resulted in an album, Island of Bows. Additional recordings with ethnic artists include In A Distant Place with Tibetan flutist and chanter Nawang Khechog, and Our Beloved Land with famed Hawaiian slack key guitarist and singer Keola Beamer. Recently, Nakai released Voyagers with Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar-David, which blends Native American melodies with Jewish and Arabic songs.

Nakai has received 11 Grammy Award nominations throughout his career and two gold records (500,000 units sold) for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit which are the first (and only) Native American recordings to earn this recognition. Nakai has an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University and was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

10-time Grammy Award nominee, Peter Kater, is a multi-platinum selling pianist composer who has released over 50 recordings and soundtracks since his first album, Spirit, came out in 1983. He has composed scores for over 100 TV and film productions, including 11 Broadway and Off-Broadway dramatic plays. He is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations.

Kater has performed all over the world including at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations. He has also composed scores for the Olympics, major sporting events, and world summits, as well as performed for many Presidents, luminaries, and celebrities. In these endeavors, he has collaborated with some of today's leading and most talented musicians, actors, and directors.

After studying classical piano from the age of seven years old and then moving into contemporary improvisation in his teens, the German-born pianist moved from New Jersey to Colorado and started playing improvisationally in clubs throughout the Boulder-Denver area. Mr. Kater quickly became known as a leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music and for the quality, beauty and emotional depth of his work.

Pianist-composer Peter Kater and Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai perform in concert at the Boulder Chautauqua Auditorium, July 18th, 2015, at 8pm. For tickets visit the Chautauqua Box Office online.

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