Native American Artists & Performers
Aaron White has been entertaining audiences for 28yrs as a songwriter/Native American Flute Player/Guitarist. He has produced and recorded many songs throughout his career as well as performed with many artist. He has worked with film makers and done original scores for film and Television.
Jesse Valenzuela, a Phx native and member of Pascua Yaqui Tribe has had 30 year plus career with the Gin Blossoms.
In that time writing and producing multi-platinum records and garnering a Grammy nomination.
He has written extensively for Film and TV as well as other artists, and still makes solo records.
“Artificial Red” is comprised of Native American
artists Randy Kemp (Choctaw/Euchee/Muscogee Creek) performing with various Native American flutes, with accompaniment by Dean Yazzie (Dine’/Navajo) on acoustic guitar. Our music is a blend of original contemporary guitar arrangement with expressive flute responses, while intermittently fused with spoken word poetry of Native American life, themes and views.
Nominate for “Best Spoken Word” 10th Annual Native American Music Award (NAMA), Nominated for "Best Duo or Group of the Year" 18th Annual Native American Music Award (NAMA). Performance prelude flute music for President Barack Obama at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
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Pete Sands: Pete Sands was born and raised on the Navajo-Indian reservation in southern Utah. He is Musician, filmmaker, he began his music career in late 2009. In the fall of 2014 he released his debut EP "Dirt Dance Floor" by BLACKKISS. And now plays under the band name "Pete Sands & the Drifters" Sands soon entered the film industry in 2017 when he was cast as an actor in the season premiere of the hit television show “Yellowstone” produced by Paramount Studios. The show also ended up including music from Sands as well. Sands hopes to make learning about Diné language and culture fun for children through his show "Navajo Highways” with the aid of puppeteers.
A member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Gabriel Ayala performs original material in a style he calls “JazzMenco,” a fusion of flamenco and jazz. A classical guitarist who earned a master’s degree in music performance from the University of Arizona. Ayala has recorded classical, flamenco, tango, and jazz albums and has toured throughout the United States and internationally. Ayala is an award-winning artist and is quickly garnering many honors for his works. Gabriel also shares with young people his philosophy, “Love your children, honor your elders, and respect your women.”
Photo credit: Rima Krisst
Sihasin is the duo of Jeneda and Clayson Benally, award winning musicians from the Diné Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona.
The siblings performed in the 2019 Homegrown Concert series as members of the Jones Benally Family Dancers. They have also made their mark (along with brother Klee) as the award-winning "alter- Native" punk band Blackfire.
The name Sihasin is a Diné word that means hope and assurance, and the music reflects hope for equality, healthy and respectful communities, and social and environmental justice.
YELLOW BIRD PRODUCTIONS
International renowned "Yellow Bird Productions" under the direction of Ken Duncan, member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe specializes in cultural presentations that celebrate the unique spirit of the American Indian. For the past 30 years, Yellow Bird has curated a unique repertoire of songs, dances, stories and dialogue that entertain and educate audiences of all ages.
Yellow Bird is a professional family dance company based in Phoenix, Arizona. The group boosts many national dance champions and have been feature performers for many prestigious audiences and institutions.
The Yellow Bird family have traveled the world over with many appearances from the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Jay Leno on NBC’s “Tonight Show”, to the London Summer Olympics to name a few.