Four-time Indian Summer Music Award nominated Gareth Laffely brings "The Journey" Tour 2014 to the Living Water Native American Flute Circle House Concert in Downers Grove, Illinois, on Thursday, September 4th, 2014, at 7:30pm. Appearing with Gareth Laffely will be Neil Laffely on guitar and Susan Oliver on vocals. Opening act will be Indian Summer Music Award nominated John Sarantos. Appearing with John Sarantos will be Bill Bergman on Native American flute and Carol Ann Bergman on Native American flute. RSVP at 541-554-3216 for location. Suggested donations are $10 to $15 at the door. Show is at 7:30pm. Also scheduled is a Meet & Greet at 7:00pm and a Flute Circle Jam at 9:00pm (after concert).
Gareth Laffely, known as Gareth, is a gifted 16-year-old singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Nashville, Tennessee, whose amazing skills and abilities on the Native American flute, powerful heartfelt vocals, catchy lyrics, together with the blending of pop, rock, and world music, makes for a revolutionary style all his own. He draws inspiration from his Native American heritage; his Mi'kmaq/Cree descent. He is completely self taught on the Native American flute.
A rising star, gaining acclaim for his music, live performances, and philanthropy, Gareth has been touching lives and moving souls by tugging at heartstrings of people all over the world. He takes an anti-bully message into schools across the country, raising awareness while performing. He is an advocate for cancer as well, raising awareness and performing at benefits for early detection. He donates proceeds from his song, "Move On" to cancer and works with hospice patients whenever possible.
Gareth released his debut album entitled, "The Journey", on July 17th, 2013, (whose title song was written to honor those who lost their lives on the Trail of Tears) and was recorded with two-time GRAMMY Award nominated hit songwriter and Dove Award winning producer Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion, the Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, .38 Special), and GRAMMY Award winning engineer, Gary Dales. Listen to "Under A Big Sky" by Gareth Laffely on SoundCloud here. Listen to "Spirit Horse" by Gareth Laffely on SoundCloud here. Listen to "Boomerang" by Gareth Laffely on SoundCloud here.
"It's important to be a positive role model." says Gareth. A change can start with one small act. Make a difference in your community." [from Gareth Laffely press release and biography]
John Sarantos is one of the World's preeminent Native American flute instructors and has facilitated weekend and week-long contemporary Native American flute workshops from coast-to-coast for over 20 years. His introductory, intermediate, advanced and master classes have been available from New York City's prestigious Open Center, national cultural gatherings, intimate flute circles and one-on-one private lessons. He has performed live in venues large and small; including New York City’s Carnegie Hall. A respected educator, his professional teaching expertise covers many subjects; but he specializes in Drama, Art, and Music. Recognized as a Native flute music historian, John has written six songbooks for the native flute. He also has an extensive background in the business of entertainment, having acted in over 35 commercials, 5 feature films and created, produced and starred in 26 episodes of Mr. Moon's Magic Circus for CBS-TV. He has written, directed and starred in T-Bone's World of Clowning and received the Award of Excellence from the Hollywood Film Advisory Board for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming.
John has been an instructor at the Zion Canyon Flute School in Springdale, Utah and facilitated with Ken Light and R. Carlos Nakai at the Renaissance of the Native American Flute workshop in Montana. He was an emcee and performer at the Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation Gathering (two years in a row) and a main presenter and performer at the International Native American Flute Association convention. He has recorded with award-winning smooth jazz band, Robert Lee Revue, named for Robert Lee Balderrama, aka Bobby Balderrama, renowned guitarist of Question Mark and the Mysterians (of "96 Tears" fame) and appears on "City Of Smooth Jazz" (released September 12th, 2012). He has also recorded with award-winning world fusion band, Sun Shadows, and appears on "Journey To The Sun" (released February 22nd, 2013). As a founding member of the New York based flute duo, NightDancers, with Gera Clark; their 2007 debut release, "Montana Crossings" (currently available as digital only download), was nominated for a 2008 Indian Summer Music Award in the Best Native Spirit Recording category. "Welcome Home Brother", John’s adaptation of “Taps,” has been well received on YouTube. View "Welcome Home Brother" by John Sarantos on YouTube here. [from John Sarantos biography]
Thursday, September 4th, 2014
Living Water Native American Flute Circle presents
An evening of music with Native American flutes and vocals
- featuring -
Neil Laffely, guitar
Susan Oliver, vocals
Bill Bergman, flute
Carol Ann Bergman, flute
Downers Grove, Illinois
Meet & Greet: 7:00pm
Flute Circle Jam: 9:00pm
For location: RSVP at 541-554-3216
Suggested donations: $10 to $15 at the door.