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Native American flutist Gareth to kick off The Journey Tour 2014 in Indianapolis

Gareth "The Journey" album cover
Gareth "The Journey" album cover
Photo by Lawrence Boothby Artwork by Susan Oliver

Gifted 15-year-old Native American flutist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Gareth Laffely will kick off "The Journey" Tour 2014 with a live concert at The Irving Theater, 5505 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN, on Saturday, March 8th, 2014, at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets are $10 dollars / $6 dollars [students] and available at the door. Featured special guest artist will be John Sarantos, one of the world's pre-eminent Native American flute instructors who has performed in venues large and small; including New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Gareth Laffely at The Irving Theater Indianapolis
Gareth Laffely

Gareth's debut CD entitled, "The Journey" (see 4 star out of 5 star album review here), along with his live performances across the United States and Canada, have captured much fan excitement and gained him tremendous recognition and exposure. His recent participation in a GRAMMY U Amplifier contest sponsored by the Recording Academy and Hyundai Motors, where he finished in 3rd position for popular fan voting for his "Under A Big Sky" single, and several TV and radio appearances have only helped to solidify his popularity. Gareth is of Mi'kmaq/Cree descent and from Gallatin, Tennessee near Nashville. He has a revolutionary style that combines world, rock and pop music and his musical vision combines the spiritual and healing influences of the Native American flute with the edge of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. He is completely self taught on the Native American flute.

Remarkably talented well beyond his years, Gareth has been touching lives and moving souls by tugging at heartstrings of many all over the world. Gareth has shown a unique, rare, and undeniable innate ability to bring others joy through his music. Whether expressing an emotion or simply conveying an important message for change, Gareth has faced sensitive issues head-on to great aplomb and challenges teens everywhere to get involved with a cause to help make their community a better place. His unquestionable sincerity and thoughtfulness in wanting to make a difference in the lives of others is truly heartfelt, infectious, and very influential and persuasive!

Rick Moore, writer for Music News Nashville states, “He’s a rare talent, and he’s still just a kid. Compared to a lot of what’s going on in Nashville these days, he puts the “music” in “Music City.” Check him out.” Gareth released his debut full length CD entitled, "The Journey" in July 2013, available on iTunes, CDBaby, and all other major digital outlets. Gareth enlisted Nashville-based two-time GRAMMY Award nominated hit songwriter and Dove Award winning producer Robert White Johnson (Celine Dion, Larnelle Harris, the Beach Boys, Edyta, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, .38 Special), top Nashville session musicians Dave Cleveland (Guitar), Mike Noble (Guitar), Jason Webb (Piano), Jeff Roach (Piano), Craig Nelson (Bass), Scott Williamson (Drums), Steve Brewster (Drums), Thornton Cline (cello), Susan Oliver (Background Vocals), and GRAMMY Award winner Gary Dales as engineer to assist on his project.

Gareth began playing drums at age 4 and composing on the piano by age 5. His first song “Christmas Tree,” was recorded at age 5 and he has been writing and recording ever since. "Shiloh", an original instrumental song written on the violin, was recorded by the Nashville Suzuki Players and received radio airplay nationally in the United States. He became one of the youngest members of BMI, the performance rights organization, at age 12. The single, "Move On" was written after a dear family friend passed away from Cancer. Gareth penned the song to help the family deal with the loss. Gareth went on to gain national attention with his music video for “Move On”, and began performing at Cancer events around the country. He donates all proceeds from the song to Cancer. [from Gareth Laffely biography]

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John Sarantos is one of the World's pre-eminent Native American flute instructors and has facilitated weekend and week-long contemporary Native American flute workshops from coast-to-coast for over 18 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.

In 2012 and 2013, John was an instructor at the Zion Canyon Flute School in Springdale, Utah. For 13 years, he facilitated with Ken Light and R. Carlos Nakai at the Renaissance of the Native American Flute workshop in Montana. In 2013, he was a performer and emcee at Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation Gathering (an inaugural three-day event for the new Ken Light and R. Carlos Nakai not-for-profit) in TN. In 2006, 2008 and 2012, he was a main presenter and performer at the International Native American Flute Association convention.

A respected educator, John has been accredited and licensed as a K-12 teacher in IL, KY, MI, MN, NY, OR, and WI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota. His professional teaching expertise covers many subjects; but he specializes in Drama, Art, and Music. He has sought to maximize each student’s emotional, physical and intellectual growth. He is recognized as a Native American flute historian and has written six songbooks for the Native American flute.

John has recorded with Robert Lee Balderrama, aka Bobby Balderrama, renowned guitarist of Question Mark and the Mysterians and appears on, City Of Smooth Jazz, released by Bobby Balderrama's award-winning smooth jazz band Robert Lee Revue on 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. "Welcome Home Brother,” John’s adaptation of “Taps,” is well received on YouTube.

As a founding member of the New York based flute duo, NightDancers, with Gera Clark; their 2007 debut release, Montana Crossings, was nominated for a 2008 Indian Summer Music Award in the Best Native Spirit Recording category. Montana Crossings - the debut studio recording from New York City based composer/flautists Gera Clark and John Sarantos is a well-crafted, melodic gem of an album featuring themes of exploration, transformation, interconnection and grace. Recorded at the world-famous Avatar Studios in NYC by Jim Anderson, with mastering by Fred Kervorkian. Clark and Sarantos assembled a team which successfully captured the essence of NightDancers' vision. Montana Crossings contains 15 instrumental tracks featuring twenty-five flutes representing eleven flute makers from coast-to-coast. No overdubbing or sound samplers were used on the recording. Montana Crossings/GENRE: Native - New Age – World; FORMAT: Instrumental - Public Radio - Variety – World; MUSIC STYLE: Contemporary Native American Flute; STREET DATE: May 29, 2007; LABEL: NightDancers Music/BMI

John also has an extensive background in the business of entertainment. He has 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. [from John Sarantos biography]

Saturday, March 8th, 2014
The Irving Theater presents

with special guest

The Irving Theater
5505 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Venue Info: 317-356-3355
Concert Info: 615-944-8082

Doors: 6:00pm / Show: 7:00pm
Tickets available at the door: $10 / $6 [students]

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