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 John Huling, Mixed Heritage musician (Flute Player)

John Huling, native american musician (flute player)

Tribe: Mixed Heritage
Genre: New Age, Flute, Fusion

John Huling bio, native american music discography, awards, reviews, quotes. Shop for John Huling flute music CDs.

Since 1983 John Huling has been creating masterfully crafted instrumental music with the native american flute, pan flute and nature as well as other instruments.

He began his musical education at the age of four, and has been playing for nearly fifty years. He plays percussion, native american flute and guitar.

Huling's formal education is quite varied. It ranges from Psychology, History, Oceanography, and Pre-medical academics to 16 years as a successful commercial photographer. Huling's photographic work has been published in the Smithsonian Archives for Historic Preservation, Architectural Digest, Harpers Bazaar, Architectural Record, and in numerous other publications.

John Huling has lived in and around Indian reservations for most of his life. Having traced his family heritage back for nearly 400 years in North America, Huling's background includes a mix of English, French, Iroquois, Narragansett, Mohawk, Scotch, Welsh and German.

Huling is one of the original pioneers of Native American fusion sound...also know as "Native American Influenced" music so emulated today.

John's love for the flute truly blossomed in the 80's, around the time he released his first solo album in 1983. Several songs made it in the top 10 radio play lists. In the late 80's, he began incorporating new elements into his music, meaning synthesizers and studio work designed to give the music a soft, fluid feel. His move into public consciousness was cemented with his 1993 album SPIRITLANDS, which has been a perennial bestseller for over a decade.

John Huling is an artist that is amazingly in touch with the natural world around us. His music captures, like no other, the true spirit of the Native Southwest. The artist's expertise lies with the Native American Flute, an instrument he has been playing for most of his life. However his musical skills don't end there; just listen to any one of his albums and you will witness a mosaic of natural ambience, percussion, multicultural instrumentation and mood.

John Huling Discography and Awards:

  • His first album, Musical Visions of the Southwest was released.
  • 1992 - Under Desert Skies was in the top 10 for sixteen years.
  • 1993 - Spiritlands was released and has been a bestseller for the last decade.
  • 2000 - Canyon Spirit
  • 2001 - Ancient Canyons
  • 2001 - Under One Sky: Native American Flute & Rhythm (Various Artists)
  • 2002 - Mesa Sunrise: The Best Of John Huling
  • 2003 - Ancestral Waters was released, which invokes the beauty and peacefulness of our nation's waterways.
  • 2008 - Prophecy 2: A Hearts Of Space Native American Collection (Various Artists)

Critical reviews of John Huling's work:

I bought Jelly Music at the beautiful Shedd Aquarium in Chicago while on vacation. I have never purchased this kind of music before and it is a wonderful experience. My husband and I listen to it before we go to bed, and now are addicted to it. The melodies are soothing, relaxing and the ocean sounds are haunting and magical. It feels luxurious and we look forward to creating a peaceful mood that lulls us to sleep, letting the cares of the world fall away. I just ordered two more of his CD's, which feature Native American music, and look forward to more of the mystical atmosphere John Huling creates. Listening to Huling at home is such a treat, I wish that I had discovered him years ago, but better late than never! Treat yourself!
~Michelle McKenzie/Monterey California USA

John Huling on his music:

"I absolutely love music. It has been part of my family's history for more than 400 years if not more. Grandfather Semu Haiati of the Chumash tribe, had told me to ...always do your own songs... listen to the spirit and the song will come."

Background music on this video by John Huling

This article was published on Friday 20 June, 2008.
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